Project Fees and Costs - No Fundraising Needed!

VSI Project Fees (short/long term) 

VSI is a voluntary, non-profit organisation. In order to sustain our work, we need to charge our volunteers a Project Fee. 


How much is the project fee?

 Waged Unwaged 2nd project 
Irish projects€75€50€40
European projects€140€100€50

International projects (rest of world)


Please note we can't process your application until we receive the Project Fee.


What does this fee include?

  • The administration costs involved in your placement.
  • Basic SCI Insurance policy while on projects in Europe and North America (contact VSI for details of cover and limitations).
  • Food and accommodation while on the project.
  • Membership of VSI for one year. As a member of VSI, you will receive regular news bulletins keeping you up to date with VSI news, events and volunteer opportunities both within and outside of VSI.
  • Your participation at the VSI Preparation Workshops for volunteers and Evaluation Workshop on your return.
  • Back up and support at all stages of your volunteer project


What's not included?

  • Volunteers have to cover travel to the country and internal travel to/from the projects.
  • Volunteers have to cover visa fees (if any).
  • Most partner organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Iceland charge an extra fee (from €150-€250) which the volunteer will have to pay on arrival. This will be stated in the project description.


How can I pay?

Go to the section Payments on the VSI website and follow the simple instructions.


Cancellations and refunds

If you have to cancel your application, please let us know immediately. Once placed on a project of your choice, you will not be entitled to a refund of your Project Fee, apart from exceptional cases. However, if we are unable to place you on a project, we will refund you Project fee (minus your VSI membership fee), you will remain a member of VSI for one year.


If you would like to support VSI's work, you can also donate here.