Whether you have your Humanitarian Experience (Humanitarian XP) trip scheduled or you’re planning ahead for next year, before you know it, you’ll be boarding the plane and heading to your best adventure yet. Finding ways to pay for your trip is an important part of preparing to leave, and it’s easiest if you make a plan and get started early.
We’ve picked out some ideas to help you get started, so let’s gooooooooo!!
How to Pay for Your Trip
Builders typically pay for Humanitarian XP trips in the following ways:
- 1. Let your inner entrepreneur shine and find ways to pay your own way. We’ve listed a few of the cool ideas that Builders have come up with over the years to fund their trips below. If you already have a part-time job, start setting aside money from your paycheck now! Even if you only contribute a portion of the trip cost, you will feel more invested in your experience.
- 2. Fundraise, fundraise, fundraise! Invite your friends, neighbors, extended family, local businesses, and anyone else around you to partner with your service by making donations. This is a great way to share the blessings of service. A lot of companies make matching gifts for their employees that do service, so don’t forget to check with your job and your parents’ jobs.
Your Builder Portal checklist has a donation link, unique to your account, which will enable donors to make payments to Humanitarian Experience on your behalf. Donations made in this way will be towards your trip. They won’t need anything other than the link to donate, so you can send it to anyone who may want to help you! Make sure your donors understand that the IRS will not allow Humanitarian Experience to refund donations if your trip is canceled or you can’t go for any other reason.
3. Ask your parents to help you pay for the trip (followed by LOTS of “thank you”s). Some parents gift these experiences to their Builders and wow, what a special gift! Remember their input while you’re having the time of your life on your trip and consider writing them a special letter to show your gratitude.
Builders are getting more creative every year with fundraising efforts, and we wanted to share some fun ideas! One year, a Builder paid for her entire trip by selling jars of homemade salsa. Another Builder started making and selling digital artwork, and not only paid for her trip but eventually turned it into a small business! No matter what you choose to do, people will be excited to support you. Here are more Humanitarian XP fundraising ideas:
- Set up a subscription service in your neighborhood for services you offer/items you sell
- Organize a concert with local musicians and sell tickets for entry
- Bake and sell FHE treats like cookies, bread, or cinnamon rolls on Mondays
- Offer a holiday gift-wrapping service out of your house for Christmas gifts
- Mow lawns, rake leaves, shovel snow, clean gutters, or take out the trash every week
- Make bracelets, scrunchies, or other accessories
- Start an online boutique using low-cost, imported items
- Volunteer babysitting services
- List old clothes on Poshmark or Instagram, or offer to do it for others
- Start a house cleaning business
- Install Christmas lights around your neighborhood
- Prepare and deliver holiday treats (birthday cakes, Christmas cookies, Valentine’s chocolates, etc.)
- Get an after-school job
- Decorate festive porches in your neighborhood for various seasons
As you can see, there are countless ways to pay for your Humanitarian XP trip, so hopefully, this list gets your creative juices flowing! If you decide to fundraise for your trip, be sure to post it on social media and tag us so we can feature your efforts.