Fundraising Ideas for a Volunteer Trip

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Why Fundraise?

When you consider what kind of life-changing experience it could be to volunteer in Africa, the question soon becomes, “What’s stopping you?”. If it’s a financial obstacle that’s holding you back, then there’s good news to share! At African Impact, we’re dedicated to giving everyone the opportunity to make a positive impact, regardless of financial constraints. With us, volunteers like you can easily find easy volunteer fundraising ideas for a trip abroad!

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How to Get Started?

You can create a fundraising campaign through Fund My Travel, an online platform that allows volunteers to create a campaign page that conveys their story and fundraising needs in a simple yet powerful way. volunteer 


You’ll be provided with all the tools needed to promote a new campaign to your extended network (many people refer to this as ‘crowdfunding’), and you’ll learn how to fundraise for a trip abroad by volunteering. If done correctly, it can allow you to reach exponentially more donors than you ever would have through traditional fundraising methods.

7 Tips for Fundraising Your Volunteer Trip Abroad

1. Provide a Good First Impression

Because you may not be speaking to some of your donors directly, your profile page must present a strong first impression of your fundraising project and goals. Include all of the information on your profile that potential donors will want – your itinerary, a purposeful budget, and most importantly, the details of the organization and project you plan to work with.

2. Tell Your Story

Your campaign page should be much more than the basic facts of where you’re going and how much money you need to raise. People respond to stories, so make sure your page explains yours. If you’re volunteering, why are you choosing to serve, and what do you hope to achieve?

 

Also, one of my favorite phrases is, “Don’t give TO me, give THROUGH me”. So, I encourage you to use that in all of your messaging – it’s a great way to remind people what their donation is really going towards.

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3. Share Your Page

Spread the word to everyone you can! This may include family, friends, past teachers, co-workers, community members, or even just people that you know on a Christmas-card basis. A good first step is to use the “Share” widget on your campaign page to promote the page through email, Facebook, and Twitter.

4. Ask Your Contacts to Share Your Page

Don’t limit your outreach to just people you think have the money to donate. One of the most powerful benefits of our crowdfunding platform is that it makes it easy for others to share your page and reach an exponentially larger network. So when you share your page, ask people to share it with their contacts as well! If you don’t ask, they may not even realize how they can help.

5. Create Blog Posts

Use your blog section to tell the full story of your volunteer abroad trip and keep everyone updated on your progress. Are you doing anything to prepare for your adventure? How do you feel about your upcoming trip? Write a post about your training regimen or research work.

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6. Thank Donors Publicly

People love recognition, and this is your chance to give them well-deserved praise! Make it public so that everyone can see that someone has contributed to your campaign. This will help get additional donations from others.

 

Also, when you thank your donors, make sure to ask them to help you spread the word among their contacts as well.

7. Share Your Page Again, and Again

You will be much more successful in raising funds if you continue to share your campaign multiple times. People may need several reminders before they take action. And use your campaign timeline to create a sense of urgency, especially towards the end.

Get Ready for Your Volunteer Trip Abroad!

Now that we’ve addressed the different steps and stages of the process, you can see that there are many great fundraising ideas for volunteer work. So, if you’re considering volunteering with us at African Impact but the program’s cost is a concern, don’t think all hope is gone. 


Volunteering is a fulfilling way to make a tangible difference in the community while following your passion. Not only will you contribute to meaningful projects, but you’ll also gain access to valuable fundraising resources and information that support your goals. Through your dedication, you can inspire others to join the cause and spread awareness about the importance of conservation and community efforts. Explore our various fundraising resources and volunteer programs to find the perfect fit for you! You can also get in touch with us directly if you have any questions.

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