If a program abroad is free it most likely has funding from the government to cover your start-up costs. Somebody has to pay for your expenses. Almost every Greenheart Travel program has a program fee, and while we do try to keep them as cheap as possible (we are a 501c(3) non-profit!) there are some costs associated with running a program when it does not have any direct external funding. Providing your programming and support costs money. While we’d love to offer everything for free, we have to stay open for business!
Here are some of the things that are usually included in your program fee with Greenheart Travel (please note: each program has different exclusions and this varies by program).
Our goal is to package everything we possibly can into the program fee, to avoid surprise expenses for you down the road. Random expenses like airport pickup, accommodations during orientation, etc. add up! Thinking you’re signing up for a cheaper program, only to find out you’re still required to pay for a year of international medical insurance once you’re registered? Not cool.
Here’s the base of what is included in our program fees:
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Unfortunately, there are some things that we’re unable to arrange to pay on your behalf (ex: visa fees & documents). In these cases, we’re sure to to list any additional expenses you can expect to be responsible for, so you can plan ahead!
Bottom line, you’re investing in smooth sailing and having a reputable organization make sure you’ll be landing in a good situation. We’ll make sure your new host country is ready to welcome you to a safe and secure experience. Getting on that plane is a whole lot easier when you know someone is waiting on the other side, you don’t have to worry about finding accommodation, and you have a job/school set up for you already. If, once you get there, you need anything – we’re here for you. That support, however, is not free.
While we absolutely love our jobs and coordinating and preparing people for their programs, we’d probably be out traveling the world if we could live without a paycheck 🙂