Student trips are fun, engaging, and educational ways for kids and teens to learn a variety of things in a real-world setting. Not only are student trips informative and educational, but they are an excellent way for students to socialize and create core memories that will last them a lifetime. 

The only downside of student trips is the expense. To ensure no kid misses out on such a great opportunity, we’ve put together some of the best ways students can fundraise to cover all or most of their trip expenses. 

1. Crowdfunding Campaign

Thanks to social media and the internet, crowdfunding has become a popular way for people to raise money for just about any reason. Students can set up their own crowdfunding campaign to raise money individually, or whoever is in charge of the trip can create one large crowdfunding campaign for everyone. GoFundMe is the most well-known crowdfunding site, but remember to share and promote your fundraiser on social media as well to spread the word. 

NationsClassroom also offers an option to donate directly for tour trips using our Gift of Learning form; you’ll get a link to this from your student travel expert when you book a trip!

2. Write Letters Asking for Donations

The art of writing letters has been lost on younger generations, but there is something that feels so special and personal about receiving a handwritten letter. For this reason, letter writing is a great way to reach out and connect with friends and loved ones to ask for donations for a school trip. 

Don’t just write and simply ask for money — make it personal. Share with the person you are writing to what going on the trip would mean for you, and talk to them about what you hope to learn and experience on your trip. 

Also, please address the recipient by their first name to personalize the message and thank them in advance for their generosity. 

3. Hold a Used Book Sale

We’ll bet you or someone you know likely has some old books lying around that they don’t plan to read anymore. If so, gather as many used books as you can and hold a used book sale to raise money for the trip. 

You could even partner with local businesses like a coffee shop to host the sale inside or in front of their business. Who doesn’t love a hot coffee and a good book to read? 

4. Organize a 5K to Raise Money

Walkathons or marathons are an excellent way to raise money for a good cause while promoting health and exercise. Just make sure you’ve got a safe location to organize and plan it during a time of year when the weather will be mild. 

You can even design t-shirts and other merchandise like water bottles or lanyards for the run to help you raise some extra money. You can also have people donate a set amount for the entire run or ask people to pledge amounts based on how many miles you run or walk in a certain amount of time. 

5. Sell Tickets for a Talent Show

Talent shows are already a common event at many schools, so why not turn one into a fundraiser for your student trip? The ticket proceeds can go toward the entire trip fund and be shared equally among the students so no one feels left out. 

6. Host a Craft Sale

Try letting out your inner Picaso and raise money by hosting an arts and crafts sale. The possibilities for what students and even teachers can make are endless. You can even ask friends and family to contribute their crafts for the sale if they are interested. 

Here are just a few ideas for what you could make and sell:

  • Knitted goods
  • Paintings
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Handmade cards
  • Jewelry

If you host the sale during the holidays, you can make things like handmade ornaments, Christmas cards, candles, and decorations. You can even charge a gift wrapping fee to wrap everything up for the buyer to raise extra money. 

7. Host a Fundraising Car Wash

This fundraising idea is a popular go-to for kids and teens to raise money, and it’s always a hit and tends to bring in a lot of money. Car washes are so popular because they are easy to set up and organize and they always produce plenty of customers. As soon as the weather is nice, you can host a weekend car wash or hold multiple car washes to increase your opportunity to raise more money. 

8. Collect Donations for a Neighborhood Clean-Up

Neighborhood clean-ups are a great way to get involved in the community, do something good for the environment, and raise money for a good cause. You can go door-to-door in the neighborhood to collect donations for the clean-up, or you can collect recyclable items and take them to local depots in exchange for money (if that’s an option in your area). 

Remember to thank people for their generosity and provide some information about why you are collecting money so they know their donation is going toward a good cause. 

9. Hold a Rummage Sale

Similar to the used book sale idea, a rummage sale is another way to raise money by selling gently used, secondhand items. Ask all your friends, family, and neighbors for donations to the sale. Possible contributions include clothes, toys, DVDs, games, record albums, electronics, jewelry, shoes, home goods, and even furniture. 

10. Throw a Fundraising Carnival

Who doesn’t love a good festival or local carnival? There are numerous ways you can collect money at these kinds of events, including:

  • Ticket sales
  • Game booths
  • Face painting and temporary tattoos
  • Food and drink booths
  • Raffle items
  • Mazes and funhouses

You can also sell fun items like balloons and glow necklaces to people walking around the festival. Just make sure you promote the festival before it happens to raise awareness and post plenty of signs explaining what the proceeds will go toward. 

These are just a few of the many different ways you can raise money for your student trip. If you are a teacher or some other adult involved in the planning process, contact one of NationsClassroom Tours’ Student Travel Experts today so we can help you plan a memorable, one-of-a-kind trip for your students.