Cost Information

Participation Fee

The participation fee is paid to WIESCO as your commitment to volunteer with a program. This fee is used for multiple purposes including helping our host country coordinators with program expenses and administrative costs.

The participation fee may be refunded at the discretion of the WIESCO president in the case of cancelled or denied applications.

If you have any questions about the participation fee, please contact Robert Pine or your program director.

2020 Fees

New Volunteers: $400

Returning Volunteers: $300

At this time WIESCO can only accept payment by mail. Checks should be made payable to WIESCO, INC. and sent to:

205 Maple Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126


Volunteers are responsible for their own airfare to and from the airport of entry for your program.

Provided by Our Hosts

All transportation is provided by our hosts after arrival in the country. This includes transit to and from the airport and excursions.

Meals, lodging, some sightseeing and entertainment expenses are also provided by our hosts.

Expenses and Tax Deductibility

Required volunteer expenses are airfare and the participation fee, both of which are tax deductible as allowable by current law.

You may be responsible for a portion or all of the cost of weekend and post-program excursion meals and lodging. You may also be responsible for purchasing classroom supplies and materials. Costs for supplies used in your lessons are also deductible. Incidental personal expenses are the volunteer's responsibility.

Recent tax law changes significantly increased the standard deduction, thus increasing the number of filers who no longer itemize. For participants who anticipate itemizing deductions, thus enabling a charitable deduction, WIESCO is pleased to provide the appropriate tax letter upon request.