Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe?
Yes. Bummit has a perfect safety record which we have maintained since our inception. If you keep your wits about you, you will be fine. You do not have to accept every lift. In fact we recommend you don’t; take the lift which is going where you want to go or which is far enough. Another, better lift is always around the corner!
We have several safety measures in place:
- People hitch-hike in teams of 2 or 3, with at least 1 male team member
- Teams have to check in daily with the Bummit committee via a safety phone
- In the event you do not make contact we will then try to contact you
- If we haven’t heard from you for 24 hours we will inform the British consulate nearest to your last confirmed location who will then take the appropriate action. THIS HAS NEVER HAD TO HAPPEN!
How do I hitch-hike?
There will be endless amounts of advice given in the run up to the trip.
The best way is to talk politely to people at service stations or petrol stations. You’re a lovely educated young student who is trying to raise money for charity: Joe Public will be very keen to help you out!
If you’re not in a place where you can talk to people, then just get those thumbs and signs out! Someone will stop eventually. Especially if you look happy and enthusiastic on the side of the road.
Often in Europe it can be relatively easy to get a train for free! Although this should be done with the permission of the conductor who is working on the train – and every time the conductor changes. If they don’t speak English there will be letters in different languages explaining what you are doing.
How do I get across the channel?
People often have space in their car to let you hitch a ride with them. Luckily for hitch-hikers cars going onto ferries or the Eurotunnel are paid per car rather than per person! This means you can hitch a ride with them and you don’t have to pay!
How do I fundraise my money?
Be inventive! You CAN fundraise in unique ways! We will also be sending round a guide called the fundraising pack to help you with this. Everyone has to set up a VIRGIN MONEY GIVING account.
How do I set up my Virgin money giving account?
Instructions can be found in the fundraising pack. Please do NOT set up a justgiving account or send money to the wrong charity. Check the instructions!
Why do I need a sponsorship guarantee?
Bummit is a fundraising series of events, to be a viable way to fundraise we need to be able to guarantee this fundraising capability. The current best way of doing this is by taking a cheque for the minimum sponsorship amount as a guarantee - we will not cash this unless you do not raise the money in time.
I don’t have a cheque book, what can I do?
If you have a bank account you will be able to order a cheque book from your bank. If this is not possible, you can pay your sponsorship guarantee in cash.
Where do I hand my cheques into?
The information desk in the Activites Zone in the Students’ Union (next to coffee revs, open Monday-Friday, 11am-4pm)
I am an international student, can I do the trip?
Yes! You can apply for a Schengen Visa with the assistance of the advice centre which can be found in Sheffield students union. Specifically Jo Holliday will assist with this. This can take a few weeks depending on your native country, so please start this process as soon as possible. For further assistance please e-mail our inclusions officer, Natalie English: email@example.com
I don’t have a team, can I still do the trip?
Absolutely! We have loads of team mating socials to help you find people in the same position as you or a pair who are looking for that lone Bummiter!
I don’t know any guys who want to do the trip, what can I do?
We run several team mating socials - great opportunities to meet guys who have signed up on their own!
I'm not a Sheffield Student, can I take part?
Only members of Sheffield Students' Union can participate in our events. This is due to insurance reasons and unfortunately we can’t make any exceptions.
How do I find a cheap flight home?
www.skyscanner.net is your friend! Remember flexibility with time and location will probably help you out here.
We hope this helps. If this hasn’t answered your question(s) please don’t hesitate to contact the chair, Caspar Way and the secretary, Esther Hyde at firstname.lastname@example.org, or alternatively put your question on one of our many social network media! Links are at the top of the page.