When working with STAESA, you have the option to be placed with a host family or be allowed to find independent accommodation if you so choose.
Host family accommodation: With the host family, you will have your own room and three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with your host family every day. You will do your own laundry with your hands. You will be integrated completely into the family and take part in their activities as well. Hence you will receive a unique insight into the culture and people of Africa. Your host family might be a married couple or a single person with or without children; they may or may not have pets. All the host families live close to local marketplaces, internet cafes, post offices, hospitals, and restaurants.
Independent accommodation: You can also choose to stay independently where you cook for yourself. The country or project coordinator will be available to teach you how to cook local dishes. STAESA can help you arrange accommodation in your country of choice.
With both host family and independent accommodation electricity and running water are available. In some countries and projects, there might not be running water available at all times; if this is the case, we will let you know beforehand.
STAESA believes that people should not be denied an opportunity to help those in need just because the volunteer or internship programme is too expensive. Since STAESA is a non-profit organisation, we do not need to account for large staff and coordinator salaries.Instead, we operate as financially efficient as possible. For that reason, our programme fees are kept low, while the quality of the programme remains high.
All our programme fees depend on your volunteer country and the duration of your stay. You should note that the adventure and language programmes as they have their own special fees. Please contact us to enquire about your programme of choice.
STAESA offers discounts to our programme participants depending on how long they plan to stay, whether they come with a group, or on when they plan to arrive.
We encourage you to compare our fees to those of the major organisations who also organise volunteer work in Africa and Asia – a number of whom are actually ‘for profit’ companies.
Remember that our prgoramme fees get you:
All this on top of potential discounts for groups, long stays and end of year placements.
Your application is read thoroughly by your country coordinator. We encourage everyone to apply since our infrastructure can handle many more participants. We want more people to walk away with a great African experience, so we look forward to reading all your applications.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following elements:
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If we accept your application, you will be notified via email and will be asked to pay the $75 processing fee as soon as possible to ensure that we can reserve your placement. The deposit is not part of your programme fee. The entire programme fee should be paid before your arrival in Africa. Our preferred method of payment is wire transfer to our bank account in South Africa.