We believe that learning to locate and raise funds within one's own
community is an essential skill for conservationists. Therefore, we
strongly encourage that students should raise part of the tuition
costs for their expedition. This may seem like an impossible task
but with creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit, it can be done.
Below are two possible ways for you to raise the money to support
your expedition costs:
- Approaching local businesses, speaking at
churches, holding fund raising dinners, organizing an event at your
university, or getting on local television or radio are some
possible ways for you to raise the tuition for an expedition. Work
on your 30 second "elevator pitch", put together a slide show or
use some of the pictures and video from the Ethical Expeditions
site. Make sure to remember why you are going on the expedition and
while fund raising, educate others about the environment and what
they can do to get involved. This is a great way to not only fund
your expedition, but also to spread the word.
Here are two good articles with fundraising tips. The second
article has book recommendations about fund-raising:
1. 10 Ways to Fundraise for Volunteer Travel
2. Beg Borrow or Fundraise
Awards and Scholarshps
- There are a number of other
scholarships you can apply for including:
Brower Youth Award
- This is a highly competitive award "honors
six young people for their outstanding activism and achievements in
the fields of environmental and social justice advocacy."
- This is a cash award for individuals between the ages
of 8-16 who have done creative environmental projects.
3. Youth Venture
- This award
"inspires and invests in teams of young people to design and launch
their own lasting social ventures, enabling them to have this
transformative experience of leading positive social change."
4. Do Something
- Win between $5000 to $100,000 for scholarships or for
your community project.This rewards young people for changing the
5. Gloria Barron
prize for young hero's
- "Each year, the Barron Prize selects
ten winners nationwide. Half of the winners have focused on helping
their communities and fellow beings; half have focused on
protecting the health and sustainability of the environment."
National Geographic Young Explorers Grant
- "Enhancing our
efforts to foster the next generation of researchers, explorers,
and conservationists, National Geographic now provides seed grants
to individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 in the fields we have
a rich history of supporting. Young Explorers grants provide the
opportunity for many recipients to pursue their first experiences
in the field."
8. Inquire at your university, they may have a research or field
study fund for undergraduates.