There's Something for Everyone

Grants and scholarships are awarded each year for unusual talents or ideas. The Kor Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to encourage those in the field of language study. You can win a $500 scholarship from -- wait for it -- the Klingon Language Institute in Flourtown, Pennsylvania. Yes, the Klingon language as in the Klingons from Star Trek [source: KLI].

Grants to Volunteer Abroad

Many organizations and businesses offer grants for people who want to volunteer abroad. The trick is finding the right group to fund your trip. When applying for a grant, it's important to read all of the fine print. Some grants may have clauses within that require you to write a written report at the end of your journey, participate in media events or send regular updates while you are traveling.

To find grant opportunities, you can search Web sites that cater to international funding [source: UWM]. You can then hone in on grant opportunities by theme, country or the type of work you desire. You can also find multiple grant listings in books at the library or local bookstore.

Once you have found a grant that suits your needs, you need to make sure you are eligible. Some grants may only be for college students while others may only be for those promising to volunteer in specific countries. You can expect to fill out a lengthy application that may include letters of recommendation, a resume, proof of passport and a personal essay [source: InterExchange].

Grants are a wonderful gift, but they may not cover all the costs. Basic volunteering grants can range from $100 to $2,000 or more, but they tend to stay low in numbers [source: UM]. It's a good idea to apply for multiple grants to ensure you can afford your journey.

Now that you have the money figured out, read on to learn about volunteer abroad programs.