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WHY DOES IT COST TO VOLUNTEER?

Paying to volunteer can seem a strange concept. Why should you pay in order work for free? But this is a common misconception about international volunteer placements —the volunteer work is not what you are paying for. So what is the program package going towards?
First and foremost, we want you to know that Blue Flame Volunteers (BFV) is a registered Charitable Trust in Kenya. This means that we are a non-profit organization and we exist simply to fulfill our mission 

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Blue Flame Volunteers programs are based within poverty-stricken communities. We might partner with other local grass-roots institutions which are working hard to make a difference in their community/environment where the majority of people do not have the funds to adequately feed their families, afford health care, or send their children to school. The communities themselves are in need of infrastructure and support and do not have the ability to cover the costs for the much needed assistance a volunteer provides. Our long term aim is for the communities/projects we support to become sustainable and self-sufficient.

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Although you may not realize it initially, there are a range of costs involved in establishing and maintaining successful volunteer programs. At Blue Flame Volunteers we believe a successful volunteer program should bring genuine benefits to both the communities we work with and our volunteers. This is more difficult than it may sound and requires us to carefully select, manage and review the partner institutions we work with.

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There are also a number of costs involved with the services we offer our volunteers. Blue Flame Volunteers (BFV) is a NGO and does not receive any government funding so we are dependent on the fees paid by our volunteers to pay for the services and resources we provide. These services begin before you volunteer when you'll be assigned a volunteer coordinator to help you prepare for your trip, and continue when you return home by helping you to stay connected to your projects through our newsletters and updates. You'll of course also receive a whole range of services while you're volunteering, including: -
.......Airport pick-up
.......Orientation
.......Accommodation
.......Meals
.......Supervision
.......24hrs in country support.

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We are excited to get your placement under way where you will:

Make a difference in the lives of under-privileged children and adults by providing education and counselling in schools and orphanages.

Have the 24/7 support of a non-profit organization that will provide you with an affordable and rewarding placement.

Make a long-term impact in your community of choice - it's not just a vacation.

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