Travel grants for youth

Updated April 17, 2017

The United Kingdom has a history of sending young people out into the world for education, cultural and work experience. Travel grants for youth--for volunteering breaks and gap years--are available from several governmental and philanthropic groups. According to World Wide Volunteering, there are at least 1,000 educational trusts in the UK, giving out about £300 million a year. You might qualify for a youth travel grant through one of these organisations.

Raleigh Graduate Bursary Awards

Raleigh International organises volunteering and youth travel expeditions for young people between the ages of 17 and 24. Their graduate bursaries program is co-funded by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. It provides youth travel grants worth two-thirds of the cost of one of Raleigh's 10-week expeditions to places like Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Applicants for the bursaries can be recent graduates or about to graduate, and must be residents in England.


Third Floor

207 Waterloo Road

London SE1 8XD


Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

The Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowships offer British citizens over 18 return and internal travel, daily living costs and local insurance for overseas visits of between four and 12 weeks. You don't need any special qualifications or education, just a passion for your topic and a project proposal that will benefit you and your community or field.

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

29 Great Smith Street

London SW1P 3AZ


Youth in Action

The Youth in Action (YiA) program is an EU initiative that provides youth travel grants for 15- to 18-year olds. The program, which is funded through 2013, supports crossborder European volunteering and exchanges. Another part of the YiA scheme, Youth in the World, sponsors exchanges with Europe's near, non-EU neighbours. In the UK, YiA is administered by The British Council.

Youth in Action

British Council

10 Spring Gardens

London SW1A 2BN


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Ellen Falconetti has written professionally since 1981. Her work has appeared in major newspapers in England and the U.S.A. as well as on a variety of websites and mobile media. Falconetti specializes in travel, lifestyle, telecoms and technology. She has Bachelor of Science in speech and journalism from Syracuse University and a master's degree in creative writing from a British university.