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Fundraising Ideas for the Summer Study Program

Studying in Germany is an investment, and there are many ways to help raise funds to offset some of the costs. Here are some ideas to get you started.

German-American organizations. Look no further than your local German-American heritage group for possible funds to support your trip to Germany. It's best to call rather than e-mail, and you can sometimes find scholarships available right on the group's website.

Rotary Club scholarships. Rotary is an international club with chapters across the US dedicated to community service and improvement. Your parent/guardian does not need to be a member of Rotary for you to qualify for their scholarships for international travel. Contact your local club for more information on their offerings.

Online crowdfunding sites. It takes just a few minutes to set up an online fundraiser thorugh GoFundMe or fundmytravel, which you can then share with your relatives and anyone you know who may be interested in helping support your study in Germany. The online platform makes it very easy for your supporters to donate and for you to keep track of your progress. Find out more on the GoFundMe and fundmytravel websites.

Volunteer for concession stand sales. Local amateur athletic teams and even some semi-pro teams for sports like baseball, hockey, basketball, and football will offer student volunteers a cut of the profits from selling concessions at a game. Contact your local parks and recreation department and local sports teams directly for more information.

Use your talents in your neighborhood. If you are artistic or crafty, consider selling your items with help from your parents locally or on a site like Etsy. Good with tech or computers? Reach out to your local library or contact your local newspaper to advertise your technical skill to anyone looking for help. If you're handy outdoors, you can also advertise to help your neighbors with yard and housework like mowing or watering their lawn, walking their dogs, babysitting, or cleaning their house. Be sure to let all of your customers know that you're working to fund your study in Germany.

Contact your network the old-fashioned way. Sometimes a personalized, handwritten message on paper can be more effective than an online campaign. Send a letter or card to let your relatives, acquaintances, friends, and teachers know you plan to study abroad in Germany this summer. Include lots of details about your interest in Germany, what the trip means to you, and what you hope to gain. Ask for a specific amount, as even small amounts from a few people can add up.

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