FUNDING YOUR TRIP
Service trips are more affordable than you may think. You are there to help the community and as part of their enthusiastic welcome and appreciation of our volunteer guests, these communities provide accommodations, food, and activities at very reasonable rates. However, travel is always a big investment and we recognize that you may need to be creative about funding your trip. Here are some ideas you may want to consider:
Birthday / Holiday Gifts
If you have a birthday coming up or a big holiday is right around the corner, tell your family and friends that rather than a present, you would like them to contribute to your trip fund. This is a very popular thing for young people to do, and family members love because then they don't have to try to figure out what to get for you.
Your school may offer financial assistance or scholarships but there are also independent national and regional organizations that will provide funding for students participating in service endeavors such as Go Overseas (all ages), the President's Volunteer Service Award (ages 5+), and the Youth Service America Grants (ages 5-25). A bit of creative research can help you turn up other leads. Contact school administrators or program staff here at Dream Volunteers for more ideas.
FUNDRAISING & CHARITABLE DONATIONS
Friends, colleagues, family, and community members are often very supportive of charitable and service-oriented projects and happy to help support you. Our alumni have also shown remarkable ingenuity with different types of fundraisers including bake sales, lemonade stands, car washes, raffle tickets, performances, talent shows, craft sales, blog and media campaigns, and much, much more. When you tell them what you are up to, you may be surprised -- customers will often contribute much more than the price you've set to support the cause.
Using GoFundMe, Piggybackr or Dream Volunteers' own crowdfunding tool, you can reach out to everyone you know (and everyone they know) to gather support for your trip. We've seen many students fund their entire trip this way.
REWARD TRAVEL & POINTS PROGRAMS
Frequent flyer airline miles are the most common form of reward travel but many other credit card programs offer incentives that can be converted to travel credits, points/miles, or cash that can be used toward your trip.
Typically, DreamVolunteers will arrange flights for the group trip participants so that the group can travel together and these are often on chartered flights to ensure the most competitive pricing, however, alternate arrangements can always be made. Contact us to discuss if you are hoping to use reward travel or points to offset your trip fees.
Create memories together. Bring a friend or family member to join your Dream Volunteers service adventure and we will discount your fees. Bring two friends and receive an additional discount! If you recruit 10 or more friends/school mates, then your trip fee is waived completely. Contact us to learn more.
One of the most common ways to finance your trip is to spread out the investment into manageable payments throughout the months leading up to the trip, allowing for you to save and pay for your trip. We can set up online payments for you at the frequency you determine. Let us know what would work best for you.