Why Choose Volunteer Abroad
Choosing an international volunteer program can be difficult. There is a huge range in pricing and program structures and often it can be very confusing trying to find a Volunteer Abroad program that provides the services you need for a fee that seems fair.
Over the last fifteen years we have been working on establishing a structure on the ground in each country that allows us to offer the most extensive volunteer training of any short-term Volunteer Abroad program in the world for the most affordable program fees.
Below outlines some of the key points that differentiate BaseCamp Volunteer Centers and the Volunteer Abroad program from any other affordableinternational volunteer program out there.
BaseCamp Volunteer Centers have been facilitating the Volunteer Abroad program for more than 15 years and have placed thousands of volunteers. We are one of the longest-running short-term volunteer programs in the world.
BaseCamp's Volunteer Abroad program is one of the most affordable programs in the world while offering a great deal more training and support than even the most expensive programs. We have done this by setting-up our own dedicated training centers in each country instead of outsourcing these core services to third-part providers.
Extensive Orientation and Training
The BaseCamp 7-Day, volunteer abroad orientation and training is included in the registration fee. This intensive course prepares volunteers with training on using local transportation, bargaining and the market, meal etiquette, culture shock, political history, current events, basic language training, individual placement consultation and work plan review, health and safety training and detailed information about our emergency procedures. This training is critical to ensure a smooth transition for international volunteers from their lives at home to living with a homestay family and interacting with their co-workers at their placement.
Extensive Vetting Process
We provide each volunteer with a dedicated Program Consultant. Volunteers have access to very detailed placement information for multiple potential placements long before going overseas. This allows our volunteers to actively choose which organization they are most interested in supporting and ensures that the job requirements of the position fit well with the interests, skills and background of our volunteers.
Team of Staff In-Country
We have a team of staff on the ground in each country that includes regional representatives, administrators, program coordinators, language teachers, cooks and cleaners. Not only does this mean that the majority of your volunteer abroad program fees create lasting employment for people overseas, but you can be confident that there are many staff available to provide support when you need it.
BaseCamp Volunteer Centers
Our BaseCamp Volunteer Abroad Centers provide a fantastic transitional home during orientation and training and can make a comfortable long-term home if you would prefer to not live with a homestay family.
Advanced Communication With Overseas Staff
As soon as volunteers apply they are put in contact with the program staff overseas and are encouraged to work closely with that team. Therefore all questions regarding volunteer abroad placements available to volunteers, that have not already been addressed, can be answered directly by the staff involved. By the time the volunteers arrive in the country choosen they will have already developed a relationship with the in-country staff helping to make the transition to a new environment easier.