The African Impact Sustainability Fund
At African Impact we are committed to responsible volunteering. This means that we acknowledge the limitations of volunteering and understand that it is not an all-encompassing solution to development. This also means that we put every effort into ensuring that our projects change lives and are as effective and impactful as possible. The African Impact Foundation plays a vital role in this, and in ensuring that the projects you participate in, can continue in the future and are sustainable long after you have returned home.
In order to support this long–term aim, we charge a small fee in addition to the program fee. This fee goes directly to the Foundation and is recognised as a volunteer donation. The donations will make sure, the impact you make on project does not stop when you leave, thereby maximising the impact volunteering can make.
How much is contributed?
For every booking received, an additional mandatory fee of GB£20 | US$25 | EU€20 | AU$35 is donated to the African Impact Sustainability Fund.
Why is the contribution recognised separately from the booking cost?
This is done for several reasons; one being that it provides transparency, so that you know exactly where your money is going. It also prevents the contribution from being affected by any disadvantageous exchange rate fluctuations or pricing adjustments. We believe that separating the contribution out in this way makes it beneficial for the projects, our Foundation and you, our volunteers.
Why has the contribution only recently been introduced?
Previously, African Impact included this in our program fees. On reflection we feel that having a separate fund provides more clarity and transparency for everyone. The COVID-19 pandemic has given us the time to reflect and revaluate how African Impact makes a long-term impact and this is one of several changes we have made for 2021 and beyond.
When is your contribution to the African Impact Sustainability Fund paid?
It is payable with the final payment towards your volunteer placement.
When will the African Impact Foundation receive the contributions?
At the end of every quarter (January, April, July and October), the fund is reviewed, and a payment is made to the African Impact Foundation based on the paid fees.
What if a volunteer cancels a booking?
Contributions made to the Sustainability Fund are non-refundable once full payment is made.
Can a person decide not to contribute?
The contribution to the Sustainability Fund is mandatory and is part of African Impact’s commitment to long-term sustainable operations in the communities we work with, as well as supporting an increased impact through developing the African Impact Foundation’s work.