Over our 12 years of history, we have realized that budget plays a major role when planning to volunteer abroad. We have seen many volunteers cancelling their trip to Peru because of budget-related issues, which is something that we feel very sorry about. Partnering with FundMyTravel seemed the next logical step to help our prospect volunteers find the economic resources they need to afford a volunteer experience in Peru. We believe money shouldn’t be the factor preventing people from helping others and from having a unique and meaningful life experience.
FairMail is a social enterprise based in Peru that produces fair trade greeting cards with photos taken by underprivileged teenagers aged 15 - 19. Our mission is to empower FairMail teenagers through photography so that they can grow into the adults they want to be. With the help of volunteers from all over the world, we provide the young photographers free photography classes where we nurture their talent and creativity. The pictures they take are sold to European publishers and used to produce fair trade certified greeting cards and postcards. 60% of the profit of our social enterprise goes the photographers and it is used to fund their education and to support their families.
Sometimes it feels like the biggest obstacle to going abroad is financing your trip, but that doesn't have to be the case! FairMail has teamed up with FundMyTravel so that participants can make their very own fundraising pages online. This way, you have a creative platform to communicate personal messages, keep your audience engaged with your travel plans, and collect the funding to help make this experience a possibility.
With a simplified payment system, participants collect funds right to their secure PayPal or WePay account. There is a solid team of experienced travelers and professionals at FundMyTravel, who are here to offer campaigners support, including insights for fundraising success. You can check out a few tips below before clicking the button above, to get started!
Just like travel, fundraising is about an exchange - so whether you send them post cards, create a video-diary, start a blog, or grow a photo gallery - make sure to share these things with your networks in exchange for their donations and online support! You can check out more unique and creative ideas on our Fundraising Toolkit.
Using Social Media, writing Personal Emails and sharing consistent Updates on your campaign are essential steps for reaching that fundraising goal. You can plan the most inspiring trip, upload a video about it, and complete your campaign with profile details, but it won't make a difference unless you tell everyone where to find it!
Be sure to thank any and everyone who contributes to your campaign either through funding, shares, or even just likes. Be sure to acknowledge your supporters through Facebook and Twitter shout-outs, fun and engaging videos, individual emails or messages, hand-written letters and they are more likely to spread the word on your campaign efforts.