Many volunteers work and pay for all their travel costs themselves, but you dont have to do it all on your own. Fundraising may seem difficult, but it does work, and you can raise a substantial amount in a short space of time. Here are some ideas you can try:
- Ask local organisations and businesses in your area for support. There should be some companies out there that can donate some money for your volunteer work. Send out lots of letters and if you have friends in a company, use this as an advantage. Try and think of as many people as possible and include in your letter, in short, what your activities will be and how much money you hope to raise. Remember to thank anyone that has helped you and to keep them informed of your time volunteering.
- If you are at school or university, speak to somebody about them supporting you. Most schools and universities have some money that can be given to their students. Find out!
- Plan an event in your community. Talk with your local council about activities happening in your area and ask if you can join. You can sell items such as food and drink, organise a raffle with donated items, but usually the more original the idea the more people will get involved. Use your friends to help you.
- If you plan things right, and with a bit of luck (remember, you will be doing volunteer work - karma is on your side), you can raise the cost of your trip very quickly. A few well-planned events is better than many unorganised ones.
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