Finding the funds for a volunteer project overseas can seem daunting, but fundraising can be a fun and rewarding experience. Your journey of learning, self-discovery and exploration starts here. You will be surprised at how willing people are to support a worthy cause!
Our Fundraising Guide
For your convenience, we have put together a detailed Fundraising Guide which gives you advice and suggestions on how to proceed with your fundraising efforts. Here are a few tips before you begin:
- Decide on your plan of action. How much can you save a month? Will you approach organisations for sponsorship?
- Once you have been accepted on a project, you can set up your own fundraising page on your personal 'MyProjectsAbroad' web page. You can then give the link to anyone interested in donating towards your project fee.
- Create realistic targets and chart your progress.
Here are a few ways our volunteers have raised money in the past:
Sponsorship and fundraising
Many companies would consider sponsoring you if you approach them in the right way. See our Fundraising Guide for ideas on how to write effective sponsorship letters. Before you start sending letters, just make sure you fit in with the criteria of the organisation, charity or trust you are looking to approach.
These often need planning in advance, but can be really rewarding. Think about who you know and the skills you have. Are you a runner? Know anyone in a band? An owner of a bar or restaurant? Our Fundraising Guide is packed with inventive ideas. Market the event properly and encourage friends and family to support. You can even contact your local radio or newspaper to attract sponsors as well as promote the ones you have.
A part-time job
Do not underestimate the impact of a part-time job! Even a small wage can make a difference if your are saving enough of it.
We are here to help and many of us, once volunteers like you, have embarked on our own weird and wonderful methods of fundraising. Remember that motivation and organisation are the keys to success.