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Funding your trip

Future Leaders Underprivileged Children’s Centre is an ethical, grass roots and non-profit volunteer programme. This means that we welcome volunteers to our centre because we need them, not to make money out of them. It also means that the project we support grew out of a genuine need in the local community, managed by and for people from this community. Finally, it means that once volunteers’ living expenses are covered, any remaining money from volunteer payments is used entirely for the running of the project.

You might want to hold some fundraising events to cover your volunteering fees, especially since most of it is for the running of the centre. There are many ways to fundraise for the centre; you can visit our Fundraising page for ideas.

Some organisations offer sponsorship or grants to volunteers working abroad. They will often help you to cover your flights as well as your in-country expenses. They usually require you to write a proposal about what you hope to achieve at your volunteering placement and what skills you can bring to the project. Your proposal and our project will be checked against application requirements and other applicant’s proposals, so getting a grant you apply for is not guaranteed.

You may find that your University offers grants for students to volunteer abroad, or perhaps you could apply to a local company to get sponsorship to travel abroad. You can find information about grants online; below is a list of some which you might be eligible to apply for as a Future Leaders volunteer.

Example list of grants for volunteering:

Jack Petchey Foundation
Offers individual grants for volunteering for young people (aged 11-25) living in London or Essex. Grants are available for up to £300 and must be applied for at least 3 months before departure.

Christianson Grant
Offers £2,500 - $10,000 grants to US citizens (aged 18-28) volunteering for over 6 months in voluntary programmes.

Hazel’s Footprints
Offers grants to European volunteers. Minimum placement length of 6 months, but 1 year preferred.



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