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The Trip

American participants/ donors that choose to be part of the ITF projects will support a fundraising campaign for a project in one of our African branches, and when the campaign is successful, they will get an opportunity to travel to the specific country and be part of the project implementation. 
The participants are expected to provide project administrative support alongside their counterparts at the local ITF office and have an option to contribute unskilled and skilled labor alongside projects benefiting community members. 
In case those involved in the fundraising campaign are not available for the trip, the trip is awarded to young people from low-income communities (in the US) with a passion for international community development. 
During the trip, the participant gets to be part of the project setup process, interacts with beneficiaries and enjoys a safari experience in one of the hosting country’s attractions sites.  The trip is meant to expose the participant to a different environment and provide a unique cross-cultural experience that exceeds the normal tourist trip.

Step 2: Onboarding


If the application is accepted.  Meetings are organized to go over expectations, and the project scope in detail.

Step 3: Project Cycle Management Training (PCM) & Work Plan


Covering Introduction to planning and implementation of ITF project. At the end of the training the participant develops a SMART work plan that includes a fundraising budget (if applicable), specific objectives and how to track the progress.

Step 1: Application


The applicant/ group leader key in required basic profile details using Trip application form available at The applicant/ group leader will receive a response within 7 days stating whether the application was accepted or declined.

Step 4: Fundraising


The applicant implements a fundraising plan (if applicable) as set out in the developed work plan. 

Step 5:  Pre-Trip orientation


A detailed trip itinerary orientation, from leaving home to getting back home.  Plus, a what to expect info pack that includes Life at the hosting ITF office, project location-community and the country in general.

Step 6: Travel & Project implementation


As specified in the itinerary, the applicant/group members travel with the ITF volunteer staff, to kick off project activities.

Step 7: Post Trip


The goal is to document the actual impact of the project after a period of at least 6 months but not exceeding 12 months.  The applicant /group chooses one representative to return to the project location for at least one week to participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises and produce an annual project report.

A trip duration, benefits and type are tailored to who is traveling and involved in fundraising. Currently we have four types of trips:

-        Internship-like trip: A 4-to-8-week trip designed for high school, college, and university students when a project is directly sponsored or in partnership with their school. This trip can also be awarded to a young person (or a group of no more than 4) when a project sponsor is not available to travel, or the project is financed by a grant or any other unrestricted financing.

-        Family/Friends Trip: A 1-to-4-week trip designed for family or a group of friends who successfully fundraise for a project.

-        Partner Trip: A 3-to-7-day trip designed for a business or organization that is a financial partner. Generally, we ask all grant donors to send 1 person from their organization for the project launch.

-        Faith inspired trip: A 1-to 4-week trip designed for faith organizations and individuals who successfully fundraise for a project. *ITF is not a religious/faith organization but does work with people from all faith without discrimination for the community development.
The general benefits per trip are below mentioned, for an extensive list of benefits per trip category please contact us:

·        A unique cross-cultural experience, 
·        Do good adventure,
·        Personal & Professional experience in community development project,
·        Experience tourist attractions as a local.

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