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Earning it

We understand every family’s financial situation is different. We encourage students to engage in earning a proportion of the cost of their expedition fee because the best things in life aren’t free. Earning it is part of the satisfaction you’ll feel when you finally get on expedition. It also teaches some powerful, lifelong lessons about money management; the value of money and how to budget.

We regularly meet students who have earned every single penny themselves, including additional spending money and their own kit and vaccinations. So we know you can do this. The journey begins when you sign up and you’ll usually have 9-12 months to get a plan set up. Break it down. Keep it regular. Play to your strengths.

It’s a team effort – earning your expedition fee will force you to create networks, articulate your case, be bold and ask for help and demand a commitment from you. And when you’re sat watching that first sunset, somewhere deep down, you’ll be immensely proud. You got yourself there. We’re here to help you do it because we know you can and we’ve got thousands of Challengers worth of how to guides, top tips and case studies to share.

*If you are residing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) please remember there are very strict rules governing fundraising. You are prohibited from collecting donations or advertising fund-raising campaigns without prior approval from the authorities. We are not a registered charity so if you want to earn money, make sure you stay within the law.

83% of our students raise the expedition fee themselves

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Can’t tell you how you’ll do it but we’ve got thousands of Challengers worth of top tips to share.

Part time jobs

Meet Jessica


  • €3,120 part time job
  • €260 Garage sale
  • €250 Babysitting
  • €320 family and friends
“I did a bit of everything and it added up. The key for me was keeping it bitesize and regular so it didn’t interrupt my studies. I felt a huge sense of independence.”
Jessica, Challenger

Be creative

Meet Michaela


  • R7,500 sponsored pancake making
  • R8,000 theatre event
  • R2,000 sponsored 15km walk
  • R12,000 cheese & wine evening
  • R2,500 bake sale
  • R12,000 Sponsorships from friends & family
“Fundraising for my expedition took perseverance and resilience. I felt a huge sense of independence and pride.”
Michaela, Challenger

Team Events

Meet Oli


  • ₹40 per burger
  • ₹30 per sausage
  • ₹20 profit on each
  • Held 5+ Braais
  • Sold nearly 2,000 food items
  • Also sold drinks at ₹10 profit
“We all love a braai and I was pretty good at it anyway. I’m surprised how supportive people were. They could see how much I wanted it and they saw how hard I was working. You learn how to put yourself out there.”
Oli, Challenger

Fundraising Tools

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Jump start it. Thousands of students have done this before you, read up on their fundraising experience and use the resources to get you going
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