Looking to volunteer abroad but don’t have the savings to support your trip? You’ve come to the right place - the following volunteer fundraising ideas have been shared by previous volunteers, who have found these methods invaluable when saving up for their volunteer overseas trips.
Go Get Funding I have set up an online fundraising account... and all the beautiful people from my community have been donating… The money from my funding is going towards the children and families in Nepal.. I am very excited to go over there. - Amy Barnes
Volunteer Abroad Scholarships Look online for scholarships and grants given out in your area. If you’re still at university or college you may find that they also offer scholarships and grants for volunteers who are traveling abroad. Also look for general community grants and scholarships.
GET OUT IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Sausage Sizzle Hire a BBQ, buy some sausages and don’t forget the mustard, ketchup and onions! A very popular and profitable fundraising venture and very successful outside popular shopping malls on weekends or sports events. I held a Sausage sizzle at Woolworths or Bunnings… I made over $300 profit in half a day. - Kate Wildes
Treasure Hunt Hold a treasure hunt. It’s a fun way to raise money that’s very popular with primary school aged children. Charge a small fee for entrance and hand out donated prizes and candy. Other ideas are “big digs” in the sand for people who live close to the beach.
Presentation to Community Groups If you have a youth club or a community club of some description, approach the person in charge and ask if you can do a presentation one night about what you are intending to do and what you are raising money for. You might find that a youth Club organizer might get the club’s members to raise money for you somehow. Other presentations might be a money-on-the-night thing whereby you give a presentation, thank them for their time, and ask for a donation before you go home. If you’ve spent time carefully planning your presentation then you’ll be able to deliver it confidently and it will be more enjoyable and interesting for the listeners. Interested listeners make good donators! - Geralt Parry
Get Involved With Schools Contact your local Primary and Secondary School that you went to. They usually raise money for a worthy cause every year. They might donate towards yours by getting kids to do a sponsored walk or pay to wear their own clothes to school instead of a school uniform for example. - Geralt Parry BONUS TIP: Often when applying for assistance, potential sponsors are dubious about the authenticity of your cause. On request, your Program Manager can provide you with a verification letter from Life Church which will help you overcome this problem. To receive a verification letter, email your Program Manager and request one today.