Keep in mind, If an NGO is asking YOU to pay for expenses OTHER than your air fare, they are making money off of you. In most cases you can fly from anywhere you may be in the world for a maximum price of $2000.00, meaning, if I leave NY and fly to China this is my max price I would pay to the airlines in the busy season. Most "placement" companies charge two to five times this depending on the length of stay. This is "big" business for them, in most of these undeveloped countries it cost less than $10.00 a month to feed you including bottled water, you will not eat McDonalds everyday, lol. I have wrote extensively about these programs that target the young and ignorant. It is a shame that MOST of these companies that "place" you with organizations tell me that the cost would have been less if you just had called or contacted them direct. Thier intentions ARE NOT valor or benevolent. Always start with the Peace Corp., This will be YOUR best solution and they DO NOT make a profit off of you. These not-for-profit organizations do not "technically" make a profit but pay their administration HIGH wages to participate to give validity to the organization, and furnish them lavish vacations abroad. Stay with the ones you know. Most of the rest are trying to "scam" you for high fees. Plus you can assure YOUR safety with organizations such as, Red Cross, United Way, United Nations and Peace corp. These organizations have more to offer at a better "price". If all you are looking for is a cheap vacation, go to Expedia! Many of these Organizations wil actually pay YOU if you have a degree such as "Teaching" with a two to three year commitment. Fresh out of college this is an excellent opportunity for you. I have a neice that has been in Senegal and Beijing on these contracts. Just be safe and search extensively for the perfect fit and be "leery" of companies that want to "place" you with other organizations. You will find that the companies they "place" you with could have given you volunteer work and had arrangements with most airlines for a discounted rate. be smart, if it sounds "fishy" go with your gut instinct.