To travel is a luxury.
The 2016 Ohio Wesleyan University trip to Ciego de Avila included 8 college students and 2 faculty members, none of whom were rolling in cash to be used on a (roughly) $2000 Spring Break service trip. Here’s what we did to fund our trip (Feel free to use them for your own causes!) :
- 60/40 Raffle at a men’s basketball game
- Bake sale in our university’s late night library room
- Participated in the Chipotle fundraising program and ran shuttles from campus to the store
- Individual letter writing to friends, churches, and relatives
For many service trip groups, this would be enough.
Our group was still many thousands of dollars short from our financial commitment due to an expensive initial cost and a few surprise costs. After a health emergency and a rejected grant application, our staff leaders called the group together to discuss postponing the Cuba Immersion trip until the next year, despite half the team being unable to attend the next year for various reasons.
Here’s the reason myself and seven classmates were able to go on an inspiring and incredibly educational nine day trip to Ciego de Avila, Cuba: generosity. By getting the word out to alumni and influential people in the university’s administration, thousands of dollars were donated to an unassuming group of college students with the understanding that we would share what we learned when we returned. It was extremely unexpected. The news that our planning was going to play out rendered us speechless.
When you donated to my team of aspiring world changers, you didn’t just donate to our finances. You donated to our confidence, showing us that this trip was worth the time and money that we poured into it. You showed me that my wish to travel was valid and worth the energy I pour into it. You proved that our personal interests were strong enough to put into action by visiting a place that demonstrated them perfectly. We, the Cuba Immersion team from Ohio Wesleyan University 2016, cannot thank you enough.