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, running this website, 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 George Hirsch or your program director.

2018 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:

4007 Pine Tree Road, Wausau, WI 54403


Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to and from the United States.

You may utilize WIESCO's travel agent, your own agent, or any of the numerous resources available for online booking.

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.

WIESCO provides volunteers with a letter of participation for tax purposes at the end of the calendar year. Incidental personal expenses are the volunteer's responsibility.