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How To Volunteer Abroad For Free

Discover how to volunteer abroad for free

They say the best things in life are free (and we agree). We say volunteering abroad is one of the best things you’ll do in your life (and our volunteers agree). So we set ourselves the challenge of coming up with how to volunteer abroad for free!

With all types of overseas travel, there are costs involved (flights, travel insurance, vaccinations, transportation, accommodation, meals etc) and the reality is that these costs carry across to volunteer travel too!

The upside is that IVHQ offers the world's most affordable volunteer programs in over 30 different destinations (including Bali, Costa Rica, Fiji, Kenya and Italy) and there are many tried and tested ways that you can come up with the funds (even if you have no existing funds) to essentially enable you to volunteer abroad for free! 

How to volunteer abroad for free with IVHQ

To share how to volunteer abroad for free, we've come up with these tops tips with the help of our IVHQ volunteers...

Trade Presents For Donations

If a birthday, anniversary or Christmas is looming and gift-giving is on the agenda, ask your loved ones to substitute your presents for monetary donations that you can use to put towards your upcoming volunteer abroad trip! This is arguably the easiest way to get you on your way to volunteer abroad for free! 

Convert Clothes To Cash

Turning old clothes or unused household items into cash can also get you on your way to volunteer abroad for free! Set a date for a garage sale, host a silent auction, strike up a deal with your friends, run a Facebook auction, list your items on eBay or Craigslist… The options are endless! IVHQ volunteer, Julie Gowan, collected all the clothing items she no longer needed and sold them for $5 a piece to her friends, so they got a real bargain and Julie made hundreds of dollars for items she no longer wanted – win win!

Crowd Fund With Fund & Seek

Together, our IVHQ volunteers have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars via Fund & Seek, allowing them volunteer abroad for free and raise funds to support their volunteer placements! Simply setting up a fundraising page on Fund & Seek and sharing your mission with your friends and family via email, social media or word of mouth, can help reach your fundraising goals!

Fill Your Bank With Empties

Many IVHQ volunteers take advantage of the opportunity to trade in their empties (or others’ empties) for cash! IVHQ volunteer, Kaila Cochrane, made around $800 from collecting empty beer cans and wine bottles! Her advice is to hand out flyers in your local neighborhood and organize a pick-up date. Kaila also recommends picking a date after a holiday weekend when your neighbors will have plenty of empties to spare!

Plan A Profitable Party

If throwing a party and raising money to help you volunteer abroad for free sounds like a sweet combo, you’ve come to the right tip! Whether you’re selling tickets for a dinner party, movie night, dress-up party, or quiz night, you can use the money from the ticket sales to purchase the ingredients/elements for a top night and put the profits towards helping you volunteer abroad for free! IVHQ volunteer, Larissa Rodrigues, hosted an English tea party/dessert night and invited all her friends (and their friends). Larissa baked lots of treats, organised old fashioned games, and asked her guests to contribute $10 towards the night, rather than bringing anything! 

How to volunteer abroad for free tips

For more fundraising tips to help you volunteer abroad for free, visit our Volunteer Fundraising Tips page.

To discover the adventures waiting for you with IVHQ, tune in this video of our volunteers abroad, or check out our awesome range of affordable volunteer abroad programs!

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