Program fees

Program fees

OSVSWA is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation, and entirely dependent upon the resources of volunteers and supporters.

OSVSWA’s principle objective is the empowerment of marginalized communities through mid to long-term project work. Our approach is consistent and sustainable and aims to use our resources efficiently. While our volunteers help to provide time, expertise and financial resources to fund our operation, the staff of OSVSWA work hard to ensure that our community programs run continuously and that our volunteers are provided with a well organised and facilitated experience, which is enriching for all concerned.

Without the program fees that you pay, OSVSWA would be unable to sustain the platform upon which both our project work and the support that we provide to volunteers and interns are based.

OSVSWA is not an agency and we place volunteers in our own programs and projects. The majority of our staff are local. They are paid reasonable salaries by local standards, however, this accounts for very little of our overall costs. All of your program fee goes directly to either fund your time in Odisha, India, including transport, food, accommodation, induction, or towards funding our communities programs, along with the every day administrative costs that these things incur.

At OSVSWA, we work hard to continue to work efficiently, ensuring that our program fees remain affordable for our volunteers and interns and our community work continues to be consistent and effective.

Program Booking Fee: €100 – is a non refundable fee which covers processing your application and pre-departure support and is not deductible from program fees.

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  • Please read the following information carefully before you book your position:

  • • The program costs are reviewed in every July to adjust the inflation rates.

    • To book a volunteer / internship placement with us, you should pay €100 using bank transfer as stated below. This amount is for processing your application; pre departure support and ensures your arrival at OSVSWA and NOT deductible from program fees. We only accept payment once you are accepted for the program.

    • You may contact us for customized group Volunteering & program fee.

    • If you wish to work for more than one placement, then you are required to pay €70 extra to cover our extra logistic work.

    • Program Induction: 2 start dates are usually available each month i.e. 1st and 15th of each month. It varies from 1 to 3 days or even a week depending on program duration and nature of work. Induction period is considered part of your volunteering / internship program period. If you wish to come in between for a short period, you will receive a basic orientation before the placement. Please arrive one day prior to the program induction date.

    • Please read carefully about OSVSWA’s Terms and Conditions before confirm your placement;

    • We mainly accept cash payment. If you wish to pay by online, please note our bank details and bank transfer fees. We accept only Indian Rupees, Euros and US dollar.

  • The program fee covers:
  • 1) Transportation
  • • Airport pick up by OSVSWA staff members
    • Pick up from hotel / guesthouse to OSVSWA Office
    • Hotel / Guesthouse/Volunteers House to project site on the first day with your luggage
    • From the project site to OSVSWA office / Hotel on the last day with your luggage;

  • 2) Program Induction (Pre service training)
  • • Presentation on OSVSWA history, development, strategies, success and failure stories
    • Survival Indian local language course ; 2 hours each day during the induction
    • Odisha’s culture & Do’s & Don’ts
    • Presentation on India / Odisha history, politics, economy, social problems
    • Health & safety Tips
    • Program related orientation, e.g. teacher training - tips.
    • A half day sightseeing at Bhubaneswar e.g. Khandagiri, Udayagiri, Dhauli and ISCKON Temple.
    • Stationary & handouts of the presentations

  • 3) Food & Accommodation
  • • Accommodation at a guesthouse / volunteers house / budget hotel on same gender sharing basis and lunch at OSVSWA’s office during program the induction.
    • Food & accommodation during placement
    • The living standard will be of local standard and 1 breakfast and 2 meals (lunch and dinner) provided;

  • 4) Administrative Cost
  • • Staff salaries
    • Office rent & office supplies
    • Regular follow up support
    • Meeting & socialization with volunteers & local youths
    • 24/7 emergency support
    • Free wireless internet at our office and field site (wherever available)
    • Communications like Internet & phone, letters
    • Administrative charge
    • Local taxes & membership fees

  • 5) Community Project Funding
  • • Women’s empowerment: women’s clubs, women’s cooperatives, income generative projects, education & life skills • Children’s development: early child development centers, children’s clubs, children’s education, compound cleaning, classroom maintenance, toilet maintenance and material support, and teacher training
    • Community health: Free medical check-up
    • Youth empowerment: youth clubs and their activities to empower local youth
    • Project staff salaries
    • Support for local volunteers

  • The program fee excludes the following:
  • • Airfare, Visa and Visa extension fee etc.
    • Stationeries during volunteering period if you wish to use much;
    • Breakfast and dinner during program induction (€5 per day will be enough)
    • Return transfer to airport - OSVSWA staff can help you to drop you off the airport if you need help;
    • Transportation during weekends travel;
    • Entrance fees to the Heritage / Tourist sites;
    • Personal travel and sightseeing
    • Laundry, internet access, telephone, drinks or other costs accrued during training and placement;
    • Gifts to project staffs and host family, if you wish to buy any;
    • Should you wish to spend more time in Bhubaneswar city pre and post placement period, please remember to budget accordingly!
    • Travel and medical insurances, immunization, health expenses;
    • You will also need a weekly budget of up to US $20 to cater for all your other expenses like bottled water etc.

  • Please use the following bank address to send money for VIN:

  • Account Name: Orissa State Volunteers and Social Workers Association
    Account Number: 0799010103646

    Remember: You are required to cover the bank transfer fees, if you transfer to our above bank account.

    Note: Once you start your placement, if you wish to discontinue in any reason, the programs fee you pay are not refundable.
    OSVSWA is solely funded through the Program Fees paid by volunteers like you. Independent donations are welcomed and will be applied toward various projects established by OSVSWA. If you are interested in providing a donation, please use our online DONATE NOW button.

    Thank you for reading and understanding!