6/ Fundraising and costs
How much will it cost?
That depends on where you decide to go and what method of transport you decide to use.
Please see the following charts below for the South African and Rwandan Volunteer programme costs.
Notes: Costs based on 21-90 day visit. Conversion based on 12 ZAR to 1 GBP; 7.5 ZAR to 1 USD, rounded to the nearest whole number.
Costs do not include airfare, travel insurance, food or incidentals. We suggest volunteers plan to spend £25 - £30 ($40 - $45) per week for food costs. Costs do not include workshop materials based on the variety of workshop materials requested by volunteers. We suggest volunteers fundraise costs of £30 - £50 ($45 - $80) per week to spend on art equipment and supplies for their workshops. Groups of 2 volunteers selecting the bicycle option will get a reduced once-off fee for airport transfers; costs will be quoted on request.
For Groups of 3 volunteers or more, we require hire of a car. Costs will be quoted on request and the cost of a rental will be shared amongst the costs for each individual.In the past, most volunteers have hired a car and found that it enabled them to tour adjacent areas on weekends. However, we do suggest bicycles as a valid option because the distances to schools and the nearby towns and shops are safe and reasonable and because bicycles offer our volunteers a more “local” experience.
Notes: Costs based on 21-90 day visit. Conversion based on 951.RWF to 1 GBP; 605 RWF to 1 USD, rounded to the nearest whole number. Costs do not include airfare, travel insurance, food or incidentals. We suggest volunteers plan to spend £25 - £30 ($40 - $45) per week for food costs.
Costs do not include workshop materials based on the variety of workshop materials requested by volunteers. We suggest volunteers fundraise costs of £30 - £50 ($45 - $80) per week to spend on art equipment and supplies for their workshops
Please note: Dramatic Need does not take a fee, or make a profit from this charge –
it is only to cover a volunteer’s expenses on the programme. Here are just a few fundraising ideas:
Organise a play, performance or exhibit with all ticket sales going to your fundraising effort. Make sure you sell refreshments at a decent mark-up, and get your school, theatre or exhibition venue to provide the space for free.
Hold an auction of photographs or artworks donated by friends.
Organise a benefit night in a pub or club, with takings on the door going to your fundraising.
Organise a poker match with bets and entry fee going to your fundraising.
Write to extended family and friends of your family directly to ask for funding. Explain what you are doing and why and offer to send them a dedicated weekly newsletter of your progress in Africa, just for ‘subscribers’ to make them feel as though they’re really involved. Don’t be embarrassed to ask – this is one of the most effective ways to raise funds.
Design and sell t-shirts, set up a chocolate fountain at your local farmer’s market, host an enormous tea party and have friends bake cakes to sell, auction off a section of string that you plan to stretch from Jo’burg to Bloemfontein, make a film with your camera phone and sell tickets to the premiere.
Host a barn dance with a raffle, open a coconut shy, drag a cappuccino maker into the middle of a campus, hold a knitting circle, sell popcorn at the beach, host a film night in your backyard and sell tickets.
Do a sponsored act of endurance: run a half-marathon, walk from London to Brighton, run naked across the Brooklyn Bridge, shave your head, Drive the Mongol Rally, sit a bath of peanut butter and jelly for twenty-four hours. You’re an artist – get creative!
If you are volunteering from the UK, we recommend setting up a Just Giving fundraising page to help friends and family donate towards your volunteer costs*.
If you're still stuck for ideas on how you can raise money, please do contact us. We're more than happy to help work through some possibilities. We are here to support you!
What Dramatic Need covers: Public liability insurance, model syllabus, information packs, volunteer T-shirts, administration costs, ground support, risk assessment.
What the volunteer covers: Flights, volunteer fee, car hire costs, personal travel insurance and any sightseeing within South Africa/Rwanda.