Month: June 2019 (page 1 of 3)

7 Ways to Cover Your Cost of the International TEFL Academy

If teaching English abroad with the International TEFL Academy is your goal, then you want the best, most affordable experience possible! (And if you’re keeping your options open, just wait until you see this list—there’s something for everyone here, including some great and super-budget-friendly online options.) If you’re keeping it mega-low-budget, going with International TEFL Academy can be daunting, with program tuition starting at $1399. However, don’t fret! ITA can still be wallet-friendly.

Pair of legs at a scenic overlook in Thailand

Wallet-friendly AND resume-building, in a place that looks like this?! You bet!

Don’t let the cost of certification prevent you from taking on this next adventure! There are all kinds of resources available to help you calculate costs, find cash, and raise funds. And whether you’re going with the International TEFL Academy or not, we’ve got you covered! Check out this list of seven (smart, fun, and creative!) ways to cover International TEFL Academy costs.

7 tips to afford an ITA program

1. Get a part-time job!

You can always wait tables, flip burgers, deliver pizzas, or work retail—but you can also walk dogs, run errands, or lead community tours. And, why not get some great practice in teaching others by offering your services as a tutor (check out this list for ideas) or as a writing coach? The part-time job doesn’t need to be traditional. You can get creative and raise some great funds! Maybe a library needs you as a page, or a bookstore could use an extra clerk. Whatever you do, make sure you’re saving all your earnings for that International TEFL Academy cost!

Colorful boats on shore at a Thailand beach

The International TEFL Academy cost may not seem worth retail work, but we bet teaching somewhere like this sure does.

2. Sell your car and carpool with friends instead!

Sure, having your own car brings you personal freedom…but it also brings the cost of maintenance, insurance, fuel, and maybe even parking tickets if you’re one of those forgot-to-feed-the-meter types (we’ve all been there). So why not ditch the wheels and carpool with friends? Do you live within walking or biking distance of your part-time job? Even better! Are you on the bus or subway line? Great! If you go ahead and track what you put into car costs versus carpooling, and then put that money into savings, you’ll have the money to afford International TEFL Academy costs in no time.

3. Figure out your costs. Are you planning to teach in Thailand? Ecuador? Mexico?

Have you heard that expression, “what gets measured gets done”? Well, you can apply that same principle to tracking costs for International TEFL Academy tuition, and for the teach abroad opportunity that will follow. For example, whether you want to teach abroad in Albania or Vietnam, the International TEFL Academy always ranks high on the list. With dozens of programs to choose from, you can keep costs low while getting certified right in the budget-friendly country you’ll teach in—along with some very helpful placement support!

View of a colorful street in Mexico

Asia not your style? The International TEFL Academy will take you to Latin America too!

4. Clean your closet! (And your basement, attic, garage…)

Yes, yes…one person’s trash is another person’s treasure—but in this case, why not turn that other person’s treasure into your tuition? Whether you have a yard sale, or post your items to eBay, Poshmark, decluttr, or FaceBook marketplace, your old stuff can help you get extra money to cover that International TEFL Academy cost! It’s not necessary to feel pressured to sell everything. However, if you look at anything that doesn’t hold real value to you as adventure-funding on your teach abroad journey, it’s a lot easier to turn clutter into cash.

5. Make your fancy coffee at home, and batch-cook with your friends!

The number one budget killer (across the board) is dining out. Whether it’s a $4 coffee, a late-night meal, or grabbing lunch on the go, you can make the International TEFL Academy cost even more affordable by making your coffee at home (in an eco-friendly cup!) and batch-cooking with your friends! Not only are these great ways to save money, they’re also fun ways to socialize and practice recipes. Why not try your hand at Thai curry now, before you get to enjoy the real thing while teaching abroad in Thailand? What could be better than that?!

Bangkok street a night time

Once you find a way to cover your International TEFL Academy cost, this could be home sweet home for quite some time.

6. DIY and sell some travel-focused swag!

You know those T-shirts and little silicone bracelets you get when you do “-thons” (like yogathons, walkathons, or marathons)? Why not cash in on that same idea to raise money for your International TEFL Academy cost? It could be something funny, clever, or plain. Whether it’s a simple bracelet with a “Jenny goes to India” message, or an ‘80s style baseball jersey featuring you photoshopped with a flaming guitar rocking out en route to Cambodia (you’re welcome for that idea), go ahead and have some fun, and sell your swag for cash! Looking for other DIY inspo? Check this list!

7. Make a FundMyTravel account and crowdsource like a boss.

No matter what you do to raise money for International TEFL Academy costs, let the experts at help you reach your goals! Crowdsourcing is a great way to spread the word about your fundraising goals. But what’s even better about creating a FundMyTravel campaign is the opportunity to work with specialists who focus only on raising money for travel opportunities. Your campaign won’t get lost in the shuffle when you deal with experts; and the free resources available will make it super easy to get started.

Teaching abroad through ITA is worth the investment

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Fundraising for your International TEFL Academy cost is all part of the adventure.

There will always be real costs attached to any kind of travel or study program—whether online, near home, or abroad—but those shouldn’t get in the way of your opportunities. With some creative thinking, careful budgeting, and proper planning, you can always make it work! There are so many resources out there to help you raise money for the travel program of your dreams, so you don’t have to go it alone. And when it gets tough, just think about how great it will feel when you’re on the other side, teaching abroad in the perfect program for you.

Make sure that you check out successful fundraising campaigns for inspo, and be sure to read all the great fundraising blogs and meaningful travel content that’s out there for you. The tips here are only the beginning to a great experience as you work to cover your cost of the International TEFL Academy. So, stay creative, open-minded, and remember to ask for support. As you share your dreams with others, you’ll be able to serve as your own best advocate. You will find that showing faith in yourself is the best way to guarantee success!

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andi sciaccaThis article was written by Andi Sciacca. Andi is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and their four-legged family. She works with inspired professionals who are expert practitioners, experienced educators, and well-known contributors to their field. Andi helps them take ideas and put them into practice. When not working or writing, she loves to experience music, see the world, and learn new things. Andi’s favorite places to travel include anywhere she can eat good food—and swim.

5 STEM Study Abroad Scholarships to Number Crunch

Looking for STEM study abroad scholarships for your science, technology, engineering, or math program? You’ve come to the right place! ☆ What’s all the buzz? STEM this, STEM that. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics studies, otherwise known as STEM, are getting more exposure these days. The National Education Association says, “If the United States is to hold a competitive edge in a rapidly changing global workforce, bolstering the nation’s science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce is essential.” And this includes everyone.

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As a STEM student, you might be sick of being cooped up in the library. STEM study abroad scholarships will help with that!

From high schools to universities, there’s been increasing emphasis towards students who wish to study such academic disciplines (women especially!). But STEM students often feel left in the dust when it comes to getting out of Dodge for a semester. “There just aren’t many opportunities to study abroad, Dad. There aren’t any scholarships to help me out.” That’s baloney! There are, and there’s certainly a way to get you off the ground.

As if being a STEM major isn’t demanding enough, between writing those nitty-gritty lab reports and then some, you’re gonna need to fund your study abroad experience one way or another. Rather than breaking the bank, why not apply for STEM study abroad scholarships? There’s an “s” on scholarships there because your chances of scoring some help will significantly increase by casting a wider net. Not so breaking news, right? Who knows—maybe you’ll even be granted more than one, which can really lighten your load!

5 awesome STEM study abroad scholarships

1. Boren Scholarship

Boren-funded programs are eight-week summer sessions for undergraduate STEM students. An initiative of the National Security Education Program to further the national security agenda, the idea behind the Boren Scholarship is to promote opportunities through the provision of funding to American STEM students obtaining their Bachelor’s in one of the designated STEM fields. This hefty STEM study abroad scholarship is a handsome sum of $8,000 that could do a lot of damage in terms of your study abroad bill.

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It might take a little extra elbow grease to apply for STEM study abroad scholarships, but it will be well worth it.

2. Cultural Vistas STEM LAUNCH

Cultural Vistas provide a unique STEM study abroad funding opportunity for students from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) based in the state of Georgia. Since 2013, Cultural Vistas has been helping students from Spelman College and Morehouse College gain an international perspective with this program in Germany in the realm of STEM disciplines.  

The award amount is to help, if not completely cover the majority of the duration of the stay abroad, even including your airfare. Are you currently an undergraduate, bachelor-seeking candidate? If so, this one’s for you. Bonus? Program participants have the opportunity to visit the American Embassy and the German Bundestag, along with excursions to museums and several historical sites.

3. Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The U.S. State Department’s special STEM study abroad scholarship is a need-based grant to help undergraduate students get off the ground and out into the world. This program offers up to $8,000 to help off-set the price of a study or intern abroad program. Eligible participants are those who receive National Pell Grant funding from a two-year college or four-year college or university. With this program, along with some of your Pell Grant assistance, you might be able to have all your financial bases covered!

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STEM study abroad scholarships will get you off campus and on a new adventure!

4. The University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)

STEM students attending the University of California who have a knack for research should consider applying to this $1,000 scholarship in the quest for that moolah! This excellence-based award is meant to encourage students interested in conducting research abroad during their undergraduate studies. The great thing is that the discipline of your research doesn’t matter but you will have to be enrolled at UC within the last six months. What’s rather remarkable is the STEM network at UC; 90 programs in 34 countries are just for STEM majors. They take this matter serious on the west coast!

5. National Debt Relief Scholarship

Believe it or not, the National Debt Relief Scholarship has five $1,000 scholarships up for grabs for students interested in taking their undergrad STEM studies overseas. Outstanding students should apply!

Other ways to pay for STEM study abroad


  • Apply for general grants. Odds are you can use any kind of study abroad grant to help finance your study abroad program.
  • Financial aid. Speak to your financial aid office to find out more. You can usually use your state-issued financial aid towards international programs. You might want to speak with your study abroad office about this one too, since there are some rules to this game.


  • Seek scholarships to study abroad. At the end of the day, study abroad scholarships are STEM study abroad scholarships. Apply for all sorts of funding to fund your STEM program.
  • Study abroad loans. You might consider taking out a loan to fund your study abroad. Is there a difference between taking out a loan for your university fees and your study abroad program fees? Not always!
  • Make a FundMyTravel account! Go to the crowd with a FMT account. It’s wicked easy, too. Create your campaign, share it with family and friends, and pack your bags.

Ready to find STEM study abroad scholarships?

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Cast a wide net for STEM study abroad scholarships—you deserve a little extra $$ for your study abroad experience.

Voilà—there you have it. There might not be many STEM-labeled study abroad programs or scholarships, so you might have to dig a bit deeper (or hardly at all?!) to find opportunities relevant to your academic discipline. Simply search your area of interest to suss the study abroad situation out. Let us reassure you, there are specific opportunities precisely designated to students in the STEM domain.

Once you find ones that seem like your match made in heaven, you’ll probably start thinking about that money, honey. Moral of the story: apply to STEM study abroad scholarships, and then some. You might need to take different avenues to realize such study abroad dreams by combining funding routes. The good news: like every difficult math equation, there’s always a solution! Sometimes you just have to think outside the box.

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7 Bike Ride Fundraiser Ideas to Take for a Spin

If you’re a cycling extraordinaire and looking to raise money for your travel experience, why not put on a bike ride fundraiser?! ☆ Meaningful travel experiences are thrilling and life-changing and so much more. Unfortunately, they also cost money! Sometimes more than you have—and while some of your friends may be able to prevail on some long-lost rich uncle or capitalize on their cupcake-baking skills, that’s just not you. But if you spend a lot of time on two wheels, maybe a bike ride fundraiser is more your speed. If you play your cards right, you could end up with two exciting journeys for the (now actually in your bank account) price of one!

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Pop a few wheelies right into some great bike ride fundraiser ideas!

Whether your meaningful travel experience is a cross country bike ride for charity or you’re planning to use your bike ride fundraiser to raise money to fund your travel overseas, bike fundraising can be a great way to get (or stay) fit, spend time in the great outdoors, and flex your project management skills while raising money to support a worthy cause. Lucky for you, Bike Across America tours are super cool—but they’re not the only way for you to raise money by riding your bicycle.

Whether you’re planning to bike the Transamerica Bike Trail or just to do a couple laps around the block, these bike ride fundraiser ideas will keep you rolling towards your funding goals!

How to succeed at bike fundraising

1. Plan your route.

Decide where and when you’ll ride. Are you picturing a Transamerica bike tour? Or will you stick to a track or trail in your area? Map out your route realistically. Can you ride that far in the time you have? For bike ride fundraising on the open road, ask yourself:  Are the roads you’re planning to drive on safe for cyclists? Are there bikelines, wide shoulders, lights for riding in the evening, and early morning hours?

Are there any stretches where you’ll go long distances without access to supplies and services and will need to carry them with you? Are there safe, affordable places for you to stay if you’re planning a multi-day ride? Consider who you might invite to accompany you in a vehicle to carry food, clothing, and spare parts. For track- or trail-based rides, you should also make sure you have permission to use the track for this purpose.

Bike laying in the middle of deserted road

Consider all the fine details before a bike ride fundraiser—you don’t want to be caught off guard by unpreparedness.

2. Decide how you’ll collect donations.

Will you ask for people to donate as much or as little as they like? Or maybe you’re envisioning more of a bike-a-thon where people pay by the lap or the mile and you see how many you can complete in a given time frame. Will there be rewards for donors at particular levels? For example, maybe $50 gets a postcard from your meaningful travel destination once you arrive, and $200 gets their name on your t-shirt while you ride.

Work this all out while keeping in mind both how much money you need and how much you think is reasonable to ask of the people and organizations you have access to. Create a FundMyTravel campaign to process your donations so that people can conveniently pay by credit card. Be prepared to share your address (only!) with people you can trust who might prefer to send a check.

3. Get the word out.

Call Grandma. Send a Facebook message to Aunt Carol. Make sure all your close (and not-so-close) friends and family get the link to your new bike fundraising page so they can invite others, and see the donations start rolling in. But be thoughtful about your approach! Articulate in your first message that the experience you’re preparing for is important, meaningful, educational, and potentially transformative.

Make it clear to your future supporters that you’ve got a plan to manage the money they contribute wisely and to make the most of the adventure on which you’re about to embark. Be prepared to answer follow-up questions clearly and graciously. People are usually happy to help. Make sure when they do they feel appreciated.

Man riding bike down grassy road

If you want to drum up interest in your bike ride fundraiser, be sure to talk it up to anyone who will listen!

4. Find sponsors.

Another great source for sponsorship could be local businesses and civic associations. Reach out to local community groups like the Lion’s Club, your place of worship or spiritual groups, or the local Italian American club (or other such club related to either your own cultural heritage or that of the place you’re planning to go to with these funds) for donations. Local businesses are also a great place to seek support.

Start with businesses you know either through your family’s employment or your own, or because you’re a regular customer. And since this is a bike ride fundraiser, after all, don’t forget to hit up the local bike shops, fitness centers, health food stores, and other businesses that stay on theme. Every little bit helps, so be grateful even if they can only spare a small sum. To try and bump the donations up to the next level, consider offering to list corporate sponsors on your fundraising page and/or the back of your t-shirt while you ride.

5. Invite friends.

Maybe you have other friends who are also planning to go on the same or similar meaningful travel experience with you. Why not make this a team effort? Inviting friends to join your bike ride fundraiser will spread the workload around and has the potential to draw more attention to your cause(s). Plus, why ride alone when you can do it with a buddy or two? There is safety—and fun!—in numbers.

When riding with friends, make sure you have a few things established before you hit the pavement. Will money raised be split evenly between each of you? Or will there be ways to benchmark certain donations for specific riders? While riding, make sure you all have a strong communication plan so that no one gets left behind if they start tiring out or get into some kind of trouble.

Group of cyclists enjoying scenic overlook

If you have friends who are into cycling, join forces and share the fundraiser workload.

6. Start Training!

You don’t want to hurt yourself during your bike ride fundraiser. You don’t want to embarrass yourself either. If you don’t ride regularly, start! If you do, start tracking more carefully how long your average rides are and how you feel during and after them. Is this enough for you to safely reach your goal for the fundraising event you’ve planned?

Increase the length and duration of your rides slowly to build your stamina. Practice riding on different kinds of surfaces and terrain and maybe even in different weather conditions so you can be ready for whatever you encounter during the main event. Even if your bike fundraising ride will be solo, your training rides are another great time to invite along some pals for some good, healthy fun and quality time before you travel.

7. Throw an after party.

Some of your friends might not be that attracted to the whole bike fundraising idea. That’s okay—cycling isn’t for everyone! But that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to engage them in the process and enlist their support for your fundraising goals.

Plan a cookout at the end of your route or ask the more cupcake-inclined in your circle to help with a bake sale. With your donation jar prominently displayed on the table, you’ll be able to celebrate your cycling accomplishments while the donations keep coming. Who cares if you’re a little bit sweaty?

These bike ride fundraiser ideas will put you on the right route!

Man parked on a bike overlooking a mountain

Get out there and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime bike ride fundraiser…before you’re off to your next adventure!

Et voila! Now that you’ve got all that together you’ll be fully funded in no time. Strap on your helmet, make sure you wear reflective clothing, get hydrated, and start pedaling! As you coast across the finish line of your bike ride fundraiser, you’ll feel accomplished and a lot less broke (though probably a little fatigued). You’ll be ready to tackle your next meaningful travel experience and any challenges that come along with it. Happy riding!

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amelia dietrichThis article was written by Amelia Dietrich. Amelia’s day job keeps her busy helping study abroad professionals grow and improve their professional practice in order to help college students have safe, high-quality educational experiences abroad. When work travel isn’t enough, Latin America is her destination of choice thanks to a past life as a Spanish teacher and bilingualism researcher.

6 Affordable Yoga Retreats in Asia to Drool Over

If you’re all about the namasté, and love to travel, what could be better than affordable yoga retreats in Asia? When your asanas have wanderlust, there’s no reason to keep them stuck in AnyTown, USA when you can go to Indonesia, or Bali, or Thailand, or India! Even better, you can take one of these incredible adventures on a budget and practice your downward dog on a beach without breaking the bank!

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Why nama-stay in the USA when you can find affordable yoga retreats in Asia?

So if you’re looking for the perfect yoga retreat southeast Asia style, how do you get started? What should you look for? What do others have to say about these places? Where will you stay in between your sessions on your affordable detox retreat? Look no further, because we’ve got all the information you’re going to need to get limber and centered while you invest in some fitness, mental stillness, and positive self-care!

You’ll love these affordable wellness retreats in Asia!

1. Volunteer in Rishikesh with The Tarzan Way

If you’re looking for affordable yoga retreats in Asia, why not start at the source? Rishikesh is known as the yoga capital of the world, and one of India’s most spiritual cities. In exchange for volunteer work (doing things like teaching English to children, painting, or coaching sports), you can practice yoga in one of the most beautiful places to do so, relax along the banks of River Ganga, or enjoy incredible cuisine in Tapovan. The cost is $10 per day and includes housing, meals, and travel support, offering an incredible (and affordable!) experience.

2. Rediscover Yourself with the Ultimate Thai Break-Up Trip

When it comes to affordable wellness retreats, if you also happen to be nursing a broken heart, you really can’t find anything better for healing than this trip to Thailand! Complete with full-support counseling, this program provides you with meditation, Thai boxing, talk-sessions, and lots and lots of yoga! You also get to work with Buddhist monks, sleep in a monastery, and spend time ministering to elephants rescued from horrible conditions. The costs vary, but include meals and full accommodations for every budget.

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You know what they say: The best way to get over somebody is to get under a Thai infinity pool for a refreshing swim!

3. 7 Day Surf & Yoga Camp in Canggu, Bali

Are you someone who loves to practice your yoga seaside? If so, this surfing-safari-plus-yoga-retreat Southeast Asia-style could be perfect for you! This truly is a resort experience, with 24/7 assistance, luxury accommodations, daily surf and yoga instruction, meals, and safari expeditions included. Add in private access to an affiliated Indonesian beach club and there’s even more opportunity for the luxe life! So how can you make it affordable? Go off-season and take advantage of special pricing, and work with their canine rescue program on site.

4. Holy Mountain Treks in Nepal

If you want to practice yoga and hike the Himalayas, consider this one of the most beautiful and affordable wellness retreats Asia has to offer! This Nepalese hiking program will take you to the religious site of Namobuddha, and the beautiful views of Nagarkot, with plenty of time for peaceful yoga practice in between. The hiking is short, so it’s perfect for those without extensive trekking experience. And the best way to keep this trip affordable is to get on the last-minute-booking list to take advantage of deeply discounted fares on available trips!

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Finding peace during affordable yoga retreats in Asia will probably also mean gaping in awe at your surroundings.

5. Awesome Tours in Kōyasan, Japan

This tour is hosted by experts in yoga, tea ceremony practice, Buddhist monks, and a classical Japanese dancer. The cultural immersion you will experience on this trip makes it one of the most diverse and affordable wellness retreats Asia can provide! You can find yourself while reflecting on the serene views of the countryside, and reflect on the meaning of life as you spend a night in the largest graveyard in Japan! Living the life of a Buddhist monk, you will enjoy simple lodging, which makes this a great choice for an affordable detox retreat, as well.

6. Summer Camp Counselor at the Beach in Vietnam

Finally, if you want to make your affordable yoga retreats in Asia even more affordable, why not get paid for them? With this program, in exchange for working with children ages 8-16, participants can trade teaching specific skills for $190 USD per week, health insurance, room and board—and unlimited activities (including yoga!) during free time. This program does require you to be a native English speaker with some experience working with children as a counselor, and is limited to those 21 years of age and older (but if that’s you, then this could be a great option!).

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Ha Long can you wait until you’re on an affordable detox retreat?

More tips on how to make yoga retreats more affordable

If these trips sound like the kind of affordable detox retreat and yoga retreat options you’re looking for, there are even more ways to make them easy on your budget! Here’s a few tips to get you started:

  • Use crowdfunding. With resources like FundMyTravel, you can create a campaign, post your adventure goals online, and share the campaign far and wide! Be sure to check out this free fundraising toolkit for more information.
  • Hold a brunch, luncheon, or a bake sale. If you’ve got some cooking or baking talents, why not combine your kitchen skills with a fundraiser to get your namasté on its way? People love to eat, so feed them some good things and ask for some cash!
  • Have a yoga-thon at your local studio. Have you considered appealing to your fellow aspiring yogis to help you turn your flow into dollars? If you have a studio you love to practice in, why not approach them with an opportunity to have a yoga-thon to fund your trip? You could even offer to bring back some good knowledge in exchange for the support.
  • Sell your old clothes for cash. Even if living in yoga clothes is your normal state of dress, odds are that you’ve got some fancy pants (or skirts, shoes, purses, or dresses!) you can part with. It’s never been easier to turn your gently used fashion finds into dollars (and while you’re at it, you could streamline your book collection, too!).
  • Talk to your local Asian cultural centers. One of the typical missions of a community cultural center is to encourage tourism and cross-cultural exchange. If you share your dreams of traveling to affordable yoga retreats in Asia with the directors of your local community center, you might be able to trade volunteerism at home for financial support!

Find an affordable detox retreat in magical Asia

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We dare you to TRY not to feel at peace in locations like this!

If all of this sounds like just the thing you need—to heal your spirit, mend a broken heart, explore the life of a wellness-driven adventurer, share your passion for fitness with others, or just have some down-time—then get to researching, set up your funding plan, and get packing. The world of yoga (especially in Asia) awaits!

Will you tend to elephants in between your asanas? Will you surf pre-practice and take a Jacuzzi bath afterward? Or help kids learn as you engage with others in thoughtful meditation? For the adventurous, aspiring yogi, there are incredible options to pursue. Whatever you do, be sure to get creative and share your goals with as many people as you can; but even if you do nothing else, make sure you create an account on FundMyTravel. Click below to get started today!

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andi sciaccaThis article was written by Andi Sciacca. Andi is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and their four-legged family. She works with inspired professionals who are expert practitioners, experienced educators, and well-known contributors to their field. Andi helps them take ideas and put them into practice. When not working or writing, she loves to experience music, see the world, and learn new things. Andi’s favorite places to travel include anywhere she can eat good food—and swim.

Can I Find Medical Mission Trips for Nurses for Free?

If you’re on the hunt for the inside scoop about medical mission trips for nurses, you’ve come to the right place! ☆ Are medical mission trips for nurses free? We don’t blame you for asking. All do-gooders want to get out there in the world ASAP to start making a difference without having to worry about how much it’s going to hurt their savings account. Unfortunately, we have some tough news for you…Turns out there is such a thing as “too good to be true”. Most things in life aren’t free, and an exciting international adventure is just one of those things.

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Maybe you won’t find medical mission trips for nurses for free, but you will absolutely find some priceless moments.

The availability of medical mission trips for nurses for free

There are always costs associated with volunteer nursing abroad (flights, housing, program fees, living costs, usually all of the above) which end up falling on the volunteer’s shoulders. And for good reason! Organizations need to direct their resources towards the issues at hand. By asking you to contribute in some way, these organizations and communities can continue to run these programs for the greater good—it’s all in the name of helping the community!

The short answer is: you will not find many (if any) free medical mission trips for nurses. And this is not a bad thing! Most of the best medical mission trips for nurses do have a cost attached, but we have some tips to get you and your stethoscope overseas! Here are 8 ways to fundraise for the cost of medical mission trips for nurses abroad.

8 ways to cover the costs of medical mission trips for nurses

1. Sell your stuff

Time to clear out the clutter! You’ve heard the saying, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. This means that you must have something you can sell for cold, hard cash. Electronics and gently used clothing are some of the things you can sell quickly to turn a profit. You can also get rid of household goods and furniture that you no longer use.

In the age of social media, it has become easier and easier to sell your stuff. You can even do it all from your phone! Online marketplaces and apps can be a one-stop-shop for almost anything. You can also go the old fashioned route of holding a garage sale or selling to a consignment store. Either way, the savings can add up quickly when you start getting rid of the things you no longer need!

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Trade in old iPhones and designer wallets for IV bags and stethoscopes.

2. Ask for direct donations

Engage with your community, family, and friends. They will be your biggest support in this process! Don’t be afraid to get your fundraising campaign out there, and ask for donations directly from those around you. You can’t just expect people to hand you money for no reason! When you approach people with a compelling story and goal, they are much more inclined to help out. Most people enjoy donating directly to a cause, especially when they know what their money will be going towards. Use this to your advantage, and tell them all about your mission trip plans!

Most people also like to donate towards causes they can personally identify with. For example, if you are going on Catholic medical mission trips or Christian medical mission trips for nurses, you can ask members of your church to help your cause. Another good way to suggest a donation is to ask friends and family to give you money in lieu of a gift at special events or birthdays.

3. Look for sponsors, scholarships, or grants

This is probably the closest you will ever come to a free trip: free money! There are organizations, companies, and schools that offer partial or full funding for those who are trying to go abroad. It takes research and time to apply for monetary awards, but it is so worth it. It is the best way to ease the strain on your wallet, while chasing your volunteer abroad dreams.

It gets even better if you are a student! You can find scholarships for medical mission trips for nursing students. If you are no longer in school, you still have a shot! Many companies sponsor volunteer trips that have a mission that aligns with their company goals.

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Scholarships and grants can help you get going on medical mission trips for nurses even faster.

4. An old classic: host a bake sale

There’s a reason why this old classic is on every fundraising list. It works! Nothing gets wallets open faster than some delicious sweets, especially when it is for a good cause. The best part is, baking ingredients are quite cheap. Once you put in your time and some elbow grease, you can make a decent financial return. Time to whip up some chocolate chip cookies and Grandma’s famous brownies!

If you can get your friends in on the baking, even better. The more variety, the better! Make sure to choose a good time and place to sell your goodies to make the most of your efforts. The key to a successful bake sale is volume! There is only so much you can charge per treat, so the more people you can convince to come to your bake sale, the better. Each little sale will add up.

5. Or host any type of fundraising event, really!

Everyone loves a good reason to get together with friends and family, and rally around a shared interest—especially if it is for a good cause. A successful fundraising event can be a huge source of funding for medical mission trips for nursing students. And there are tons of possible ways to host an event, of any size and type!

Here are some ideas to get you started: A game or trivia night is easy to plan and super fun. If you have friends with any specific talents, you can host a talent show or concert. Hosting an auction is an awesome way to collect money while also giving your donors a tangible gift (and many businesses are more willing to donate products rather than money). One last idea is to host a dinner party or BBQ; food really has a way of bringing people together! You can collect money as part of entry fees or publicize suggested donation amounts for more casual events.

6. Offer donor incentives

People love the idea of helping a good cause, but let’s be honest—they also like feeling like they are getting something in return! This is why you should offer some type of incentive to your donors. One way of doing so is by selling a product. This can be something you create, like bracelets or other crafts, or something personalized like T-shirts or water bottles with your own meaningful saying or logo on it.

The incentive can even be on a much smaller scale, as long as it is something to make people feel appreciated for their donation to your fundraising efforts. One great example is offering to send post cards and photos from your trip. It creates a great connection and people can see exactly where their money went!

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Trust us—donors will LOVE hearing about your trip and seeing the precious moments that you have captured.

7. Pick up odd jobs

The list wouldn’t be complete without this one! Whether it’s for a fun vacation, or for medical mission trips for nurses, picking up odd jobs is a tried and true way of earning more money for the journey abroad. In today’s gig economy, this has never been easier! There are tons of apps to help you work on your own schedule. You can also get a part time job in your community. Lastly, you can offer to help out around your neighborhood for a few extra bucks (mowing the lawn, shoveling snow, and petsitting are a few ideas that come to mind!).

8. Start a crowdfunding campaign online on FundMyTravel

Last, but definitely not least: start an online crowdfunding campaign. This step should be on everyone’s fundraising list! FundMyTravel is an online fundraising platform specifically for travelers. It is the best way to tell your story and streamline all of your donations to one place. Having an online fundraising campaign keeps your fundraising efforts neat, tidy, and easy. On your online campaign, visitors can read your story and donate, all in the same place! And you can share your campaign across all your social media channels to get your word out there.

Medical mission trips for nursing students don’t have to break the bank!

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It will be worth it in so many ways to double down and start fundraising for medical mission trips for nurses.

Medical mission trips for nurses provide both personal and professional benefits. It’s the best way for nurses to take advantage of the chance to travel, as well as learn about unique medical needs in another country. Many of the best medical mission trips for nurses operate across multiple countries and within various different fields of nursing to suit your interests and specialties.

Nursing abroad teaches you how to be a better and more well-rounded nurse, all while giving you the chance to help those who are in need. Embarking on a mission nursing trip is a worthwhile experience, and it doesn’t have to break the bank either!

So, are medical mission trips for nurses free? Maybe not, but it’s important to remember that when you pay to volunteer abroad, it is for a good reason. It means there is that much more funding going towards the issue that you are volunteering for in the first place! With these fundraising tips, you’ll be packing up your scrubs and nursing abroad in no time.

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jasmine harding headshotThis article was written by Jasmine Harding. Jasmine recently graduated from Western University with a degree in Media, Information, and Technoculture. She lived in 5 different countries before she turned 7 years old, but she claims that none of them “count” since she doesn’t remember them. She can’t wait to actually live in 5 different countries! In her spare time, you can find her playing with cats or watching food documentaries on Netflix.

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