Replies: 3 - Last Post: Sep 23, 2012 10:30 AM Last Post By: nrclibn
Sep 21, 2012 6:22 AM
My name is Derrick and I am a novice traveler. Deprived of the world around me as I have never left the East Coast of the United States, I'm looking forward to slightly ending this ignorance by taking a two week trip to Iceland with my friend - who of course has seen a good portion of the world. Yes, it's only two weeks due to our jobs, but it's better than nothing.
I'm 22 years old - my friend, 21. Neither of us are in college.
Is it a possibility that we can obtain a sponsorship being that we have never gone to college? From what I've researched, some post-graduates and current college students seem to be able to obtain such sponsorships; however I'm curious as to know if these programs are biased against people that have never received some sort of college education. The world should be able to be viewed not just by a college student, but by us non-college-educated folk as well.
I understand that a sponsorship would not fund the whole entire trip; we're okay with that. And I'm sure we can conjure an idea that can maybe help us get one.
I was wondering if there are any great website suggestions in which we could apply for the type of sponsorship I am requesting? Or do you have any other suggestions on how to approach getting a sponsorship?
Thank you so much,
Sep 22, 2012 5:34 AM
Sep 22, 2012 3:24 PM
2Perhaps I'm missing something, but are you looking for someone to pay for your holiday in Iceland? What sort of sponsorships are you talking about?
Organizations that offer sponsorships generally expect something in return. What do you have to offer?
Sep 23, 2012 10:30 AM
3Derrick, here in the U.S. sponsorships, scholarships, etc. are given to fund a specified activity.
If you can find an American running a research project in Iceland, you might be able to get funding to work for them as a research assistant. But you would probably be working 40+ hours per week on the project. Nobody would hire a research assistant to spend 2 weeks gallivanting around Iceland and whooping it up. That's something you do AFTER the project, IF you have been able to save enough money for personal expenses.
There might be short-term Icelandic study programs, organized by U.S. universities, that offer scholarships. But these will require a commitment on your part to do academic work within the program. Sometimes you need to abide by a code of conduct...again, not really compatible with doing your own thing and partying. And an academic scholarship is designed so it provides minimal funds for personal travel.
Best option for you is to work and save madly so you can fund your own travel. Once you have enough saved, you can see if a youth travel company like STA Travel offers any discounts or deals on airfare, etc.
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