Jack's Travel Grant - US

1st round of applications is open from 31st of January- 31st of July 2023.

'Our vision is to remove barriers to travel, unlocking ways to make your travel goals happen, reaching places maybe you never thought possible, and taking trips that tell stories'

The travel grant from Jack’s Flight Club is for all accredited college and University students undertaking placements connected to their course. Our aim is to help students achieve the most from their time away and if you can also help the communities you visit, then even better!

If you are undertaking projects that fit into the following categories make sure to apply today for one of our $500 travel grants to help with accommodation, program, and travel costs:

  • Help communities in need
  • Help animals in need
  • Help make a positive impact on the world
  • Allow the student to achieve their full potential

How do I apply?

All applications should be submitted through our form here to be considered and our full Terms & Conditions for entry can be found here

We’re looking for a short 500-word essay. Tell us where you’re planning on going and how studying abroad will help you achieve your ambitions, both academically and personally. If your program has a special focus on the community of your destination, please tell us more about how you will participate in this. Be sure to sign up as a free JFC member here if you’re not already registered.

Once you have submitted your application make sure you share it on your social media stories using  #jackstravelaward

Social media posts should have public sharing options so we can view the post, and be on either Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Tik Tok platforms - other platforms can be considered on special request.

Please keep in mind that, if you are chosen as a winner, you will be requested to make at least 2 updates on this social platform to share your progress on the trip.

When do you start accepting applications?

The first round of applications are open and closes on the 31st of June 2023. Finalists are notified within 2 weeks of the closing of each round of applications.

How will I receive the money?

If you are selected as one of the winners you will receive your $500 to help support your studies via PayPal transfer or wire transfer, as preferred.

Grants will be distributed once details of the international opportunity have been confirmed by the host institution via email.

To help in your travels, the winner of the recipient will also be signed up for 12 months of free JFC premium membership.

Can I submit more than one entry?

No. One entry per person. Per lifetime

Past Grant Recipients

Ella D. - Grant Recipient June 2019

"In July, with the support of Jacks Flight Club, I flew to Dhulikhel in Nepal, a town one hour east of the capital city of Kathmandu to work as a student nurse in the university hospital.   It took me a short while to adjust to my new environment as the hospital facilities were basic and the standards of sanitation were not as high as those back home in the U.K.   The staff, however, were as skilled and dedicated as those within our National Health System and I enjoyed working with them as they were keen to teach and exchange ideas about our different health systems and their relative shortcomings.  I rotated between the orthopaedic, surgical and accident and emergency wards and exposed to some unusual cases;  injuries sustained from sword fights, oxen and electrocution by phone wires to name a few.  I appreciated the hands-on training and being allowed to set up intravenous lines for medications, taking patients' blood and also helping to stitch a patient’s forehead wound. 

During my time off, I explored other areas of Nepal, trekking part of the Annapurna Circuit around the beautiful lakeside town of Pokhara,  visiting the bustling capital city Katmandu and spying wild animals in the National park of Chitwan.

Thank you to Jacks Flight Club for enabling me to travel throughout the wonderful country of Nepal!" - Ella

Meredith W. - Grant Recipient September 2019

"I am currently a first-year student of Development Studies and Arabic at SOAS, and with the help of Jack's Flight Club, will be spending my third year abroad studying at An-Najah University in Nablus, Palestine. Not only will my time there really help me to achieve a deeper understanding and mastery of Arabic language, but will give me a very personal, grounded experience of the conflict in the region, around which I hope to center my career. Living in the West Bank will allow me to witness first-hand the hardships faced by Palestinians under occupation, as well as hear from people on the ground about their hopes and aspirations for their futures. It will also give me the opportunity to go to Israel and talk to Israelis on both sides of the conflict, allowing me to gain a deeper understanding of both perspectives, as well as the requisites for a peace that respects all people living in these lands. 

Thank you to Jack's Flight Club for supporting this year abroad and helping me to gain the lived experience I need to work productively and knowledgeably towards peace and development in the region." - Meredith

Pippa S. - Grant Recipient January 2020

"With the support of Jack’s Flight Club, I will be going to Madagascar in April as part of the Wind-Up Penguin Theatre Company, a charity of professionally trained musicians and actors who take original, wordless children’s shows and workshops involving physical theatre, musical instruments, mime and puppetry to disadvantaged children around the world. In Madagascar, we will be collaborating closely with NGOs who provide primary relief, thus reaching children who have little to no access to live music and theatre. In the first half of our trip, we will be working in the rural schools of the Fianarantsoa region, collaborating with the NGO Feedback Madagascar. We will then head to the country's capital Antananarivo and perform shows in children’s shelters through the NGO Money for Madagascar. Having previously volunteered with Wind-Up Penguin in Brazil during August 2019, I was fortunate enough to witness first-hand the benefits that live music and theatre can have on children and young people: seeing them experience joy and laughter during our shows and to be a part of that positive energy was a huge privilege and an experience I'll never forget! Each community we visited were hugely grateful for our work due to the profound effect our show had on the children and young people in their area. When the opportunity arose to experience another trip with Wind-Up Penguin to Madagascar during April, I immediately agreed as it would be fulfilling my ambition to continue this work and have a profoundly positive effect on the lives of underprivileged Malagasy children and young people.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to Jack’s Flight Club for making this trip to Madagascar possible: without them, I would not be able to continue sharing the magic of live music and theatre to those who need it the most!" - Pippa

Amy D. - Grant Recipient June 2020

"Given the current pandemic, I spent a lot of time worrying that I wouldn’t be able to find a worthwhile placement for my third year abroad and indeed, my plans have changed more times than I can count. One thing I did know however, is that NGOs and social projects have been disproportionately affected by the crisis and many have been forced to shut permanently. After much research, I came across Es Refugi in Palma de Mallorca. They are a charity for the homeless, operating to provide both shelter for around 50 people and 3 meals a day for many more. They rely entirely on donations and volunteers and yet are often operating at total capacity. As well as providing housing and food for disadvantaged individuals, they also help people from a variety of challenging backgrounds get back on their feet and give them a space to undertake their own projects and help to succeed in life. One thing they are really keen for is to get their message out to a wider audience, particularly the young people of Mallorca, to make sure they can continue their brilliant work for years to come. To help with this, I will spend three months overhauling their social media, taking photos for publications, writing press releases and focusing on outreach to source partnerships with local schools and businesses, as well as working hands-on in the kitchen when they need the extra help. I hope that I will be able to use my time to make a tangible difference to the brilliant work that Es Refugi already does.

This opportunity is simply something that I would not have been able to consider without the help of Jack’s Flight Club, especially Lauren’s guidance. I really am truly grateful for the grant, which will allow me to throw myself wholeheartedly into my work, as well as to experience a taste of Mallorcan life." - Amy

Jasmine B. - Grant Recipient January 2021

"With the amazing support of Jack's Flight Club, I am excited to embark on my trip to Peru with The GREEN Program later this year. During this trip, I will be flying to Cusco, studying at the local university Universidad San Igancio de Loyola, and working with a local community to create more sustainable water systems. My time in Peru will additionally help me achieve a deeper understanding of the problems faced by rural communities and how the Western appetite of certain crops affects their water supply. In my down time on the trip, I will be hiking Machu Picchu as well as exploring the ancient ruins. Currently, I am a second-year civil engineer at University of Warwick so taking part in this trip will enhance my understanding of water resource management and provide me with knowledge for my final year project.

I want to thank the generosity of Jack's Flight Club for allowing me to participate in this life-changing trip and learn more about sustainability from a global perspective. This trip has the ability to help so many while tackling the ever-increasing issue of climate change." - Jasmine

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