SOS encourages fundraising as a way to lower the cost of the trip while communicating to others what it is you’ll be doing while abroad. We are a national charity, so unlike other volunteer organizations, you can fundraise (and collect tax receipts) for all but your $300 non-refundable deposit! All trip fundraising must be received by head office at least 60 days before the trip start date.
Once you confirm your participation on the Outreach Trip, you’ll be given access to a SOS Fundraising Profile. Your profile takes only 5 minutes to create and you can share it with all your friends who can donate directly to your trip. The best part? SOS does not take any percentage of your donations! So all the money your friends and family want to give to you, goes straight to YOU. Tax receipts are available.
All trip fundraising must be received by head office at least 60 days before the trip start date.
It is the responsibility of the trip participant to ensure that their payments are received by head office on or before the dates listed below. Amounts due for the second payment depend on the trip, but will be clearly outlined on your portal page. Missed deadlines will result in an administrative fee of $25 for late second payments, and $50 for late final payments, which will be applied to your account unless you notify head office to make alternate arrangements.
In order to join an outreach trip, participants are required to pay a $300 deposit to secure their spot on the trip. This deposit is both NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TAX DEDUCTIBLE in all circumstances.
Once you pay this deposit, we’ll issue you a travel and medical insurance package so that you’re covered instantly in case of cancellation or interruption. Participants are responsible for submitting their personal information to us along with the deposit in order to ensure timely coverage. In addition, it’s vital that you read the policy information thoroughly before the trip!
If you must cancel your SOS outreach trip, all claims for refunds must be made through the insurance company, as SOS is unable to issue any refunds for contributions made. Trip insurance policies are purchased upon receiving the $300 deposit, provided that you also submit the personal information necessary to make the purchase.
If you cancel 90 days or more before your trip
If you cancel your trip more than 90 days before the start date, you are able to transfer all donations collected towards another trip run by SOS within the same calendar year. It is the responsibility of the trip participant to contact SOS Head Office and notify us if this is the route they would like to take.
Cancellations: 90 days or less before trip
If you cancel your trip less than 90 days before the start date, all donations are non-transferrable. At this point, payments associated with your name have been made and are non-refundable. All refund claims must be processed through insurance at this point.