Month: June 2019 (page 1 of 2)

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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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

affordable yoga retreats in Asia

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.

9 Cheap Volunteer Abroad Programs for College Students (+ How to Pay for It)

Here’s some great advice for the budding wanderluster: See the world while still in college, volunteer abroad, and do it on the cheap! Affordable volunteer abroad programs are plentiful—so you can do good things, keep your expenses low, and explore new places all at the same time. In fact, cheap volunteer abroad programs for college students are available in any field, and on every inhabited continent. You just need to know where to look!

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Where in the world will YOU end up for cheap volunteer abroad programs?

And really, why wouldn’t you pursue a cheap volunteer abroad program? The experience of helping others while seeing new parts of the world is really its own reward, but we also know that inexpensive (or even free volunteer abroad programs) can bring big value to your personal and professional development portfolios—and that can mean money in the bank later on! With so many options for volunteer abroad programs, how should you choose? Well, we’ve got nine of the best programs for college students (including information about how to pay for it!) right here!

9 affordable volunteer abroad programs

1. Construction Project in Zambia

If you want to work with a hands-on project, this is the program for you! While it’s one of the most affordable volunteer abroad programs out there, what’s even better is the opportunity to build homes for homeless families in the village of Mwandi. Some construction experience would be a plus, but it’s not required for participation. If you like to become part of the community, this is also a great option as volunteers are encouraged to participate in village life. Even better, the total cost is roughly $100 per week.

Biker riding down a road in Zambia

Cheap volunteer abroad programs for college students will land you in some of the most beautiful places on Earth.

2. Iceland Trail Team Volunteers

We know that inexpensive is key, but what about free volunteer abroad programs? In this program, you can join the Icelandic Forest Service and help them manage the network of hiking trails that cross the wilderness. Full disclosure—this volunteer opportunity is only for the physically fit; but if you’re an adventurous, athletic volunteer with a passion for the outdoors, what could be better than spending six weeks (or more!) among waterfalls, valleys, and mountains? Best of all, there are no actual expenses for this program. That’s right—the costs are $0!

3. Best Volunteer Projects in Bolivia

Let’s say you’re looking for a free volunteer abroad program, but you’re searching for options beyond hiking the wilderness.  Well, why not head to Bolivia? Participation in this program allows you to pursue opportunities like teaching children to read, or working to conserve wildlife and care for exotic animals. And if geography is your thing, you won’t find a place more diverse! From tropical rainforests to the tropical savannas, and from the Andes mountains to the salt lakes, volunteering abroad in Bolivia has something for everyone. And yes, the cost to you is $0.

4. Skilled Volunteering with Moving Worlds

If you’re someone who prefers a customized approach, be sure to check out this stand-out among volunteer programs abroad. Cheap and flexible? You bet! Skilled volunteering means matching you with experiences that best correspond with your interests and skills. For a college student, this is perfect, because you can find a volunteer program that will connect your talents, interests, and course of study with an opportunity to do good things! As far as where you can go with this program, there are over 40 options from Argentina to Zimbabwe—for $80 per week!

Waterfall in Argentina

Price per week: $80. These views: Priceless.

5. Giving Way

This program keeps the costs low by connecting you directly with the non-profit you’d serve. When you’re exploring cheap volunteer abroad programs, you’ll notice that each program has something unique to offer. With this opportunity, that unique element is keeping the costs super low, and making sure the fees you do pay go directly to the community organization you would serve. This doubles the impact of your experience, and keeps the weekly cost at roughly $70.

6. Connecting Worlds in Argentina

If you’re looking for a six-month (or more) commitment for a cheap volunteer abroad program in South America, this could be the perfect program for you. With opportunities to serve in fields ranging from education to health care, there are all kinds of opportunities for a college student looking to enrich your experience. Another perk of this program is that all volunteers get an included homestay, which offers an even more immersive experience for those wanting to engage in the community. And you get all that for only $140 per week.

7. Kalamos and Kastos Sustainable Development Program

Typically, if you’re looking for cheap volunteer abroad programs for college students, opportunities in Greece are among the most beautiful—but also the most expensive. The low cost of this program makes it one of the most desirable and affordable volunteer abroad programs you can find! You get to work on sustainable conservation and spend your free time exploring the stone-house coast with like-minded people for only $158 per week. Fantastikós!

A bench on a beach in Greece

Grecian beaches are legendary. Cheap volunteer abroad programs will show you the way there!

8. Sustainable Bolivia Opportunities with Niños con Valor

If you enjoy working with children, this is one of the most interesting, cheap volunteer abroad programs out there. The focus is on providing critical support to victims of various kinds of trauma; if you’re in a counseling or therapeutic field, this could be a perfect fit, but no previous experience is required. There are three primary projects, ranging from HIV/AIDS related healthcare to mental health. Do good for those in need for only $68 per week.

9. Volunteer World Best Volunteer Programs Worldwide

So if you’re looking for affordable volunteer abroad programs and don’t have a preference on where to go or what to do so long as it’s a positive experience, check out Volunteer World! With over 80 countries to choose from, and an incredible range of options for activities, locations, and program length, this is the perfect program for those who want a big menu of options. From working with animals to engaging in sports, at only $162 per week, you could do more than one!

Quick tips for covering your volunteer abroad costs

So now that you have the inside scoop on cheap volunteer abroad programs for college students (or even free volunteer abroad programs!), wouldn’t it be great if you could reduce those costs even more? Well, you can! Check out this short list (of many!) ideas to help you make your volunteer abroad dreams a reality:

  • Have a good old-fashioned bake sale
  • Sell your unwanted fashions online
  • Wash some cars, trucks, or motorcycles
  • Run some errands or mow some lawns
  • Consider babysitting or elder care
  • Walk some dogs (or cats!)
  • Do some ride-sharing or pedi-cabbing
  • Work short term as a bicycle messenger
  • And (most importantly) check out the resources on FundMyTravel.com!

You can afford to volunteer abroad!

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Cheap volunteer abroad programs for college students are calling. Ready to answer?

As you can see, there are all kinds of options for cheap volunteer abroad programs out there, and even more ways for you to raise money to cover the costs you do have! A volunteer experience can be life-changing for the volunteer and for the people they serve, so don’t let something like financial costs get in the way of living your dreams, seeing the world, and helping others. Get your research done, get creative, and you’ll be packing your bags in no time.

And, with FundMyTravel.com, there are more options than ever to raise money to cover the costs of volunteer programs abroad, cheap or otherwise. Whether you want to feed the world, build homes, teach children, map the wilderness, conserve the coastline, or do any other super cool things with your talents and time, you can find something that suits you—so 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.

7 Little Improvements to Make to Your Online Fundraising Campaign

Every online fundraising campaign needs a boost from time to time. When your donations have slowed down to all but a trickle, it’s time to liven things up! There’s much more to online fundraising than just directing people to a donation page, and it’s important to keep your online fundraising campaign fresh and relevant to appeal to donors. The key to keeping donations high is to find a way to connect with your supporters in a meaningful way; this is at the heart of all successful fundraising campaigns!

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Making meaningful connections is a surefire way to achieve successful online fundraising campaigns.

Hitting your fundraising goal can make or break your time abroad, which means you need to put your best foot forward when crowdfunding online. There is always room for improvement to your online campaign! Little tweaks can offer big returns, so it is worth revisiting your online campaign page and updating your fundraising strategy. These 7 tips will help you figure out how to increase donations and liven up your fundraising campaign!

How to improve your online fundraising campaign—small changes with big returns

1. Tap into your passion—and show it!

You can’t fake passion and authenticity, and these are two things that many people value deeply. One of the best ways to connect with people is through a shared passion. At the very least, even if your opportunity abroad is not related to their passions, showing your donors that you are passionate will pique their interest.

Everyone knows how it feels to be passionate about something, and when you’re moved by a story or a cause, you want to support it. When people realize how close to your heart this opportunity abroad is, the donation process feels much more meaningful. Most importantly: you have to be able to communicate your passion. It is a way of proving that people should donate to you.

Here are a couple of questions to start with: Why is this opportunity so important to you, and how will it make you and the world around you a better place? These questions should reveal the passion behind your journey abroad. Your campaign doesn’t have to be over the top to convey passion; you can convey it through writing something heartfelt, and even a genuine smile in a campaign video can make it clear that your cause is close to your heart.

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Don’t hide how you feel! If you want to know how to get donations online, the answer is to be passionate and genuine.

2. Make sure you are telling a story

Everyone loves a good backstory! Stories humanize us and connect us. There’s a reason why you are fundraising (beyond the fact that you just need the moola). There’s a history of decisions, passions, and maybe even coincidences behind your decision to go abroad. Tell it!

Once again, connections help drive donations. There is probably an aspect to your story that donors can connect to: a love for travel, a love for helping others, a dream of studying abroad—these are all things that many people have experienced at some point! Your backstory gives donors more insight into who you are and your reasons for going abroad. A good story is a major driving factor behind successful fundraising campaigns!

3. Put a face to your story

This small change can elevate your fundraising campaign. If you are using generic photos (or even worse—NO photos), you’re missing out on a big way to connect to your donors. Sure, many of your donors will probably already know what you look like, but you can take your story to the next level by using imagery to your advantage. When people can connect a story to a face, it humanizes the narrative. It’s not just words on a page; it shows that the story is connected to a person with a past, and with hopes and dreams for the future.

You can do this in a number of ways. For example, if you are saving to volunteer abroad, you can include photos of the communities you will be helping. You can include photos of individual within that community, and the ways that this trip may help them. For environmental volunteering, you can include photos of the flora and fauna you will be conserving (who doesn’t love some cute animal photos)? If it is a more personal cause, like work or study abroad, you can include photos of yourself participating in activities that are related to your job or field of study.

Woman on top of a mountain taking photos

Stellar photography does a ton of heavy lifting when it comes to your online fundraising campaign.

4. Use compelling images

Images that tell a story, images that are beautiful, images that capture an important or emotional moment…these are the types of images that draw people in! It is easy to scroll past a bunch of words on a page. But pair it with a compelling image, and people are more likely to stop and pay attention.

First, make sure you have the basics covered. Images that are focused, not too dark or light, and that have a connection to your campaign (they need to have a reason for being on your page). Then there are some aspects that can bring your images to the next level. For example, capturing an authentic moment or emotion related to your trip, interesting related subject matter (e.g. a famous or unique location, or aspect of the country you will be visiting), and bright or photogenic color scheme that captures your attention. The main point is: images are important. Make sure to take the time to choose and edit meaningful photos to use for your campaign!

5. Let donors know exactly where their money will go

When it comes to donations, most people want to know where their money will go. When you are giving away money in good faith, it feels good to know that it will be used wisely. One simple way of showing this is by including a list of expenses you are fundraising for. For example, are you fundraising for flights, program fees, or tuition (maybe all of the above)? Donors are more likely to donate if they know their money is going towards the intended cause and not being spent frivolously.

If you want to take it a step further, you can even show a budget break down and the amount you hope to raise per expense. Figuring out a budget is something that you need to do for any trip, and one way to keep control of your spending is by sharing this information. Creating a budget will give you an accurate idea of how much money you need to raise. By making it public (even just between you and a few of your donors) it will set you up to be more accountable for your spending.

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While running an online fundraising campaign, make sure to be transparent with your donors about what their money is funding.

6. Edit with a fine-toothed comb

There is nothing worse than reading something littered with spelling and grammar mistakes. It can make a good fundraising campaign look careless and slapped together—which is definitely not the kind of look you want when you are asking for donations!

Beyond just editing grammar and spelling mistakes, you should also edit the tone and flow of your campaign. Try your best to let your personality shine through! A personable piece is much more likely to attract the attention of donors. Your online fundraising campaign is integral to your fundraising efforts, so it is worth your time to double (and triple check) your work.

7. Say “Thank You” effectively by offering a token of appreciation

Hopefully, you are already doing something to make your donors feel appreciated (if not, you really, really need to start!). Your donors are helping you achieve your dreams, and that is something to be thankful for. There’s more to online fundraising than just figuring out how to get donations online; you also need to make sure your past donors feel appreciated!

This can be as simple as a grateful email to say thank you and let your donors know that their donation will take you far (literally)! Other ideas can include postcards or small gifts from your time abroad. You can also highlight donors in a social media post (everyone loves a shout-out). Just make sure you are saying thank you in some way!

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Whether by text, by letter, or in person over a latte, showing your donors that they’re appreciated is a fundraising best practice.

Need some examples? Here are 4 successful FundMyTravel fundraising campaigns

1. Interning in Dublin

This campaign answers the three most important questions within the first few sentences: what, where, and why. They explain why they are passionate about their internship field and also why they chose Ireland as their destination. The photos used reflect the beauty of Ireland (it even makes us want to jet over there!) This fundraising campaign managed to surpass its goal by 20%. Not too shabby!

2. Mental Health Placement in Sri Lanka

This fundraiser breaks down exactly how the volunteer will help mental health efforts in Sri Lanka. It gives an excellent explanation of the importance of this volunteer trip. They specify that they are collecting donations towards their program fee, which gives donors a good idea of how their money is being spent. This online fundraising campaign managed to reach its goal with almost a month left to spare.

3. Honeymoon Fund

This one takes advantage of a sentimental event to raise travel funds. Instead of asking for gifts, it is a call for donations towards a honeymoon trip. Asking for donations in lieu of physical gifts is a great way to maximize your donations!

4. Volunteer in Bali

This campaign shares a detailed background story, and also a cost breakdown. It is easy to see that effort was put into this campaign (and it paid off!). It even includes a list of donor gifts that will be given depending on how much you donate. All of these aspects definitely helped make this a successful fundraising campaign.

Now you know how to increase donations online!

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Make connections, be genuine, and tell a great story, and you’ll be well on your way to a successful online fundraising campaign.

It can be tough to get over your mid-campaign lull. After the initial surge of donations starts slowing down, you can be left wondering how to keep the wave going. No matter how excellent your original idea was, every campaign can use some livening up from time to time! You need to put in work at every step to keep your campaign memorable and relevant, and to keep those donations coming in.

A strong online fundraising campaign can give the push you need to reach your donation goal. Creating a clear and concise fundraising campaign is a big task, but it is totally doable! If you’re wondering how to get donations online, the main aspect you should focus on is forging a connection with your donors. There are small improvements that you can make to any fundraising campaign to boost its effectiveness. These tips will help your online fundraising campaign stand out from the rest!

Haven’t started your fundraising campaign yet? It’s time! Create a Fund My Travel fundraising campaign and start collecting donations today!

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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