This is one of the most commonly asked questions and perhaps the least understood. Similar to most volunteer lead NGOs, ETIV do Brasil does charge fees, although we are among the most affordable, particularly for our location. The fees that are charged to volunteers covers administration, recruitment and all of the support we offer to volunteers including:
- pre-departure support and guidance
- project placement and training
- internship supervision (which often involves various paperwork)
- project supplies
- volunteer management
- recruitment and marketing
- organization of housing, transportation and cultural education
- arrangement of Eco and Adventure Tours
- 24 hour emergency support
Much of the groundwork that is put into building a successful and meaningful experience for volunteers isn’t free. There is a lot of work that goes into ensuring our programs and projects are set up and flow with the influx of different volunteers that come and go. To insure a consistent flow of volunteers, time and commitment is put into recruiting. ETIV do Brasil provides ongoing support to our volunteers before and during their time with us. Pre-departure guidance including emails, Skype calls, providing information about Brazil and Itacaré are all included in your experience. Once you arrive, orientation (to Itacaré, your project and the NGO), training and guidance are provided and continued throughout your stay.
Your contribution is critical to support the NGO as we work to provide valuable programs and projects to the children and families in Itacaré. This contribution also ensures that you are able to have a meaningful and fulfilling volunteer experience with us. We work diligently to ensure that all of the funding we receive helps to create positive changes in our communities while offering a life changing experience for our volunteers.