Long Term Volunteer Programme Costs

ACVE works hard to keep our fees as reasonable as possible for our volunteers, while maintaining our personalised service and programme quality. Our fees reflect the high level of care and support we put into our relationships with our partners and host projects overseas, as well as the level of support we offer our volunteers at all times through their volunteer exchange year.

ACVE is a registered Charitable Trust with the New Zealand Charities Commission. As such, we are subject to a rigorous financial reporting procedure and strive at all times to run the programme in an ethical, transparent, responsible and sustainable manner.
Our fee structure has two levels depending on the programme country.

Departure dates for our long term programmes (6 or 12 months) are Jan/Feb and Jul/Aug of each year.
All fees are in New Zealand dollars.

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Country

6 months

12 months

Argentina

$4,755

$7,930

Austria

$5,480

$8,075

Bolivia $4,755 $7,205
Brazil $5,190 $7,785
Colombia $5,625 $7,640
Denmark $6,205 $8,510
Ecuador $5,437 $8,075
Finland $6,133 $8,365
France $6,060 $8,075
Germany $5,770 $7,930
Ghana $4,175 $6,480
Honduras $4,755 $6,625
Iceland $6,205 $8,800
India $4,320 $6,770
Indonesia $4,030 $6,625
Italy $6,350 $8,510
Japan $5,915 $8,800
Kenya
$4,030 $6,625
Mexico $4,900 $7,350
Morocco $4,175 $6,625
Mozambique $4,103 $6,190
Nepal $4,538 $7,350
Nigeria $3,885 $6,335
Peru $4,465 $6,988
Philippines $4,320 $6,915
Russia $5,190 $8,583
South Africa
$4,465 $7,495
South Korea
$5,190 $7,785
Spain $5,915 $8,075
Sweden $6,205 $8,655
Switzerland $6,350 $8,510
Taiwan $4,900
$7,350
Tanzania $4,393 $7,060
Togo $4,175 $6,625
Uganda $4,465 $6,335
United Kingdom
$5,915 $7,495
USA $5,915 $8,220
Vietnam $4,610 $6,480


A $500 deposit is requested upon acceptance into our outgoing international volunteer team.

This deposit ensures your placement within the team to the country of your choice. Places are limited each year due to visa restrictions and the capacity of the projects to host volunteers.

Deadlines for applications

  • 01 November 2017 for Jan/Feb 2018 departures

Don’t forget, your programme fee includes the following:

  • Extensive pre-departure preparation including a training camp with ACVE
  • Board and lodging in your host country (host family or shared residence at the project)
  • Airport transfers
  • Emergency medical insurance
  • In-country orientation, language training, mid-year camp (12 month volunteers only) and final camp
  • On-going 24/7 support and supervision in-country
  • Travel and introduction to your host project and to the in-country training camps
  • Monthly pocket money (amount varies between each country)

It is important to remember that programme fees do not include:

  • Visa processing charges (volunteers are responsible for acquiring the necessary visa). However, ACVE will happily assist you with this wherever possible.
  • Return international airfare (volunteers are responsible for co-ordinating travel itineraries with the relevant start dates).
  • Any required vaccinations or immunizations
  • Travel to the pre-departure training weekend

Application process

  1. Choose your country
  2. Choose the length of your international volunteer programme (6 months or 12 months)
  3. Choose your start date (Jan/Feb or August)
  4. Contact ACVE and receive an application pack
  5. Once we have received your application we will invite you for an interview, either at the ACVE office or via SKYPE. We always encourage our volunteers to come and see us at the ACVE office. We can show you round and you can get a feel for the organisation and meet our friendly staff. Friends and parents are also welcome to come along.
  6. Upon completion of a successful interview, you will receive an offer of place and contract to sign. This is when the $500 deposit would be payable. We work with each volunteer to agree a suitable payment plan.

ACVE offer advice and ideas about the best way to fundraise for your international volunteer exchange. The best piece of advice we can offer is to get started early, don’t be daunted and focus on the amazing experience you will have overseas. It truly is a life-changing experience in so many ways.

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