FAQ

General questions

Why should I volunteer through give & grow (instead of contacting the organization directly)?

You won’t find most of our projects online. This is why they are here. But you can still contact them directly if you want to. Our goal is to give you all the information you need to be a responsible volunteer and sustainable traveler. We want to help you find the perfect project for you and help you prepare in our consulting. There are also workshops and online resources coming soon.

How does give & grow work?

Super easy: You can find here anything you need to change the world. This could be volunteering, in your daily live or on travels. Check out our workshops, online courses or apply for a first consulting-call with Kathrin for free. Besides that, you can also check out our Podcast and Blog for more information.

In case you want to see some of our best-practice partner NGO’s head to “Our NGO’s”. You can support them with a direct donation or contact them through us. Plan your volunteering now for later!

Who is give & grow?

give & grow is a social and non-profit start-up in Cologne. Kathrin founded the project together with her partner after returning from travels. Read the full story here.

How can I book you for a workshop or a consultation with you?

You can contact us directly in case you want to plan a workshop or talk with us. Please click here to get to the contact form. Tell us what you need and we come back to you with more information.

What does NGO mean?

NGO is a short form for non-governmental organizations. This includes different kinds of aid organizations that are independent from governments.

You most probably know huge organizations that are working in the non-profit sector. This platform is special because all the projects here are local grassroots initiatives. 

Why aren't the projects on give & grow certified or officially charitable according to the law?

Well, German laws are quite strict. It is nearly impossible for small organizations to fulfill the requirements to be non-profit according to the German law. This is why our NGO’s are doing good work, but they are not certified. The good news is that we are certified as a non profit as give & grow.

Can I get a tax certification for my donation?

This is unfortunately not possible as the organization itself has to be certified. But, in Germany you don’t need a proof for your taxes in case your donation is below 100 Euro. Another option is in case you want to donate to give & grow itself, we can send you an official document for your taxes.

Transparency

How do you finance the platform?

At the moment we are part of an official sponsorship from the federal government. Our goal is to be financially sustainable with workshops, online-courses and consultation of travelers, as well as institutions.

Every Euro we earn will go back into give & grow, as we are a non-profit-company.

How much of my donation is actually ending up with the organization?

100% ! The money goes straight to the NGO through PayPal and doesn’t even touch our bank account. PayPal itself takes a commission of 2,2%.

Why don’t you offer an extensive travel consultation and matching of volunteer organizations?

Our goal is to transform the tourism and volunteering industry. We believe that we can do this best by informing possible clients and staying independent ourselves.

Nevertheless we have a few organizations listed on your website. We see them as best-practice examples for local change. In the long run, we want to contact both sides: the volunteers and the NGOs on our platform.

Selection Process

How do you make sure the organizations are working sustainable?

First, they are all going through our selection and evalution process. We visit them at their project and we talk to them in  short intervals.

The question is also: What does sustainability mean? We feel this includes financial, social and ecological sustainability. They might not be perfect from the beginning and for example not financially sustainable. But this is why we are here 🙂

We also make sure they contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDG’s – see more information here).

How do you select NGO's for the platform and how do you evaluate if they are doing good work?

Amazing question! We have an evaluation process and we also visit the projects ourselves. We feel like even tough modern opportunities like internet calls and reports are nice, nothing beats the personal contact and experience on site.

Check our our selection and evaluation process here.

Why should I support small NGO's?

For the same reason you should support small businesses: the money goes straight to the cause and stays with the local community.

Many big organizations have huge overhead costs (staff, marketing, offices …). Local grassroots organization take the money right to the cause without loosing it on the way.

Volunteer abroad

How can I contact volunteer organizations?

At the moment you can contact us to get in touch with the organization afterwards. For us, it is important to have a personal contact for you first.

Especially in this situation we know that we can actually help you find the perfect match and stay safe. Long-term, we want to enable you to be a member of the platform give & grow and access all the information and contact details once you joined.

What kind of qualifications do I need to volunteer?

This depends on the work you would like to do. You should always ask yourself: What can I give to the organization? What am I really good at?

It is vital to us that both sides benefit from the volunteering. Both sides can learn from each other, but this only possible as long as we check that you fit together.

And of course: English is always a good idea.

Why do I have to pay to volunteer abroad?

The local NGO’s you are helping are taking all their money for the cause and try to solve the problem they are facing.

Every volunteer that comes to help doesn’t take a local job, but adds their personal qualifications to the project. While you are there they can’t afford to pay you and even have extra costs: meals, transport and accomodation. See yourself as an apprentice during the first weeks that is more of a burden than a help.

On this platform you pay 100% to the projects and only for the expenses of the NGO. This way you help with your hands and at the same time generate more money for the NGO while staying with them. win-win-win!

How can I prepare for my trip?

Really good questions because a volunteering trip is something that actally needs some planning in advance. We help you with that.

We are currently working on an online course and you can contact us now already for consulting.

And on top of that: the whole give & grow community can help you as well!

Click here to join the facebook group

FAQ for NGO’s

How can I be a part of give & grow?

Really cool that you like our concept. You can use any contact form or mail adress to get in touch with us.

Please be aware that we only accept organization we visited ourselves or someone we trust did.

Therefore: Feel free to contact us but your listing can only be accepted after a detailed examination.

Do I have to pay for the listing on your platform?

No, absolutely not.

We believe that you have an important message more people need to hear about.

Therefore we want to help you and at the same time it is important to us that you keep the ressources with the project itself.

Why are you different and why should I trust you?

give & grow is about honest encounters and spreading the message of those who need to be heard.  We are charitable according to the german law and therefore all our expenses are tied to our educational purpose.

We can not tell you to trust us. Contact us and see for yourself.

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