Where your money goes

Here at The Great Projects, we are often asked ‘Why do I have to pay to volunteer’? In simple terms, the majority of your project fee goes overseas to cover the cost of your time spent volunteering, with the rest going towards a wide variety of other expenses which are outlined below. If volunteers did not pay for their places on the projects, then the projects themselves would simply be unable to run.

One of the main elements of the project fees are the built-in donations, and the projects rely on these to provide for the animals in their care. By not only offering your time, but by also providing a conservation donation by way of your fee, you’re ensuring that your efforts to help protect the world’s most threatened species will continue long after you’ve returned home. In short: your yearly holiday could leave a lasting impact, creating a legacy for the project and the animals you’ve chosen to help. Below is a simple guide which shows how your project fee is divided between important elements and how much has been contributed in donations over the years.

Accommodation Accommodation, food, and all volunteer activities
Transfers Transfers to and from the airport for most projects
Donation A conservation donation to help support the animals
Development Project development to ensure the best projects for all involved
Admin Administration, insurance, staff and any additional office costs

The Breakdown

2020 Project & Tour Donations By Continent

Africa $42,926
Asia $35,939
The Americas $4,469
Europe $0

Total: $83,333

2019 Project & Tour Donations By Continent

Africa $163,703
Asia $201,803
The Americas $21,452
Europe $17,208

Total: $404,163

2018 Project & Tour Donations By Continent

Africa $122,701
Asia $189,207
The Americas $30,737
Europe $13,010

Total: $355,655

2017 Project & Tour Donations By Continent

Africa $140,363
Asia $237,899
The Americas $20,201
Europe $14,298

Total: $412,759

2016 Project & Tour Donations By Continent

Africa $110,142
Asia $183,320
The Americas $15,122
Europe $12,820

Total: $321,404

2015 Project & Tour Donations By Continent

Africa $81,900
Asia $218,000
S America $14,841
Europe $9,854

Total: $324,594

2014 Project & Tour Donations By Continent

Africa $112,487
Asia $196,201
S America $26,558

Total: $335,246

2013 Project & Tour Donations By Continent

Africa $55,967
Asia $123,517

Total: $179,484

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