How much do the projects cost?

To secure your place with VESA a non-refundable deposit of is payable immediately after you have received notification of your acceptance to participate in the program.
The balance or final payment of the program costs is due 45 days before departure. 

The total cost (inclusive of deposit and exclusive of flights) of the VESA program is: 

Program

Deposit

Final payment

Total

Africa Unearthed

GBP£200

GBP£1099

GBP£1299

Amazonas Explored

GBP£200

GBP£1049

GBP£1249

Fiji Islands Discovered

GBP£200

GBP£1099

GBP£1299

South East Asia Encountered

GBP£200

GBP£1049

GBP£1249

What is included in the cost?

The cost includes:

  • Non refundable deposit to secure your space.
  • All accommodation for the duration of the program.
  • All ground transportation in country.
  • All meals (three meals per day) whilst in Ecuador, South Africa, Laos and Fiji, except for the free day. We can cater to vegetarians and some types of food allergies.
  • Bottled water in Ecuador and when necessary in Fiji, Laos and Africa.
  • Some snacks.
  • Building materials needed for volunteer project.
  • Hiring of local skilled trades people to assist in the volunteer projects.
  • A monetary donation to the local host organisation.
  • Guided 5 day jungle tour (Ecuador) or 6 day island hopping adventure (Fiji) 5 day Safari (Africa) 5 day Laos adventure tour.
  • All admission fees to local parks and sites.
  • All accompanying VESA staff members.
  • All administration costs.
  • Certification (if requested) of completion of the volunteer program. Great for your resume.

What is not included in the cost?

The cost does not include:

  • International airfares
  • Airfares to the International point of departure (if required)
  • International Departure Taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Any visas (if required)
  • Passports
  • Meals on one free day

What if I need to cancel?

If you wish to withdraw your enrolment please notify us in writing by post or by email. Please note that if you wish to withdraw your agreement you will be bound by the cancellation fees set out in the VESA Cancellation Policy.

Am I able to fundraise to offset the cost of the program?

Absolutely! In fact, we encourage all our students to actively fundraise to help pay for their program costs. Upon receipt of your deposit and confirmation onto a program, VESA will send out a fundraising package. The fundraising package contains a letter from VESA introducing you to potential donors, a letter from the local host organisation, a list of proven fundraising ideas and a receipt document.

Many of our students have raised all of the funds necessary for their program and flights costs. Join our Facebook group and page Volunteer Eco Students Abroad to see some of their ideas.

Please note, whilst VESA is a volunteer organisation it is not a registered charity so donations will not be tax deductible.

Add on Programs

Deposit

Final payment

Total

The Road to Mozambique - (after Africa Unearthed)

GBP£100

GBP£499

GBP£599

The Road Less Travelled - (after Amazonas Explored)

GBP£100

GBP£499

GBP£599

A Week in Paradise - Turtle Conservation - (after Fiji Islands Discovered)

GBP£100

GBP£499

GBP£599