Hello Gentlemen,

I've recently attempted to embark on a career path in exploration (yes it does still exist, though I wouldn't blame you for thinking me crazy).

I've recently been able to get in contact with a society that offers internships for the career, however one of the stepping stones towards the internship is actually going on an expedition with them. To do this I have to raise (roughly) £4000. Therefore, my question to you is: How in the name of all that is holy can I raise that much money?

Any and all ideas are welcome, but the sooner I have a list the sooner I can start.

Thank you for your time and, in the words of Brett McKay "Stay manly!"

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Check out Kickstarter

I agree - try kickstarter - if there is sufficient value to your donators (blog, perks, postcards, etc.) - it can be a good way. There are other similar services out there as well. 

I think Kickstarter is for Americans only. I could be wrong. 

It could be. The idea has been implemented by other companies as well. And there is no reason he could not use the same idea of social media + benefit/rewards for investors in general on his own. Kickstarter just makes it easy

To be honest I don't know a thing about Kickstarter. . . I know there are some other sites like that and I don't know the names of them. A friend of mine just sent me a link the other day about a company building a programmable guitar pedal. . . with computer programming environment and test through the PC without a code dump to the pedal. I said it looked cool. . . but really I want a programmable processor. There are a lot of good ones, but they are all missing one thing to make it a "box with every effect".

As others have said Kickstarter or other such funding thing.  The trick here is that you need to build an interesting story that people can get behind.  You need to develop an online persona that people will like.  You should have a blog that you post about your adventrues and future plans.  Looking at www.rozsavage.com.  She is an adventure.  If you can key into the right subculture and connect with them AND you look like someone they want to back, you can find backing.

Yes it is a bit of popularity contest but it is a way to get a few thousand to give you a fiver.  

If you are going to have a career as an adventurer/explorer you have to master this aspect of the career to really do well.  So go to word press or some such and start a blog.  Find/make some good photos of you.  Write about what you expect to find or do.  Write about why it is important.  Make us love you enough to give you a fiver.

Best of luck and let me know when you have your website setup & your funding campaign. 

A kickstarter like service is, as others have said, a good bet. You could offer rewards like post cards, expedition notes, photographs, etc depending on the level of backer.

Just to be clear, you have to "raise" or do you have to "pay"?  If raise,try Kickstarter, like the others said.  If pay, take out a small loan.  

What's this expedition all about?  Something exciting I take it?

I have to raise the money (although they also want a £500 deposit that they failed to mention before hand -_-).

They expedition is bound for the empty quarter in Oman. Part of the expedition is about caring for abandoned Leopard cubs but the rest is about desert survival and interaction with the locals (I've been learning Arabic to help with this). So far I've gotten National Geographic to agree to some funding IF I present a compelling argument as to why I deserve funding. Kickstarter was a no go, due to the expedition not qualifying as one of their categories. 

I still back the blog idea.  You may not have kickstarter but if you can blog and get a donate here button you can still do this.

Blog about the Empty Quarter of Oman, link to Nat Geo / Pintrest 

Blog about Leopard Cubs.  

Blog about learning Arabic  each of these aspects are exotic and trendy and interesting.  To be clear expeditions always did this to gain money to do the expeditions.  Inhabit the social meda stream, blog and post to twitter.

You can do it.  

 

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