When you do volunteer work through Think Volunteer you pay program fees. These are one-off costs. The amount of the program costs varies per program. The projects that Think Volunteer cooperates with cannot contribute financially to transport, accommodation and meal costs. These costs are for your own account. We are convinced that a volunteer should not pay for voluntary work itself. Honest projects and prizes are important to us. That you want to do volunteer work is a good initiative and should not be stopped because it costs a lot of money.
The package or program that you choose includes a contribution for our coaching, preparation, guidance and workshop. We think it is important that volunteers are well prepared, which is why there is a compulsory (5-day) workshop. In addition, part of the contribution directly goes to charity in Indonesia. Mediation and guidance in Indonesia is outsourced to our cooperating travel partner Intern Indonesia.
You pay the chosen package once, regardless of the duration of your volunteer work (at least 3 months).
How are the program costs spent?
As a volunteer of Think Volunteer you pay program costs, where the majority will go to the country where you are going to do volunteer work. Think Volunteer stands for honest and responsible volunteering. We work together with projects that meet the requirements of the Better Care Network.
Explanation distribution Program costs
20% Preparation and workshop Think Volunteer
Think Volunteer believes that good and personal guidance is important, a lot of time and attention is available for this. The team guides volunteers with all preparations. You get an introduction day where you get to know other volunteers and are prepared for the project for which you are going to work. We will look at your qualities and how we can use them in practice. You will be linked to a Social Worker, with whom you will do supervision together. During your experience abroad you may come across certain things. Examples of this are a culture shock, different norms and values and different expectations. Thinking and reflecting are central to supervision. Contributed cases are made transparent and personal development is encouraged. At the end of your volunteer period we will look back and an evaluation will be made. Once you have left you can always fall back on the volunteer team in case of questions or problems.
The workshop is an important part and is therefore required to follow. The workshop consists of 5 sessions. By following this workshop you will be prepared for the work that you will do with the project. The workshop aims to get the best out of the volunteer. Well-prepared and trained volunteers ensure better and appropriate care. During the workshop we will focus on:
– The introduction of the project
– Social Work and Pedagogy
– Better Care Network
– Culture and faith
– Ethics and dilemmas
– Sustainable projects
– Qualities and pitfalls
– The Indonesian language
10% project donation
10% of the program costs go directly to the organisation where you are placed as a volunteer. In this way, the volunteer indirectly contributes to the investments needed for that project and thereby stimulates the development of the local community.
The amount that goes to the project serves the following purposes:
– Construction of schools and activity centers
– Teaching material: Think of all means to support lessons and activities, such as: pens, paper, notebooks, colored pencils.
– Healthy food
– Personal development of the local population: When children need some extra help or have a large talent, we would like to give these children a little extra support or offer them the opportunity to further develop this talent.
10% Costs for research, marketing, printing, etc.
Part of the program costs goes to informing the volunteers. Our team works hard to provide our volunteers with the right information. Consider, for example, information days, a preparatory handbook and our website.
60% overhead costs
Think Volunteer focuses on responsible social work in Indonesia. To make it as pleasant and easy as possible for our volunteers and trainees, we use a mediation service: Intern Indonesia, ensures that students and volunteers are provided with, among other things, good accommodation, transport, assistance with airline tickets and visa. In the event of problems, the student or volunteer can always rely on Intern Indonesia.
These overhead costs also include direct or indirect costs to make good supervision feasible abroad. This includes personnel, airline tickets so that the team can be on location, rent, insurance and administration.
Think Volunteer works exclusively with carefully selected (local) partner organisations abroad. For example, Think Volunteer can focus on guiding and responding to the needs of the project and the volunteer or trainee. By working together with other parties, by combining the local population and knowledge, we know how we can respond appropriately to the needs of the projects and the local communities. When the volunteer arrives abroad, the Intern Indonesia and the (foreign) team take over part of the supervision. You familiarised with the volunteer project. A colleague will also become your first point of contact and provide guidance / support in practice. We are therefore dealing with salaries to all local people with whom we work. In this way we stimulate the local economy.