VolTra is a charity registered in Hong Kong. Application fees received from workcamp participants is our main income source. The income covers the costs of participating the international network annual meeting to maintain the partnership with international voluntary projects. Also, the income will cover the cost of organizing international workcamps and voluntary service projects in Hong Kong as well as our daily operation and administration expenses.
In general, anyone who wants to join the workcamp has to apply for the vacancy through a workcamp organization in his/her home country. The application fee involved is one of the main sources of income for the workcamp organization.
In the advanced regions, e.g. Europe, Japan and Hong Kong, etc. more people are able to support themselves to go abroad for overseas workcamps. So, the sum of application fees received by the workcamp organization may be sufficient to cover the daily operations expenses and finance their local workcamp projects. Extra workcamp fees are thus usually not required from overseas participants, no matter where they are from.
On the contrary, in economically disadvantaged countries, e.g. Africa, South East Asia and South America, the number of placement of workcamp participants abroad is very limited, which makes it impossible to operate projects with just the application fee received. In many cases, the extra fee is usually used to cover the hosting workcamp organizations’ expenses on accommodation and meals for workcamp participants when they organize workcamps in their countries. Extra fees are also the only form of financial support for these organizations, where there is little or even no alternative funding source.