Post # 1
A friend of mine is wanting to do a 40 day field study in Ghana. Sounds like the chance of a lifetime!!! One problem – it costs about $7000 CDN to go 🙁 She’s an unemployed student and obviously needs to raise some money to cover the cost of the trip.
I’ve been trying to come up with some ideas on how she can raise money to help her do so, but I’m fresh out, so I’ve come to the hive for more ideas!!
Does anyone have any fresh, innovative thoughts on how a determined young lady can raise money – legally? (lol)
Thanks so much for your thoughts!
Post # 4
My Fiance raised money by selling cups of free trade coffee outside of his school (he went to go see the pope in germany in high school). I think he raised about $7000 bucks.
Post # 5
I don’t know how the foreclosure/real estate market is in your area, but I know several people that have gotten gigs cleaning out foreclosed homes. It’s not glamorous, but its $ in your pocket, same day!
Offer to run errands for people for small fee
Post # 6
There must be associations she can apply to for a grant?
Post # 7
I’m assuming she has checked out normal options, like temp agencies, etc. Does she have stuff she could sell on ebay or craigslist? Or some sort of service she could do – babysitting, makeup artist, hair stylist, lawn mowing/snow shoveling, seamstress, pet sitting, dog walker, etc? Is she crafty – could she start a shop on etsy? What about donating (read: selling) plasma? Has she looked for seasonal employment, now that the holidays are upon us? With finals approaching, would it be feasible for her to offer up her copy editing services for term papers?
That’s all I can come up with for now. Hopefully others will have suggestions, too!
Post # 8
@tranquility: That’s a new idea!! I will suggest that to her.
@gabrielleelise1981: The foreclosure thing is an interesting idea, but our housing market in western Canada is still quite strong so unfortunately I don’t think that will work, but definitely a good idea!!
@plantains: I will ask her about that!
@redherring: Thanks for all your suggestions I will definitely pass those on to her!
Post # 9
Carwash? bake sale/fundraiser for her? ( not sure how fundraisers work). Recycle. I read a store about a couple who paid for their wedding by recycling cans. They got can donations from business’s (mostly form them) and used the money to pay for their wedding.
Post # 10
@Leche4evr: wow, maybe I should start collecting cans to raise money for the wedding!!! That’s crazy, but I bet it was time consuming! Thanks for you ideas!
Post # 11
@Leche4evr: Go to pro sport games and concerts and collect from the tail gaters. You wont believe how much you can get!
Post # 12
We did bottle drives in highschool… we raised a couple of thousand dollars, and it didnt make people feel like they had to give monetary donations in a time when finances are tough… If you do… hit up bars after big holidays superbowl, NYE, St. patty’s day etc. Good luck
If I remember correctly, we only went out maybe once or twice a week for a few hours after school… not too time consuming