Have you ever dreamed of leaving the hustle and bustle behind, and doing a volunteer mission abroad but you don’t know where to start?
Keep calm and stay positive. Of course money makes the world go round and so you need to have your finances in order if you want to organize a trip abroad but saving up the money is no easy task! To help make this project feasible, we have prepared some tips to help put some money to the side…
Take note of our practical tips:
1. Prepare your budget and saving plan: Finding volunteer work that will pay for your flights, accomodation and other living expenses is rare so you will need what you costs will be. But how do I plan this all out you ask? Start by planning a minimum budget and a plan to save enough money to be able to pay for everything without forgetting eventual visa fees, plane tickets, unexpected taxes, transport costs, transport and last but not least, travel insurance. Everything is dependent on your destination! And if you can’t find reliable information on costs, then make sure to ask the organization with which you’ll be volunteering as well as contacting volunteers who have already been by ging on forums.
2. The little details make a big difference: Now that you know what you need to do to save up, every little bit you save will make a difference! Things like going out for drinks less or taking your bicycle instead of your car or bus will really help you save. And if you ever feel too lazy to cycle, just think that cycling around not only helps you achieve your savings goal but it also helps to save the planet!
3. Rent a spare room: If you happen to have a room to spare and you still haven’t reached your savings target, then why not rent out that room on the housing platform badi. It’s a win win! And you never know, you’re new flatmate might also buy into the idea of doing volunteer work and go with you ✈.
4. Work full or part time! The best way to reach your savings goal is to get a job, but if that’s easier said than done then why not look for a job on a platform such as Studentjob. This webpage offers practical information for students on getting in touch with companies to find a job that they can combine with their tight schedule. And if they want, they can even look for a job abroad!
We hope these little tips will help you to reach your savings goal so that you can go on your volunteer mission! If you are a veteran volunteer and think you could add some practical pointers then feel free to leave a comment!