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€85€55€40
European projects€150€105€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?

  • VSI membership for one year
  • administration costs
  • pre-departure training
  • insurance cover for projects in Europe and North America (project duration only) (contact VSI for details of cover and limitations)
  • support throughout all stages of your 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.