Get creative and think of fun ways to raise some money to help pay for your trip. Here are some examples to get you in the mood!
Country-Themed Dinner Party
Get in the spirit for your time abroad by hosting a dinner party for your friends and family that is themed around the country you are going to visit! Get your guests to pay a few dollars each and cook a three course theme-inspired meal.
Going to Africa?
Cook a traditional “chakula” (meal) of a mutton stew with maize and Western Kenyan cabbage. Or how about holding a traditional South African Braai? You can get guests to bring their own meat to cook on the grill, keeping your expenses down and maximising the profit that will go towards your trip!
Club / Band Night
Why not hold an exciting club or band night at a local venue with a charge at the door? You could keep costs down by asking if a local band or DJ would be willing to play free of charge. Use Facebook to advertise the evening, and how about asking universities and bars in the area if you can put up flyers!
5-a-Side Football Tournament
Are you a keen soccer player? Why not organise a local 5-a-side football tournament with teams paying to take part? You could hold it in your local park, or ask your local leisure or football club if they’d consider letting you use their facilities free of charge? You can also contact your area’s football association and ask them to put you in touch with a referee who could help you organise.
Leg Waxing FOR MALES ONLY!
This one has worked before! Why not give your mates a laugh whilst raising money for your trip at the same time? Ask your mates to sponsor you to watch you have your legs waxed – you’ll be amazed by how much they’ll pay to see it!
Ever seen someone train and run a marathon and think they’re crazy?! Well… they’re not! With just 6 months training and hard work, anybody can run a marathon. If you’ve planned your volunteer trip in advance, you have plenty of time to give it a shot! Particularly if you’re not sporty, people will see how dedicated you are to fundraising for your volunteering project – a great way to raise funds! If you’re joining one of our lion projects, why not run dressed as a lion?!
Community Market or Fair
Do you live in a village or a small community? How about hosting a traditional village fête? Hold it in your local church or town hall and you won’t even have to pay for a venue! You can host different activities and have stalls to maximize the profit –face painting for children, a cake sale or craft table!