Iowa – Summer 2019


1 month placement

26th July - 20th August 2019
These dates are somewhat flexible; we reserve the right to change them with advance notice. Where possible we will encourage Poitrippers to travel to their destination together, on these dates and with the rest of their group, but realise this may not always be possible and cheaper flights from different locations may mean volunteers arrive a few days apart. In some cases Politrippers may need to provide their own accommodation if flying in earlier or later than these dates.


Price per person:


In addition to the organisation of your trip, this fee covers:

  • Provision of suitable accommodation – this will likely be shared with other volunteers in the home of local party supporters, and where this is not available, in an Airbnb or similar
  • Full-time in-country Politrip Coordinator who will organise your trip and provide support and assistance for the duration of your trip
  • Access to a rental car with paid driver for the duration of your trip. You and your team will share fuel costs
  • Chicago excursion: 2 nights accommodation and 2 days of cultural & social activities in Chicago. Programme will be confirmed nearer to your departure but will include activities such as a baseball game and Willis tower visit
  • Return transfers in the US from your arrival airport to your accommodation
  • Full travel insurance (we recommend volunteers still take out their own personal policy to cover minor medical issues, loss of individual property or flight issues)
  • ESTA Visa application fee
  • Anytime pre-trip training & support, 24/7 phone & email contact and pre-departure training manual
  • Formal 1-day training session with other volunteers, in various locations in UK & Ireland

This does not include flights or expenses in the USA.


Whilst flights are not included, we have chosen locations based on their affordability and proximity to major transport hubs. We estimate that you will never pay more than £600 for a return flight to the US, and generally you will be able to find return flights to the US for £300-350 if booked well enough in advance.

As part of our service to you, we’ll be monitoring airlines and sites such as Skyscanner to find the best possible price, and will advise you when to buy your tickets. If you want to get a rough idea of flight costs currently, try searching for flights between the UK and USA around the Politrip dates.

For those on the Iowa trip, the best route may be to fly to Chicago return and take an internal flight or a greyhound bus for around $30 from Chicago to Des Moines (about a 4.5 hour drive away).

Payment Options

Holding fee – paid via website once initial eligibility


Deposit – paid once full application submitted and accepted


Monthly payment – remainder of balance divided by number of months until trip


Payment details

To make paying for your trip as flexible and easy as possible, you can now pay your Politrip fee by monthly direct debits. This service is interest-free and your monthly payment will equal your trip fee minus the deposit & holding fee, divided by the number of months until your trip begins.

So for example, if you are booking a place on the Iowa 2019 trip in March 2019, your payment plan would be £1200 – £220 (deposit & holding fee) / 4 months until departure = £245 per month. If you were booking a place in March 2019 on one of the Summer 2020 trips, your payment plan would be £1200 – £220 / 16 months until departure = £61.25 per month

Basically, the sooner you sign up, the less you’ll pay each month!

Alternatively, you can always pay your fee in full at any stage.

We then advise everyone to book flights as early as possible to get the best prices available, and you should budget accordingly for this. You should aim to buy these as soon as you’ve paid your Politrip deposit.

For more information on trip costs, please see our FAQs


How To Apply

1 month placement Closing Date

1st July 2019
Applications for the Iowa 2019 Politrip are now open. Please follow the link below to complete an initial eligibility check. If eligible, you will be invited to pay a £20 holding fee to secure your place until you complete a full application, which will be sent to you via email within 48 hours of passing eligibility.

Applications for every Politrip will close 1-month prior to departure, however it is likely all places will be allocated well before then.

What Happens Next

As places on the programme are competitive and allocated on a first come basis, the holding fee secures your place, giving you time to complete your full application. This application will provide us with more information about you and the trip you’d like to go on, allowing us to tailor the best possible Politrip experience. The holding fee will be refunded in the event that your full application is rejected.

If your application is successful (90% of applications should be successful once initial eligibility has been passed) you will be offered a place on the Politrip of your choice and invited to pay a deposit to secure your place. You will also be asked to sign a declaration form, complete a direct debit form (if paying by monthly installments) and you will receive details of important pre-departure dates and our training programme.

Any Questions?

Get in touch at hello@politrip.org
or take a look at our FAQs