We know that international flights can be expensive; and for a trip to Nepal you also need to think about vaccinations, accommodation, transport and visas which all add to the cost. In addition to this, most volunteer projects and internship programs will have a project fee attached to them, which covers board and lodging, and also ensures the long term success of the project by driving profits into project development.
If you want to join us on a volunteering place in Nepal but don’t have the cash, then raising money through clever innovations, creativity and crowd funding is the way forward! On this page you’ll find some practical ideas for you to come up with the dough and join us in Nepal!
Figuring out how much money you need
- Your project fee
- The cost of flights to Nepal, as well as any extra internal flights
- Visa costs
- Vaccinations and inoculations
- Spending money for gifts and extra trips/tours
- Project donations if you want to raise extra funds for charity
Quite often, if you let people know the purpose of your trip and show your passion and enthusiasm for volunteering, they’ll be happy to sponsor funds towards it!
You can raise the required funds through www.volunteerforever.com a crowd funding platform where you can create a profile for yourself, set a goal amount and share your links with family and friends to contribute towards your worthy cause. We’ll also happily share your fundraising page through our own social media channels.
Fund My Travel (www.fundmytravel.com) works in much the same way. When creating your fundraising profile, follow these simple tips:
- Make it personal – show your passion and commitment to what you’re doing
- Consider ‘in lieu’ donations – instead of birthday and anniversary gifts ask for donations
- Why not look at odd jobs – ask for donations in exchange for window cleaning, mowing etc.
Set up a blog
Consider setting up a blog to write about your fundraising campaign. You can write posts about the project you’re going to be volunteering on as well as advertising any upcoming fundraising events you’re organizing. We can link to your blog on our website where suitable, and even re-post some of your posts on the official Around Good People blog.
Host an event
Get creative and think of fun ways to raise some money to help pay for your trip. Here are some examples to get you in the mood!
Nepal Dinner Party Get in the spirit for your time in Nepal by hosting a Nepalese (even an Everest) dinner party for your friends and family! Get your guests to pay a few dollars each and cook a three course Nepalese (or Himalayan)-inspired meal.
Going to Nepal? Cook a traditional “Dal-Bhaat” (meal) of a lentil soup with steamed basmati rice and any stewed vegetables. Or how about holding a traditional Nepalese moto? You can get guests to bring their own meat to cook on the grill, keeping your expenses down and maximizing the profit that will go towards your trip!
Club / Band Night Why not hold an exciting club or band night at a local venue with a charge at the door? You could keep costs down by asking if a local band or DJ would be willing to play free of charge. Use Facebook to advertise the evening, and how about asking universities and bars in the area if you can put up flyers!
5-a-Side Football Tournament Are you a keen soccer player? Why not organize a local 5-a-side football tournament with teams paying to take part? You could hold it in your local park, or ask your local leisure or football club if they’d consider letting you use their facilities free of charge? You can also contact your area’s football association and ask them to put you in touch with a referee who could help you organise.
Leg Waxing FOR MALES ONLY! This one has worked before! Why not give your mates a laugh whilst raising money for your trip at the same time? Ask your mates to sponsor you to watch you have your legs waxed – you’ll be amazed by how much they’ll pay to see it!
Sponsored Marathon Ever seen someone train and run a marathon and think they’re crazy?! Well… they’re not! With just 6 months training and hard work, anybody can run a marathon. If you’ve planned your volunteer trip in advance, you have plenty of time to give it a shot! Particularly if you’re not sporty, people will see how dedicated you are to fundraising for your volunteering project – a great way to raise funds! If you’re joining one of our lion projects, why not run dressed as a lion?!
Community Market or Fair Do you live in a village or a small community? How about hosting a traditional village fête? Hold it in your local church or town hall and you won’t even have to pay for a venue! You can host different activities and have stalls to maximize the profit –face painting for children, a cake sale, craft table – or why not add a twist with a traditional Nepalese food (Dal-Bhaat or Momo) stall for lunch?!
Other fund raising tips
There are other important tips for fund raising
- Think, “Who do I know?”Successful fundraising costs little and reaches a wide audience. Think: “who can help me?” Does a member of the family work in a large company that could sponsor you? Is there a friend who could provide a venue for a fundraising event? Build your ideas around what you already have.
- Keep your reasons for volunteering in mindA passionate desire to help people less fortunate than ourselves will bring in donations – particularly when ‘face-to face’ fundraising.
- Produce a leafletexplaining your reasons for volunteering abroad and giving some background on the project you hope to join. Include this leaflet in every fundraising activity.
- Have a goalKnow how much you need to raise and for every fundraising activity, assess how much you expected to raise against what you actually do. Some ideas work, others might not, but you won’t repeat mistakes.
- Ask for specific donationsbut don’t stand by them. Asking for a specific amount will give your donors a benchmark and allow you to calculate how much you need to raise from each person/organization to achieve your target. If you’re asking for sponsorship, it may be an idea to go to your biggest benefactor first – people often follow the leader.
- Write well-targeted lettersTo individuals, and individuals within companies, asking for support.
- Hold an (inexpensive!) eventAnd make it wacky – like the lion conservation volunteer who sat in a tub of cat-food! Draw attention to your goals, get sponsorship and give publicity to any companies who have already donated to your cause. Local press coverage can also be useful.
- Always offer something in returnTo every sponsor who makes a donation. This could be as simple as sending them a copy of your diary via email when you are abroad, or giving a talk when you return.
- Plan aheadTo avoid missing your targets.
- Use your time wiselyFundraisers generally use as much time as they have to achieve their goals. If you are on a tight deadline, you will just be working that bit harder!
There are so many ways to find all the cash you need to take you on your Nepal Volunteering trip. So don’t let money get in the way – simply put your fundraising hat on and you’ll be on your way to Nepal no time!