There are several ways to pay for your expenses at New Day. As you might expect, each method has tradeoffs between convenience and fees. Below are a list of options along with any fees associated. Fees are estimates, please be sure to check for yourself prior to using any method. Please read these carefully before leaving for China. New Day CANNOT ACCEPT any foreign currency (dollars, euros, pesos, etc) or credit cards upon arrival. If you prefer to use these you must send payment ahead using one of the methods below or access funds through your debit card at a local ATM. Thanks for your cooperation!
Making Your Payment Before You Come
If you are sending us funds using one of the following methods before you leave home, please send me an email so I can be looking for your payment. We will not be able to access the funds unless you let us know they have been sent. New Day reserves the right to ask for additional funds to "true up" any shortfall due to currency exchange rates.
Effective May 1, 2015 all payments made to US accounts (PayPal or check) will incur a 10% handling fee. If you have questions about this, please contact Erik (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you!
PayPal: Credit Cards and Bank Account
The most convenient payment method is to use a credit card or bank account via PayPal. PayPal will send the funds to our US affiliate, and our affiliate will wire the funds to us.
You may end us a check via our US affiliate.
To pay by check, please make your check payable to New Day Charities and mail to the address below. This is a US-based organization that processes donations for New Day Volunteer Services. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, so you will receive a tax receipt for your donation.
New Day Charities
PO Box 311671
New Braunfels, TX 78131-1671
In the memo line, please designate your gift for New Day Volunteer Services. In a separate note, please indicate your name and that this is for volunteer expenses.
A slightly less convenient, but usually less expensive way to pay prior to leaving home is through a wire transfer to New Day in China. This will necessitate a trip to your bank and some forms to fill out (some banks require more information than others). There will usually be a wire transfer fee of about $35 (check first to be sure!), depending on your bank, your account benefits, etc. This is a bank fee, not a New Day fee.
To pay by wire transfer, download the file below. Please make your payment in YOUR HOME CURRENCY. It sounds like a good idea to pay in Chinese yuan or renminbi, but it causes a lot of headaches on our side. If your bank's form requires this information, the purpose is travel, and the person on the account is a personal friend. Be sure to let us know when a transfer has been sent and send the confirmation details via email. Our bank will not inform us when funds have been received.Thanks!
Making Your Payment When You Arrive
A very convenient way to pay your fees is to bring cash with you and change the funds into RMB either before you leave home or after you arrive. There is, of course, a fee for changing money, but you will need to change money when you arrive anyway so that you have spending money throughout your stay. You will also need to bring a large amount of cash with you. Currency can be changed either at the airport or at the bank in our village.
It may be possible for you to access your US funds via the ATM in our village if your bank is part of one of the large international networks (Star, Presto, etc.). This is very convenient for you and for us, but be sure to check your bank's fees before leaving home. Some banks charge a nominal fee (2% or 3%) and others may be as high as 5% or 8%. You may also need to make several trips to the bank to obtain the funds needed as there are daily limits on cash withdrawals.