USA 2018


1 month placement

11th October - 7th November 2018

2 week placement

23rd October - 7th November 2018
These dates are provisional; 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.


Price per person 1 Month Placement


Price per person 2 week placement


The total cost payable to Politrip for organising your volunteer placement is £900 for a 1-month placement or £600 for a 2-week placement. This does not include flights or expenses in the USA. It does cover:

  • 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
  • Transfer in the US from your arrival airport to your accommodation (one way only)
  • ESTA Visa application fee
  • Pre-trip training including 24/7 phone & email support and a formal 1-day training session with other volunteers, in either Belfast or London
  • Fundraising support and guidance
  • A Politrip t-shirt

This price is highly competitive when compared with many other international volunteering programmes, who often charge upwards of £2000 for as little as two weeks and also do not include flights.



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.

Payment Options

1 month trip - due 5 days from your offer of a place on the programme


2 week trip - due 5 days from your offer of a place on the programme


Payment details

Because of the tight timeframe in processing applications and organising these additional places, your Politrip payment must be made in full within 5 days of receiving your offer of a place on the programme. 

We then advise everyone to book flights as early as possible to get the best prices available. You should aim to buy these as soon as you’ve paid your Politrip fee. October is not far away so the quicker you buy your flights the cheaper they are likely to be.

For more information on trip costs, please see our FAQs

How To Apply

1 month placement Closing Date

1st September 2018

2 week placement Closing Date

1st September 2018
Applications for Politrip 2018 are now open. Please follow the link below to complete an application form. Note that whilst the closing date is 1st September, all places may be allocated before this date, so please do not delay in applying. If an application form is completed to an adequate standard, trip offers may be issued within a couple of days to begin your induction and training as soon as possible.

What Happens Next?

Once your application has been submitted, we’ll be in touch within a couple of days informing you of the outcome. If successful, you’ll be informed by email and made aware of the location of your Politrip. You’ll be asked to pay your fee and complete a declaration to formally accept you onto the programme. 

Once we receive your deposit, you’ll receive a welcome pack consisting of a training manual and t-shirt in the post, which will have full details of the programme and detailed information about what you’ll be doing in the USA!

You’ll also be invited to a training day in either Belfast or London depending on your location. Whilst these are normally mandatory, we can make arrangements to carry out your training via Skype if the fixed dates below do not suit:

Saturday 22nd September – London, location TBC – 10am – 3pm
Saturday 29th September – Belfast, location TBC – 10am – 3pm


Any Questions?

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