Funding your Outward Bound Course

If you're thinking of taking advantage of our payment scheme or considering the fundraising route, contact us on 0800 688 927 or email We'll be in touch to guide you through the process, making your journey to Outward Bound as simple as possible.

No need to pay all at once

After paying your $500 deposit, take advantage of our payment plan, allowing you to spread the cost of your course fee. Make payments of whatever amount you choose, as and when you have the funds available. You might also choose to set up an automatic payment for $50 -$100 a week. Simply settle the balance 8 weeks before your course date.

How a payment plan works

Below is an example payment plan for a Classic course. After paying the deposit, this participant has paid their course fee over 6 payments.

Payment plan

Here’s an example of someone fundraising for a 21-day Mind Body Soul course. They have chosen to deposit their funds as they are raised, it's a great motivator to see your balance going down. Outward Bound has worked to make up the shortfall 8 weeks before the course start date.

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Whichever method you choose, if it looks as though you won’t be able to cover the full balance, it’s important you let us know at least 8 weeks before the course.

Fundraising towards your course

A straightforward way to get to Outward Bound

Fundraising is one the best ways to cover the cost of your course if you don’t have the cash upfront.

Whether you’re 16 or 66, the fundraising option is open to all.

A family affair

Fundraising can help your family to feel more involved in your course. If you’re taking time out from family life to head to Anakiwa, making them your fundraising support crew can help them to connect to what you’re doing and why you’re doing it.

Get into the Outward Bound mindset

An ideal kick off to your Anakiwa experience, fundraising is a really satisfying way to achieve an Outward Bound course. It’s great preparation for the challenge ahead, getting you into the mindset of stepping out of your comfort zone and achieving goals.

Choose your fundraising activities

Use your skills

If you’re blessed with green fingers offer your gardening services to neighbours via sites like Neighbourly. Got a creative eye? Sell your artwork or photos at a community market. Or if you’re a master baker, start selling your tasty creations at school or work.

By using your existing skills to bring in some cash for your course, you’ll enjoy, and speed up, the fundraising process.

Download our A-Z of fundraising ideas

Sell stuff on TradeMe, do odd jobs for people, run fundraising events, bake cupcakes, ask friends and family for support…do whatever it takes! Set your sights on Outward Bound and do it!

Jess Sowersby

Consider your timeframe

The longer you have to fundraise, the better; six months is ideal. That way, you can watch your money slowly build up from a combination of sources. But if your course is looming or work or family life doesn’t allow you much time, consider one or two big hitting fundraising activities such as a movie screening or quiz night.

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Simple ideas like selling goodies make a big difference

Ask your community

Contact local service groups

Did you know there are over 500 community groups in New Zealand? Many of them have supported thousands of Outward Bound participants of all ages over the last 50 years. We encourage you to get in touch with your local Rotary, Lions or RSA clubs as a starting point.

Check out our letter templates and advice.

It’s worth noting that community groups don’t just support teenagers. If you can show how sponsorship towards a course would benefit you in the long-term and in turn help the community, you’ve a great case to make.

Ask your employer

Many employers support their staff with a significant contribution to their Outward Bound course. When asking for a helping hand, explain how your course will benefit you at work and improve your skills. Download our guide to getting your boss on board with OB.

How Outward Bound can help

Provided you can show 100% effort has gone into your fundraising* and you’ve made the maximum personal contribution possible, Outward Bound can top up any shortfall in your course fees.

Our funding top up is open to all, regardless of age, your circumstance or where you live.

Don't forget to let us know if you choose to fundraise or would like to set up a payment plan. Get in touch on 0800 688 927 or email

* Use your Fundraising Activity Log to show us your activities. This must include evidence you have contacted your local Lions and Rotary Clubs.

How the fundraising process works

Find out how it's done - alumni stories

Having finished three years of study, Rosie wasn't in a position to pay for her Outward Bound course upfront. Instead, she chose to fundraise. Get inspired and watch Rosie's video of how she made her Outward Bound adventure happen.

Hundreds of other alumni have funded their course through fundraising. Read their stories here.