The cost of a year abroad with Project Trust is met through the fundraising efforts of Project Trust, you and your fellow volunteers. You may have some experience of fundraising, if not, don’t worry. Thousands of volunteers have been in your situation and managed to raise the funds.
We will take you through the basics of fundraising on your selection course. Plus, we will give you a comprehensive fundraising advice pack, and we have a dedicated fundraising support team to help you reach your target. Furthermore, we hold fundraising meetings throughout the UK for you and your parents.
An important part of the selection course is spent learning how to fundraise, where to start, and how to make the most of the support available. Once you have been selected we will send you a comprehensive Fundraising Advice Pack with ideas and information. In addition there is always a member of the fundraising team willing to give you help or advice over the telephone or by email.
When selection courses are over we will arrange a series of fundraising workshops for you and your parents, held at the same time as the parents’ meetings. These will be run by experienced staff members who aim to help you with ideas for fundraising events and offer encouragement. We also cover issues or areas of concern that parents may have about you going abroad.
You will be expected to fund journeys from your home to Oban and back for Selection, Training and Debriefing. Information on how to get the best deal to Oban can be found here. Project Trust pays for the cost of the ferry crossing to Coll.
You will also need to pay for your own visa which could cost up to £250, your medical examination and inoculations, and equip yourself for the year with clothing. You might, for example, have to buy a sleeping bag or rucksack.
Throughout the year you will need some spending money (for your long holidays), around £1,000 would be an average sum, but this can vary depending upon which country you go to. Project Trust does not encourage you to take too much money overseas, this would be unfair on other members of the group and means that you might tend to live and travel at a standard not consistent with your role as a volunteer.
Project Trust is launching a new Access Fund for young people whose circumstances would make it difficult to reach the full fundraising target for departure in 2017/18. This support may be awarded in the form of a discount of up to 50% of the fundraising targets depending on the circumstances of each applicant.
There is also a Selection Bursary available for applicants to attend Selection, which can assist with the Selection Booking fee and travel to the Isle of Coll.
Download our Bursary Policy
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a more information or to request an application.