Cost Breakdown

Your trip cost covers just about every aspect of your experience, starting when you meet at the airport. One of the reasons we are able to keep trip prices so low is because in addition to the great relationships with vendors all over the world, as a nonprofit, we price HumanitarianXP trips very close to what they cost us to run, since we don’t profit off of trips. 

Below is a breakdown of what is and isn’t included in the price of your trip. Please account for these extra costs when you are budgeting for your trip.

Trip Cost Breakdown


Worksite project materials – the cost of the building we are there to construct

International flight & baggage – 16- to 19-year-old trips only

Lodging – beginning when the trips meet up at the airport and ending when the trips return to the airport

Food & clean water

Transportation during the trip

Sightseeing activities – entree fees, equipments, tour guides, etc.

Payments for local providers – local coordinators, bus drivers, translators, food providers, etc.

Flex budget – for cultural experiences, treats, or celebrations

General travel insurance

International SOS services – 3rd party international support in case of emergencies

Not Included

Domestic travel to your meetup location – click here for more travel tips

Payment processing fees – 3%, $50-115 depending on your overall trip cost

Spending money – $50-200 for snacks and souvenirs, depending on what kind of spender you are 

Notary fees for Builder Authorized Notary – $5-25, depending on where you get your document notarized (check you Builder Portal for more tips)

COVID-19 testing, if required – Currently, we have no way of knowing what the testing requirements will be for each location, however, in 2021 costs usually ranged between $100-$200. Prior to February 18, we’ll let you know if your location requires a test. If so, the cost will be added to your final payment.

Visa/vaccine costs, if required – May range anywhere from $60-300. For a list of trips with these requirements, reference our 2022 Trip Comparison Chart.

Background check, for Parent Builders only – base price is $25, but if you’ve legally changed your name in the last 7 years, it will cost an additional $11

Paying for Your Trip

Finding ways to pay for your trip is an important part of preparing to leave, and it’s easiest if you make a plan and get started early. No matter what you choose to do, people will be excited to support you. For fundraising tips, click here.

Contributions from others (besides you or your parents) for HumanitarianXP trips may be tax-deductible, provided that certain conditions are met.  The money you donate to HumanitarianXP will still be used for humanitarian purposes and is therefore still considered to be a non-refundable donation by the IRS. For more information about donations, click here.