ICS Fundraising Costs
Nobody likes talking about money, but we’ve got some great news. The UK Government provides 90% of the funding for Balloon ICS. This means that the cost of your training, flights, visas, travel and medical insurance, vaccines, food and accommodation will all be covered.
The remaining 10% comes from volunteer funding.
What does this mean for you?
We’ll ask you to do some fundraising before you go overseas. You’ll have a target, which is usually £800. Don’t worry if you have never done any fundraising before, we’ll give you lots of ideas and top tips, and support you throughout your activity.
It’s a great way to learn new skills. It helps to spread the word about ICS and the work you’ll be doing with Balloon, and it shows us that you’re committed to the programme and your placement overseas.
Most of all – we know it’s achievable. So far, ICS volunteers have raised over £5 million together, through activities as diverse as bake sales to boot sales, chest waxing to cheese tastings.
Really? No Costs?
Balloon ICS is open to everyone, regardless of their background, and we never want anyone to feel that they can’t join the programme because they can’t afford it.
The only costs that you will have are for your personal belongings. We encourage volunteers not to bring lots of spending money with them, as it can be distracting and create divisions in the teams.