A common question that arises with potential volunteers/interns is: why do you have to pay to intern?
Like anywhere in the world it costs money to buy food, pay rent, pay utility bills, pay for airport transfers, and provide orientation tours. This all costs extra when an intern arrives from overseas, so this is precisely what our program fee pays for.
Additionally, every organization charges to intern since they are mostly based in developing countries, and such communities have extremely limited funds and resources so therefore are unfortunately not able to subsidize the costs of hosting you. Internships also cost extra money to provide the attention and tools to run and teach the intern new skills; money which the institutions cannot source. The host institutions are always the ones in need of the help so simply cannot afford to pay you (though they are always extremely appreciative of your kindness to assist them).
We strongly believe that our program fee only reflects the minimum necessary costs involved. Our organization is entirely non-profit and the fee simply covers the costs of housing, feeding, transportation, utilities and a few other expenses all listed in the Program Fee.
We offer a low, honest price and still of a great quality experience. Some of the reasons why we are cheaper are that we are based in Ghana so we do not have any expensive administration or operating costs.
We offer quality volunteering /internship experience, if not better quality experience. We do not just see you on the first and last day. The Patriots team and members prides ourselves to focus every effort on making sure you are safe, comfortable and satisfied throughout your experience and you will never feel like you are neglected. When you come you will see exactly how your money is spent as we have nothing to hide!
We truly appreciate your help and assistance in Ghana and you look forward to working with you and immersing you in our numerous cultures!