There are many kids who wish to practice their Mandarin with native speakers, but cannot afford such luxuries. That is where the fundraisers come into play. They will help the students by decreasing the price for the trip—or, even better, allowing them to attend for free. As a student in the class who is intrigued by the culture and desires to experience a once in a life time opportunity, participating in the fundraisers are very crucial for me and for other students struggling to pay.
There will be a handful of other events where you can help, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled. Even the smallest contribution would be very meaningful for all the students.