I would love to go on an $1800 trip. :) I have to say that if I got a letter asking for money to send a kid on a trip, I would laugh. If your son wants to go, he needs to WORK for it. I loved the suggestions from Jb B. Pet sitting, mowing grass, etc. He must be about 12 or so? Surely there are things he can do to earn it. And, if anyone usually sends gifts for birthdays or Christmas, you could ask them to send money instead so that he can put it towards his trip. He could put flyers on all your neighbor's doors letting them know he is available to work for them: chopping wood, cleaning up the yard, their garage, any odd jobs, washing cars, anything. He can tell them what he is working towards, and they might be more inclined to hire him. I respect a young man who is willing to work for something. I balk at one who wants a hand-out. This could truly put him on a path of learning the value of money. He may have to give up other opportunities to do this. If he is used to playing sports, perhaps he can skip those, and use the money you would have spent on that towards his trip. He must learn to sacrifice to get what he really wants. Great opportunity for you!!