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Frequently Asked Questions

Will Misha Collins be on this trip?

Scheduling conflicts may prevent Misha from joining this year’s trip, but we are working to confirm the attendance of other celebrity volunteers.

How old do I need to be to go on the Nicaragua trip?

You must be at least 18 years old at the time of the trip. We can, however, make an exception for volunteers aged 15 to 18 if your legal parent/guardian also raises $5,000 and attends the trip.

How many volunteers can go on the trip?

26 volunteers; the first 25 fundraisers to reach $5,000 and one lucky drawing winner.

What’s the deal with the drawing?

On November 11th, 2017, we will hold a drawing for one spot on the February 2018 trip. Each $1,000 you’ve raised by November 10th, 11:59 pm EST will earn you one entry into the drawing. (For example, if you’ve raised $3,087 you get entered into the drawing 3 times.)

When do I have to raise $5,000 by to qualify for the trip?

November 10th, 11:59 pm EST.

What if I don’t make it to $5,000?

We will be mailing out mystery thank-you prizes at several fundraising levels, and there is always a chance you could win the drawing if you raise at least $1,000. More importantly, every dollar counts!

Does the $5,000 cover my travel expenses?

No. You will be responsible for your own travel, lodging, and food expenses. You will need to fund your own travel to Miami to meet the Random Acts team, as well as lodging in Miami should you choose to arrive early. You will need to pay Random Acts in advance for your flights between Miami and Nicaragua, as well as travel and lodging in Nicaragua (for our 2016 trip, this totaled $900; exact amounts for this year’s trip will be made available as soon as we have them).

What if I live outside of the USA?

No problem! Just keep in mind that your travel expenses to and from Miami will likely be higher and in some cases you might need to apply for a visa.

Do I need a passport?

Yes. You will need a passport to attend the trip. Please plan ahead if you need to get or renew a passport as this process can take a long time.

What if I raise the $5,000 but can’t go on the trip, can I transfer my spot?

No. Volunteer positions are not transferable. In extenuating circumstances we will evaluate on a case-by-case basis, but please do not expect to be able to transfer your spot.

What are the physical requirements for this trip?

You must be comfortable with a moderate amount of physical activity; this may include but is not limited to carrying your luggage, walking on stairs and uneven, hilly terrain, and doing manual labor such as shoveling cement in hot and humid conditions. If you have a physical limitation we will try our best to accommodate it if it’s feasible and safe to do so, but please contact us to discuss your situation prior to trying for a spot on the trip.

How much of the money is going to Nicaragua?

All donations raised through the Dreams to Acts: Nicaragua fundraising campaign on Crowdrise will go to Random Acts, a division of The Art Department, Inc. The primary commitment for these funds is to construct the Center for Human Development in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua and to support any other local organizations with whom we may choose to partner (this includes administrative and operational expenses associated with our D2A: Nicaragua project). Should funds from this campaign be available after our commitment is satisfied, we reserve the right to re-allocate them to past or future development projects or special initiatives.

How do I start fundraising?

Join the team on Crowdrise!

When is the trip?

February 9-16, 2018

What if I need to mail in a check?

Please download and print our offline donation form, fill it out, and mail it in with your check(s) to:
Random Acts
1874 Catasauqua Rd #447
Allentown, PA. 18109

Once we receive the check(s) and offline donation form, we’ll add the amount to your fundraising total on Crowdrise.

Can I donate through PayPal?

You bet!


Just click above and in the "message" area please give us the name and link to the person/crowdrise page this donation should be associated with. We'll add the amount to Crowdrise as an offline donation.

Can I use the Dreams to Acts: Nicaragua logo?

You may use the following banners and graphics in your fundraising efforts and/or to show your support. Use of images is restricted to personal use (e.g. flyers, social media/blog posts). Random Acts images cannot be reproduced for profit or unauthorized fundraising (e.g. merchandise) without the express written permission of Random Acts. Random Acts reserves the right to ask users of Random Acts related images and information to cease and desist if they are found to be acting in a manner not in concert with our mission statement or in a manner that directly competes with Random Acts’ fundraising efforts. If you would like to use a Random Acts logo or image other than the ones provided below, please contact us.

Still have a question?

Be sure you’ve checked out the 2018 trip page and looked over the prep guide and checklist. If your question isn’t answered there or here, please contact us.