Luncheon: As much food as one’s hand can hold!

7 11 2012

You know the feeling. You’re hungry and you want lunch, fast!

Take advantage of the lunch-time rush by serving up some good eats at a community event in your town!  Whether it be a play festival, local races, holiday events, Farmer’s Markets, etc., you should have a ton of options, especially as the holiday’s are approaching!

Want to get a piece of the action? Serving lunch at a community event is a great way to earn expeditions funds.  Here’s how your team can make some green…

  1. Research upcoming town events.  Your town will undoubtedly have a website where big community events are listed.  Log-on and see what you can find!
  2. Contact the host organization. Contact your town district (or whoever’s running the event) and ask if you can serve lunch.  Explain that you’re earning money towards your World Challenge Expedition, and they’ll undoubtedly be happy to have you.
  3. Decide what you’ll serve. You’ll want to get a good idea of what the space is like where you’ll be setting up.  If there’s an outside area you could set up a grill, but if you’re confined to a room you’ll want to follow Norwell’s example and plan on sandwiches or roll-ups.  Contact a local grocery store to ask for food donations, to help cover your costs.  You can also solicit donations of bottled water and chips, and have a few of your classmates bring home-made baked goods.
  4. Divide and conquer.  Make a list of the different items you’ll need and assign them to different team members.  You’ll need drinks, sandwich components, chips, and dessert, and don’t forget to have someone responsible for asking for donations!
  5. Set up shop.  Organization is key to having a successful lunch fundraiser.  Make sure to arrive with plenty of time to show up, as you’ll want to be ready for the hungry masses!  Make sure you have a station where people pay at the end, with coins and dollar bills to make change.

Did your team run an awesome fundraiser this month?  Let us know, you could be next!


Money Raising: Enlist the Neighborhood

11 05 2012

If you’re a summer away from expedition, you’re probably focused on saving money to prepare!

Spread the word around your neighborhood. Talk about your World Challenge Expedition to everyone you can, because many of your neighbors will be impressed by your goal and willing to help support you. Here are three easy jobs your neighbors may need help with:

1. Babysitting – Go to all of the houses that have young kids and hand out cards with your name, email, and phone number.  Ask them to contact you if they ever need a babysitter (or pet-sitter, or plant-sitter). A few of my neighbors even offered higher rates for that summer since they knew what I was rasing the money for!

2. Yard Sales – If your parents have a garage or basement to empty out, consider asking them if you can organize the yard sale and take some of the profits. Ask any neighbors you know well if they have old baby toys or other items they want sold – if you’re pricing the items, putting up the flyers, organizing newspaper ads, and making the sales, chances are they’ll let you take some of the profits as well!

3. Lawn Care – Talk to any neighbors who might be interested in having their lawn mowed or the landscaped parts watered. I earned $200 taking care of my neighbor’s hedges and potted plants all summer. A teammates family invested in their own lawn mower instead of using a lawncare service. They paid their daughter less to mow the lawn than they had paid the service, the investment quickly became profitable!

I raised over $2000 the summer before expedition through these three activities. Get your name and story out there and you are guaranteed to impress some neighbors who will find jobs for you to take on!


Color Your Teams World!

7 04 2012

Start training and fundraising for expedition, and have a blast with your teammates this summer at The Color Run!

As a team, or as an individual, ask for donations for running the race, that will go towards your World Challenge Expedition and to cover your race fee for the Color Run.

The Color Run!

Tips for Earning Money

  • Write a sponsorship letter (or email us for a template) to tell friends, family members, and local businesses what you’re doing and why it’s important.  Spread the word in-person, on Facebook, and over email (your parents can help too).
  • Set up a donation account.
  • Consider supporting a local charity (give half to a community organization and put the other half towards your expedition).  Check out who the Color Run is already sponsoring by emailing
  • Start NOW

We Got a Dollar, We Got a Dollar, We Got a Dollar, Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey!

6 04 2012

The internet is full of great ways to fundraise for your World Challenge expedition, so why not start with a donations Webpage!

Websites like let you create your own personalized page where you can collect donations. You can add how much money you need to raise, tell your World Challenge story, and allow friends and family to make donations towards your expedition.

Webpages like this are the perfect place to tell your donors why you have chosen to participate in World Challenge, and explain how you plan to meet your goals!

It is also a great tool you can use to collect donations for an event or a group fundraiser like a Polar Plunge or a public Auction.

Be sure to spread the word through social media outlets like twitter, facebook, email or through your own blog. Once your first dollar comes in, you’ll be eager to earn more!

Show Off Your Skills, While Earning For Expedition

9 03 2012

Tutoring Can you knit, play an instrument, speak a foreign language, solve math problems on the fly, throw a perfect curve ball, or do you have another skill or talent that you could teach someone else?

Offer Private Lessons to your community to earn extra money for your World Challenge Expedition!

Want to get a piece of the action? Here’s how to get started:

1. Inform Your Town. Be sure to spread the word around your town about your Private Lessons by sending mass emails, letting your friends and neighbors know, and by making fliers or posters to put around town.  Examples of some information you should include are:

  • What you are offering to teach and help clients with.
  • When you would be available.
  • What age groups you will be willing to work with.
  • Your contact information (an email or a phone number).
  • What you are earning money for (include something about your World Challenge Expedition).

2. Make a Plan.  First, decide what you will teach your clients during each lesson.  See how experienced they are and what they are hoping to learn.  Start off with the basics and make a plan of the different things you will teach as the lessons progress.  Example:  You are holding a private lesson on how to bake goods from scratch.  First find out what your client would like to learn to bake.  Then find an easy recipe, map out instructions you can follow together, come up with a few different techniques you can show them, and create a easy to read document that your client can take away with them.

3. Decide what equipment you need.  Once you make a plan for your lesson, figure out what you need to bring with you.  Remember, your client is paying for this lesson and you should be prepared for it!  Example:  For the baking lesson, make sure you have all of the ingredients and the supplies to make the goods!

4. Price It Right.  Figure out how much you want to charge for an hourly rate or a single lesson rate, and let your client know before the first lesson.  Be sure to factor in any supplies you have to purchase for each lesson.

Don’t forget to wear your World Challenge t-shirts!

Good luck Challengers!  And as always, if your team decides to undertake this fundraising challenge, let us know!

Fundraising Can Be Quick & Easy!

12 01 2012

WOW!  Check out this video of two World Challenge Challengers from the International School of Amsterdam, telling a bunch of adults at the Open Circles Academy about World Challenge, and how they raised €2800 in 10 minutes.


Take the Plunge!

1 12 2011

Dive into adventure!

Take part in a group Polar Plunge (or organize a similar event close to home).

It’s always fun AND it gives you can earn a part of your tuition at the same time!

As an example, check out this from Sturgis High School.  (P.S.  YOU’RE INVITED!)

In 2011 they started the Polar Plunge Tradition and it was a huge success!  Each student raised an average of $600!

Join the Madness:

  • Sign up! Email to request a pledge form.
  • Collect Pledges: If 100 people pledge $5 you’ll have an easy $500!
  • Join Sturgis HS at their event, or organize your own.

All the Details:

  • When:  January 7, 2012
  • Start time: 12:00 p.m.  (Meet at 11:30am at the beach.)
  • End time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Where:  Sandy Neck Beach – Barnstable, Massachusetts Come as a team or on your own.
  • Don’t forget: a bathing suit, towel, warm clothes, and a camera to document the day (obviously)!

Tips for Earning Money

  • Write a sponsorship letter (or email us for a template) to tell friends, family members, and local businesses what you’re doing and why it’s important.  Spread the word in-person, on Facebook, and over email (your parents can help too).
  • Set up a donation account with to make it easy for people to give online.
  • Consider supporting a local charity (give half to a community organization and put the other half towards your expedition).
  • Start NOW

If you want in on the action but it’s too far away, organize your own event and let us know!!

Disclaimer: WC Expeditions will not operate or supervise the event described herein.  Any individual attending the event does so at his or her own risk.  The information provided below is provided as a convenience to you, and WC Expeditions accepts no liability for any damages, injuries or other individual actions related to this event.  Families should be aware that while various teachers from several participating schools may be on-hand help students, there will be no official chaperone or on-site organizer for this event.  Any activities  that students participate in prior to a World Challenge expedition which are not directly monitored and supervised by World Challenge, including any planning, training or other preparation such as fundraising activities and organizational meetings conducted outside the presence of World Challenge personnel shall not be deemed to be part of the World Challenge program.  Neither World Challenge nor any participating teachers or associated school groups will be responsible for the health or safety of participating Challengers.

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