I firmly believe that if you are going to offer kids the world, you have to help them get there. Before I booked my first EF tour, I felt strongly, some would even say vehemently, that it was also my duty to make the trip affordable to EVERY kid who wanted to go.
I work in a very affluent district. Most families can afford to pay for trips in one payment—but that doesn’t mean every family can. I never want money to be a reason a kid doesn’t travel. I would even argue that kids who don’t have the money are exactly the kids who need to travel. When else will they have the opportunity to hike Machu Picchu? Or walk on the Great Wall of China?
Just so you understand my mindset . . . I feel it is my duty to fundraise. And (in my opinion) so should you.
Don’t get me wrong, EF makes financing a trip very manageable. Monthly payments, early enrollment incentives, donation pages—they do their part to make travel accessible. But there are some families who still are not in the position to see the possibilities. That’s where fundraising and a little perseverance comes in.
Here’s a few vital fundraising tips to consider before you begin to develop your own fundraising program:
My tenacity has paid off in big ways. So will yours. Be patient, and know that it is a slow process to build a fundraising program that is long-term and sustainable.
Although not all of my travelers participate in fundraising, those who do usually go big. Students who participate are able to pay half (if not more) of their tour cost through fundraising and have been able to travel to Peru, Nicaragua, China, Europe, and Tanzania. These fundraising efforts have helped me establish a scholarship fund, which allows me to provide even more money to students in need.
You may be asking yourself as you prepare for your next trip, ‘Why should I fundraise?’ But you should really be asking yourself, ‘Why wouldn’t I?’
Looking for some ideas to get you started? Check out all of our fundraising tips here.