How to be a Responsible Traveller: Kaya Tip 11: Ideas for Funding Your Volunteer Abroad Adventure

Kaya recognises that volunteering abroad can come at a hefty price. Especially with the cost of flights, visas and packing essentials.

Which is why we have decided to write a blog about the joys of fundraising and share a few tips and tricks that will help you get started.

Here are some ideas on how you can fundraise your volunteering trip with Kaya:

Sell your old things

Are we right that you have a wardrobe full of clothes, some of which are items that you no longer wear?

If that’s a yes then you can sell your unwanted clothing from the comfort of your home by using the Depop or eBay apps. You would be surprised at how easily your pre-loved clothing can turn into cash so quickly. Especially if you mention in your bio that you are selling your items in order to raise funds to go volunteering abroad. However, it’s not just clothing that you can sell; books (especially old university textbooks), DVD box sets, such as F.R.I.E.N.D.S and Game of Thrones, and other miscellaneous bits and bobs that could end up making you a few quid too!

Online fundraising account

Setting up a fundraising account is a perfect way to raise money that you can use to fund your volunteering adventure. At Kaya, we have partnered up with a fundraising website called FundMyTravel.com. It is a great platform for you to tell people about yourself and the reason behind your fundraising account. You can explain to people that you will be volunteering abroad which, in turn, could lead to people donating money towards your trip.

Use your social media page to your advantage

You can link your social media pages to some of these online selling apps, making it easy for you to spread the word about the items you are selling online. Additionally, you can share your online fundraising page with your friends and family to help gain some more publicity. Get your friends to share your fundraising account on social media pages, such as Facebook and Twitter, to maximise your reach!

Another idea for you would be to set up a separate Instagram account dedicated to your volunteering journey. You could showcase all the little things you are doing to fund your travels and post pictures whilst you are out on the project to show people that their donation has gone towards a great cause.

Odd jobs

It might sound a bit cliché, but taking the neighbours dog out for a stroll, washing/valeting peoples cars or even selling homemade lemonade from a wooden stall are all ways of generating more cash. it just depends on how far you want to go.

Get a part-time job

If you’re not already working, you could get a part-time job. This is a sure way to receive money that you can put towards your travels. Once you turn 16, you can legally get a part-time job in the UK and in the US you can start work from the minimum age of 14! Why not hand in your CV to local stores and see what the outcome is?

You never know, you could land yourself a lovely little job before your volunteering adventure begins.

So there you have it, five ways to kick-start your fundraising journey! In addition to this blog, we have a dedicated fundraising page on our website. Once you have signed up and paid your £180 deposit, you will receive an in-depth fundraising guide which is jam-packed with more fab ideas. You could also take a look at our scholarship page to see if you are eligible for any of them!

For more information about fundraising, please feel free to contact one of our friendly placement advisors by either requesting a call back or for more information!