Category: Volunteer Abroad

Why You Should Fundraise for Your Volunteering Abroad Experience

Raise funds to Volunteer Abroad

“Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time; they have the heart”.  

After a lot of research, you have decided you want to volunteer abroad. You’ve picked a location and a program – now all you have to do is get there. While your first option to fund your trip might not necessarily be fundraising, you should definitely consider it! A great way to fundraise for your volunteer abroad experience is to start a campaign on FundMyTravel. FundMyTravel is an easy platform for you to use and  place for donors to contribute financially to support your trip.

Fundraising is an important part of your volunteer journey – here are three reasons why you should do it!

1. Donate Money to Your Volunteer Project

One reason you should raise money for your meaningful travel experience is to help your project onsite! Whether you are volunteering at an orphanage in Ghana, teaching English in China, or becoming a nursing volunteer in Guatemala, by raising money for your project you will be able to contribute more than just your time. On FundMyTravel, multiple campaigners have asked people to donate money so the volunteer can help their program in one way or another. For example, Ailish McGovern raised money for her trip personally but asked people to donate money so she could buy more resources for the care center. Fundraising is a great way to help your program, before you even get there!

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10 Things to Pack When Volunteering Abroad

What to Pack
Taking the initiative and traveling abroad to volunteer your time can be daunting. Idex 
offers volunteer programs in Nepal, Vietnam, India, and other places and they have a wealth of experience to help you prepare for your journey. Traveling abroad will bring you some new challenges to face. With different languages and completely different cultures being thrown at you, being in a foreign country can become overwhelming if you are not prepared.  Making sure you are prepared with everything you may need on your trip should be the next step after booking it. But what should you be sure to take? Here’s a look at 10 things you should always pack when volunteering abroad.

1. Passport

One of the single most important items to bring with you. Your passport is the key identification that is used while you cross countries borders.  Without this, traveling abroad will be next to impossible because most countries won’t even let you enter. Also, if necessary be sure to have the proper visas. It’s always good to check with the embassy of your host country to see if a visa is required.
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Old Question, New Answers “Why Volunteer Abroad?”

Definitely one of the most over-used titles on any volunteer abroad blog is ‘Why Volunteer Abroad?’. Despite its simplicity, this mere three word query is something that we as volunteer abroad bloggers just can’t leave well alone.

In most cases, articles are very similar: the author will note down very valid points about how volunteering abroad will introduce you to a new culture, help you contribute to the economy, enhance your education and offer you the opportunity to contribute your time and skills to noble and worthwhile projects. For the most part, all of these reasons are truly valid, but of course you already knew that, right? After all you’re thinking of volunteering in Guatemala for 4 weeks, you’ve already pretty much worked out that you’re going to be experiencing a new culture, spending money, donating time and hopefully learning a thing or two a long the way.

After working hands on with volunteers for a number of years, I’d like to offer a new perspective to this age old question. So without further-a-do, I give you a few reasons why you should volunteer abroad.

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