Prospective volunteers often have a question that looms large in their minds: “Why should I pay to volunteer? After all it’s my time that I’m donating.”
Believe me, there are many good reasons.
One can work directly with a local in-country organization but it takes a lot of time and very careful investigation. This is also usually best done when one is in the country where the organization is located and thus requires travel to the site.
Many organizations in the U.S. are 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations where all program fees are tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers. Be certain to check with the organization and with your accountant.
In countries outside the U.S. check with the organization to see if their fees are tax-deductible in their home country.