Overseas school trips are amazing, life changing and fun experiences – but they are expensive, too.
The price is always an important consideration for students and their families when deciding whether to participate in an educational tour. This is where fundraising can help. The final amount can either be used to reduce the overall cost per traveller, or to allow students who wouldn’t be able to afford the trip to participate.
Now, the million dollar question: How do you get started on fundraising?
Well, there are a lot of fantastic ways and creative ideas. We want to present you with some ways to raise funds AND get your students excited about their overseas school trip.
You don’t need to reinvent the wheel when finding ways to fund your overseas school trip.
A good old bake sale, car wash event or a garage sale are methods that will never die. Ask your student’s families to bring a cake or an item they don’t need any more and invite all parents to a fantastic fundraising event. Make it a travel-themed afternoon or name it after the destination you’re travelling to.
In 2015, it was estimated that worldwide over US$34 billion was raised by crowdfunding. There are many platforms that offer individuals to start a crowdfunding campaign, for example GoFundMe. Signing up is free, and you can ask your students to spread the word within their families. Even if an individual is only able to give $5-10, the donations of the ‘crowd’ will make a huge difference!
This can be either incorporated in your ‘old-school fundraising event’ or be held at a separate event (maybe the school’s Christmas Party or a school dance?). Ask companies to donate a prize and sell raffle tickets. Approach companies in your school’s neighbourhood and invite them to the event – they’ll probably appreciate the audience. Also, ask any students whose parents run businesses to contribute. If you organise your trip through a school travel company, you could ask them to sponsor the ‘grand prize’, for example flight tickets.
Does your school have one or more social media accounts? If so, there is huge potential to reach a big audience. Whether you promote your crowdfunding campaign or your event, social media can be extremely powerful.
This is a really fun way to get the whole school involved. Ask your students what would be a hilarious / silly thing for your principal or other teachers to do. Approach your colleagues (or let your students do this task) and promote it throughout the school. For example, you can say: ‘if every class raises $100, our principal will get pied in the face’. Who wouldn’t want to see that? You, as a teacher, could offer a similar event that would get all your students excited.
We hope we were able to give you a few ideas to fund your next overseas school trip. If you need any assistance for your next tour, please get in touch with us at any time.