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Fund Raising

Fund Raising

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

  1. Your project fee
  2. The cost of flights to Nepal, as well as any extra internal flights
  3. Visa costs
  4. Vaccinations and inoculations
  5. Spending money for gifts and extra trips/tours
  6. Project donations if you want to raise extra funds for charity

Crowd Funding

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:

  1. Make it personal – show your passion and commitment to what you’re doing
  2. Consider ‘in lieu’ donations – instead of birthday and anniversary gifts ask for donations
  3. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Write well-targeted lettersTo individuals, and individuals within companies, asking for support.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Plan aheadTo avoid missing your targets.
  10. 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!

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COVID-19 UPDATES

KEEPING YOU SAFE AS OUR PROGRAMS RE-OPEN

Last updated: June 16th, 2020

KEEP CALM and CARRY ON –

The Enlightenment that speak to this time of coronavirus shutdowns and of health and economic fears.

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Travel in response to COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly. AROUND GOOD PEOPLE is closely monitoring the situation, following the advice of public health experts, and making decisions with our participants, staff, and global community partners at the forefront of every conversation. 

 

As the world begins to re-open, your wellbeing is our highest priority.

Thanks to the incredible team effort of millions around the world, many countries are beginning to exit their COVID-19 lockdowns and re-open their countries for visitors. While some regions may remain restricted for some months more, we plan to restart our Dental Placement volunteer programs where the local health situation and government advice allows this. AROUND GOOD PEOPLEs volunteers provide invaluable support to our local communities around the underprivileged communities in Nepal. Now more than ever, our volunteerscontributions of time, expertise and local spending money are critically needed to help these communities to get back on their feet.

Since long before COVID-19 began to spread, AROUND GOOD PEOPLE has followed industry-leading procedures to ensure the safety of our volunteers. As our programs start to re-open to volunteers, we will maintain our pledge to keep you safe. In addition to our standard volunteer safety processes, all of our local program teams will be following enhanced procedures we have developed to minimize risks from COVID-19.

 

Our volunteers should also take personal responsibility for their own health and the safety of others. Please do not travel if you are feeling ill or if there is a risk you may be an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19 for example, if you have been exposed to an infected individual within the 14 days before you start your AROUND GOOD PEOPLE program.

Most of our volunteers book their trips months in advance, so please take this time to plan for the future. With AROUND GOOD PEOPLE you can register for trips up to three years ahead.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support of AROUND GOOD PEOPLE and the communities we work within. If theres anything we can do to help you with your travel plans during this time, please get in touch with us for further information, support and guidance.

 

If you continue scrolling down this page, youll find answers to some of the most common questions the AROUND GOOD PEOPLE team are being asked, including details on which programs will open in the near future under different emerging scenarios.

 

Please stay safe, be kind, and protect the health of yourself and others, wherever you are in the world.

 

Rij Baskar

Co-Founder & Chief Executive, AROUND GOOD PEOPLE

 

Before we continue, let us say:

 

Thank you to all those on the front lines, the doctors, the nurses, the pharmacists, the first responders, and other medical staff. Youve risked your health to save us. You are the true heroes.

Thank you to everyone working to get us what we need. Without the grocery store employees, the delivery drivers, the warehouse staff, the manufacturing workers, and others who are supporting the relief operation, we wouldnt be able to fight this deadly virus. Without teachers and childcare workers, we couldnt support our youth. You all are the everyday heroes.

 

Thank you to everyone practicing social distancing and staying at home. Youve done your part to prevent the spread.

 

For most volunteers, its legally not possible or at least not advisable to go on medical/dental volunteer abroad at this time.

 

So, in this note, we have highlighted dental volunteer projects in Nepal that you can join after the Coronavirus pandemic has passed and life returns to some sort of normalcy, which we are hoping by the end of September, 2020. See what projects catch your eye, bookmark them, and apply to one later.

 

With these volunteer programs, use a wait-and-see approach. Because we don’t know when the Coronavirus outbreak will slow. The situation changes rapidly, so it’s hard to plan a Nepal Dental volunteer trip now. If you’re interested in a specific program, stay in touch with us. That way, once things do settle down, you’ll be ready to apply and go to Nepal for a life changing volunteering experience.

 

Note: Hopefully, the rate of new coronavirus cases slows and effective treatments and a vaccine are developed. There has been much progress already and the way countries and international health organizations have been working together bodes well for all of us. In the meantime, we’ll continually update this guide and our list of Nepal Dental Volunteering Projects as the situation evolves.

Covid Map

Also, regularly check this live map from Johns Hopkins University that tracks the Coronavirus outbreak around the world. This way, you can stay updated on when it’s safe to join   a Nepal Dental Volunteering Project.