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Volunteer Abroad Organizations by MICATZ

Volunteer Abroad Organizations by MICATZ

MICATZ, a non-profit organization based in Tanzania, places volunteers from across the world willing to assist in various welfare projects in schools, hospitals, orphanages, monasteries, community/government organizations etc. with an aim to educate and help influence the life of the deprived people throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America.

We encourage students, professionals, businessmen, social workers and other organizations to step forward and volunteer in devoting some amount of time in the improvement of the life of the underprivileged. To support the enthusiasm in the volunteering, the volunteer is offered adventure holidays, wildlife Safari in Tanzania language and cultural experience programs such medical, teaching and orphanage.

We provide the foundations to Volunteer Abroad for volunteering their duty with loyalty by offering travel opportunities, exploratory expeditions and to train people in specific cultural or pragmatic aspects for the betterment of their future.

Each year over 1000 volunteers enrol in our programme to provide social services to the needy and take benefit of the offers offered in numerous countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Ghana, India, Nepal, Philippines, Malawi, Bolivia, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Peru – Cusco, Peru – Lima and Thailand.

Your programme fee contributes towards personalized volunteer placement, project donation, language instruction, cultural education, meals, accommodation and transportation to and from all MICATZ placements and programs, pre-departure guidance from MICATZ headquarters staff and 24 hour access to in-country staff.

Let us serve the poor, the unfortunate and the lonely according to the graces we have received.

Let us do the humble work adventurously with enthusiasm.

Whenever you think, you alone won’t make much a difference to the deprived

Remember: You alone matter MUCH to them.

Dates:  Dates and durations are flexible and are available throughout the year from 4 weeks to over 3 months. You pick your start and finish dates.

Cost: Costs vary depending on length of stay starting at USD 0 – 0 for 4 weeks including accommodation, food, transfer from the airport, full pre-departure support, local in-country team support and backup and 24-hour emergency support.

PEO or ASO: Professional Employer Organizations vs Administrative Service Organizations

PEO or ASO: Professional Employer Organizations vs Administrative Service Organizations

As an entrepreneur, you may often find yourself doing things that you never wanted to do. You want to focus on your business, however, “employee business” keeps getting in the way. Most companies find that by offloading some of this busy work it allows them far more time to spend on increasing revenue allowing their business to fare better in the long run. Unlike outsourced payroll, both the PEO and ASO offer additional services to relieve you from administrative work, however deciding which way to go can be a challenging process.

The ASO provides administrative services for your organization such as processing payroll, performing direct deposits, and filing payroll taxes. Like outsourced payroll, the filing is under you federal employer’s ID number (FEIN).

However, unlike outsourced payroll, the ASO will provide assistance with questions concerning compliance and legal concerns, access to insurance, worker’s comp, and medical and dental benefits. These offerings and costs are based on your employee base and employment risks associated with them remaining in your organization. The ASO provides the small business employer, “employment related” relief for businesses with 50 or more employees.

PEO’s offers similar services to the ASO, however, the offering is actually more comprehensive. Unlike ASOs, PEOs take on a level of shared risk with your business. Because of this risk, the Professional employers organization will assume responsibility for employment, government compliance regarding issues such as new hire state reporting, filing and paying taxes to the proper entities, unemployment claims administration, and worker’s comp issues. PEO’s also provide access to pooled employee medical, dental, and other related healthcare plans. This pooling ideally provides smaller future cost increases to your business. As you know, one significant claim can considerably increase your fees; the PEO can absorb these costs against a larger company base. Traditionally, the PEO contract states that all services are accomplished and performed by the PEO using their FEIN, a key difference from the ASO. Small business owners may believe they are giving up control to the PEO, however, after reviewing the PEO agreement, the responsibilities of the employer and that of the PEO can easily be defined. For example, the small business owner will continue to make hire, fire, and salary decisions yet can take advantage of risk transferrence on to the PEO.

PEOs are excellent for companies having 1 – 50 employees or for those groups that have many small pockets of employees across the United States. That being said, there are still many companies that have much larger employee counts that derive and enjoy great benefits from PEO’s.

Deciding whether to go with a PEO or an ASO from an outsourced payroll model is truly up to the individual employer. A rule of thumb is to take into effect employee count when making your decision. The bottom line is that you are in control no matter which direction you pursue. First, identify which features would free up your time the most, the Peo services Selection Tool by PEOcompare.com is a great place to start. Second, contact fellow small business owners and ask for feedback on their opinion on PEO’s vs ASO’s. Either way you decide to go, this type of service will almost always benefit your company in the long run.

Volunteer abroad Organizations

Volunteer abroad Organizations

There are a number of organizations that provide volunteer travel services. These volunteer service organizations could be for profit and not for profit. There is no big difference between the two, unless you live in the USA where your trip could be tax deductable. Most of the organizations provide you with somewhere to work, a school, hospital, or orphanage; and somewhere to stay: a group home, hostel, hotel and a home stay. They arrange everything for you and offer you full support during your stay in the host country. Other organizations offer transport to and from the project location, while some just offer you a place to work while you organize where you will stay. Depending on where you want to go and how much money you have there is a huge list of volunteer travel organizations to choose from.  As the industry is fairy new there are no rules or guidelines that govern these organizations in their new industry.

There is also no umbrella body in which these organizations fall under whereby you can check an organization’s credibility or also to complain to. When you are planning your volunteer abroad trip here are a list of volunteer abroad organizations to use:

 

 

Volunteer Capital Centre

 

Volunteer Capital Centre (VCC) is an organization that is based in the UK. They provide quality and affordable volunteer abroad work programs in third world countries. The volunteers will be placed in nonprofit organizations, community based organizations, faith based organizations, and government agencies. They make the process of making volunteering in third world countries a safe and comfortable as possible procedure. They provide their volunteer programs in Africa.

 

 

Cross Cultural Solutions

 

Cross-Cultural Solutions (CCS) is an international not-for-profit volunteer organization offering short term programs in 12 different countries and 20 different sites ranging from 1 to 12 weeks. CCS  is a recognized leader in the field of international volunteering and work with sustainable community initiatives abroad. It is based in USA.

 

 

Amizade

 

Amizade Places individuals and groups with community projects in ten countries, from Australia and Brazil to Tanzania and the United States. Most service trips are short (about three weeks) but both alternative breaks for college students and long-term projects can be arranged. Volunteers pay for all of their expenses and a percentage of the cost of the project on which they will volunteer. The organization is based in Australia.

 

 

Abroader view

 

A Broader View Volunteers is a 501(c)(3) based non-profit organization based in Pennsylvania. With a love for humankind, and a motivated spirit to help others, A Broader View was created on the belief that one person can make a difference in the lives of others. Our US office is operated by an enthusiastic staff with almost 20 years combined travel and hospitality experience.

 

 

BUNAC

 

 

BUNAC offers a range of exciting summer camp, work abroad and volunteer abroad  programmes. Established in 1962, BUNAC is a non-profit work and travel expert and has been helping young people work and volunteer abroad for 48 years. Popular BUNAC destinations include: USA, Canada, New Zealand, Ghana, Australia, Britain, China, South Africa and many more.

 

 

 

Students Partnership Worldwide

This British organization runs four- to nine-month volunteer programs in India, Nepal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. All volunteers receive intensive training (up to six weeks) before working together in teams in rural communities, raising awareness of important health and environmental issues. Participants must be aged 18 to 28 years, and pay fees for each program; SPW offers fundraising advice. The basic cost of a placement ranges from £2900 to £3300, including air fare.