Contribution Fees

SKIP stands out from other grassroots NGOs because of our professional approach, structured programme, and qualified, experienced staff. In order to provide this high level of training and support to volunteers, we have needed to find ways to bring in funds for salaries and other associated costs. Click here to see bios for our permanent team members. If you want to know how money is spent, read our annual reports.

One extremely important funding source has come from within our own volunteer community, and these donations currently provide around a third of our funding. We recognise that the financial burden of volunteering can be intimidating, so we have made some suggestions about how volunteers can work towards fundraising costs in our fundraising guide.

There are some coordination and leadership roles (for those with qualifications and experience and who are able to commit to a minimum of 9 months) that are exempt from the contribution fee and may include an incentive/living allowance - please see volunteer positions available. We also offer scholarships to South American volunteers - please get in touch for more details.

Accommodation will be provided and those costs are included in the contribution fee. Usually, volunteers share rooms, so please let us know if you want a private room. Host family options are available if you prefer to live with a local family, rather than in the volunteer house, let us know your preference during the application process.

In order to facilitate volunteers who wish to stay for a longer period of time, we have introduced a system whereby as you stay longer, the contribution fee amount per month decreases. There is an initial fee of $200 (or equivalent) in order to confirm your placement. Then, in order to cover the cost of your placement, the contribution fees are according to length of stay:

1st month: 1600 Nuevos Soles / (approx £370 GBP / $480 USD)
2nd month: 1600 Nuevos Soles / (approx £370 GBP / $480 USD)
3rd-5th month: 1150 Nuevos Soles / £255 / $360 per month
6th-8th month: 820 Nuevos Soles / £180 / $250 per month
9th-12th month: 570 Nuevos Soles / £125 / $170 per month

When the contribution is paid directly to the charity, ideally whilst you are in Peru, please be aware that this should be in Peruvian Nuevos Soles. Please be aware that volunteers will be responsible for covering all other costs for flights and food, work-related travel, and so on - we estimate that $250-300 should be sufficient as a basic budget to cover monthly costs.

Please feel free to email if you have any questions.