Fundraising for your Amanzi Travel Volunteer Adventure – Tips and Ideas
Volunteering in Africa and South East Asia takes you one step further into the true character of these intriguing countries. See Africa and Asia in a different light, emerged in the culture rather than as a tourist. Its not just about giving money… it’s about building a relationship with and helping communities make a sustainable change. Make a difference to the future of our planets’ wildlife, or assist in helping spirited communities thrive!
“The whole experience was absolutely incredible. It was uplifting, rewarding, challenging, grounding, heart breaking and soul destroying in equal measure. To see the absolute joy on the faces of the children when we arrived to spend time with them, or their excitement at being given the opportunity to do something creative, was incredible. This is why I WILL do it again and why I would encourage anyone whois thinking about doing this sort of thing to stop thinking about it, and go and do it.” Stuart Neath
Always wanted to volunteer abroad but been put off by the cost? Although there are costs connected to volunteering, the good news is that the majority, if not all, of your expenses can be raised through fundraising and sponsorship. People are often very willing to support your cause if you educate them on the purpose of your trip. It is also a great way to get excited about your volunteer adventure whilst having fun raising the money. Fundraising can be a great experience – your friends and family will have a great time participating in your events, and not only that, but all of the money will be going towards a great cause! You can be really creative with the ways that you raise money – for example you could Run a marathon and get donations for completing it or organise a South African Brai with tickets for your local community.
How much to fundraise?
Before planning and beginning any fundraising activities, it is important to work out how much is going to be needed and to set a target. Here are a few things to consider….
Cost of the project
All the project fees are on the Amanzi Travel website and there are prices for the different durations and range from £375 upwards. The project fee will make up the bulk of your costs, however this does generally include your food, accommodation, airport transfers and the project activities as detailed. It can often include weekend activities and excursions also.
Flights are not included in the project price and Amanzi Travel can arrange these for you if you wish as we hold a full ATOL licence – offering you peace of mind with financial protection for your trip. To get an idea of the flight costs, you should first check on the Amanzi Travel website or speak to one of the team about the airport that you need to arrive into for your inclusive transfers. Then you can either ask Amanzi Travel to check the flight prices for you or you can have a look on websites like SkyScanner to give you an idea of the approximate costs. Flight to Africa and Asia from the UK tend to be between £600 – £1000 and from the United States between £1,400 – £2000.
There is lots of useful information in your pre-departure pack about vaccinations and if there is any need to take anti-malarials. All volunteers will however need to talk to their doctor about the recommended vaccinations for their trip based on your personal medical history. Depending on your choices based on the advice given you may need to budget for vaccinations like Rabies or having anti-malaria tablets. Vaccinations such as rabies and anti-malarials can cost a few hundred pounds.
Spending money/living expenses
During your placement you will usually have weekends free giving you the perfect opportunity to be a tourist and visit some of the surrounding areas. If in Livingstone, Zambia for instance you may wish to budget for a trip to Victoria Falls or for a meal out with your new friends.
Certain countries such as South Africa allow most passport holders to obtain a temporary tourist visa free of charge, but other countries such as Tanzania require visitors to pay for their visa on arrival. The Project Visa website is a really good first point of reference to check this.
Keen footballer? Why not organise a local 5 a side football tournament? This can be easily played in your local park, or why not ask your local leisure or 5 a side football centre 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 may be willing to help organise the tournament if you explain the cause! You could charge £25 entry per team, get 8 teams and that’s £200 towards your fundraising effort! 5 a side football its great fun, too! Why not hold a plate competition where people of all ages can play for fun and a bit of friendly competition, and have a cup competition where those more serious players can fight for the title!
Club/band night – why not hold an exciting club or band night at your local venue? Although it can be expensive to hire out a venue for an evening, you can keep other costs down by asking if a local band or DJ would be willing to play free of charge. Social media such as Facebook can be used to advertise the evening, and how about asking universities and bars in the area if you can put up a flyer? Your profit will come from ticket sales, so you could charge £10 per ticket and get 200 people through the door that’s £2000! Take into account expenses such as venue hire and flyer printing, and holding a club or band night could make you up to £1500, covering your project cost or even your flights!
Community fete - Do you live in a village? Then how about holding a traditional village fête. Hold it in your local church or community hall and you won’t even have to pay for a venue! You can charge 50p per person to get in and hold different activities and even stalls to maximize the profit. Face painting for children? A cake sale? Craft table? And why not add a twist with a traditional African food stall for lunch?!
Sponsored marathon - have you 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 trip in advance, then 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, have an incredible achievement and get fit at the same time.
Leg waxing For Men! – 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!
African dinner party – get in the spirit for your time in Africa by holding an African dinner party for your friends and family! Get your guests to pay £20 each and cook a three course African inspired meal.
Set up an online donations page such as Virgin Money Giving (www.virginmoneygiving.com). The page allows you to write a brief overview of what you are fundraising for, as well as giving you a running total of how much you have raised! People can donate online making it easier than ever before!
Make a ‘goal’
Decide from the outset how much you want to try and raise. Figure out how much of your trip you can fund yourself, and use the outstanding amount as your goal. You never know, you may raise a lot more… and if you do, you might like to take it with you as you might like to donate it to a certain part of the community or project work.
Try and make sure you have plenty of time to plan the event/s that you are going to hold. This will ensure that it runs as smoothly as possible, as well as giving you extra time to advertise!
Produce a leaflet explaining what you are volunteering for and why. Keep the leaflets on you at all times and hand them out at every fundraising event you hold! You can include a sponsorship form in each leaflet as well.
Involve the media
Why not write to your local newspaper telling them about your trip. You could ask them to include an article on what you’re doing as well as any details of events that you’re holding you never know, people might read it and decide to donate to your cause.
How we can help
Trying to fundraise? Amanzi Travel are excited to help! Here are some of the ways that Amanzi Travel can help you get your word out…
Facebook is so popular nowadays and is a great way of getting your message across and advertising any fundraising events you have coming up. Why not create a Facebook page just for your trip? Not only can you use it for helping to fundraise before your trip, but why not post status updates during your volunteering to let your friends and family know what you’re doing! ‘Like’ our Amanzi Travel Facebook page and we can help you by ‘sharing’ your statuses and posting links to your online fundraising pages.
‘Like us at https://www.facebook.com/AmanziTravelUK/
Why not set up a Twitter account and ‘tweet’ your fundraising progress! Like your Facebook page, you can also use your Twitter account to let people know how you’re doing when you actually arrive at your project! Amanzi Travel can ‘RT’ your updates to all of our followers, too!Follow us at https://twitter.com/Amanzitravel/
Consider setting up a blog to write about your fundraising. You can write posts about the project you’re volunteering for as well as advertising any upcoming events such as ‘5 a side foot ball tournaments’. You can get your friends and family to subscribe, meaning they’ll get sent any new posts you write. We can link to your blog on our website, and even repost some of your posts on the official Amanzi Travel blog.