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5 Reasons Why You Should Join a Raleigh Expedition this Summer

Why Volunteer with Raleigh This June

Are you considering a gap year filled with adventure, personal growth, and meaningful experiences? Look no further than Raleigh International! Here are five compelling reasons why joining a Raleigh Expedition this summer should be your top choice:

1. Shorter Programme, Same Impact

A Raleigh Expedition in summer gives you the option to experience adventure with impact for 4 weeks – our shortest Expedition! These special Expeditions only run between June and September, and allow you to participate in one full project (either environmental or community) and a shorter trek. Perfect for a purpose-filled summer break, or if you want to travel whilst keeping the cost down!

2. Experience Diverse Climates

South Africa and Costa Rica offer contrasting yet equally stunning climates during the summer months. In South Africa you’ll encounter mild temperatures and dry conditions, perfect for exploring the country’s rich cultural heritage and breath-taking landscapes without extreme heat! 

In contrast, Costa Rica boasts lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and abundant wildlife amidst a tropical climate. While the summer months bring occasional rain showers, June is a great time of year to visit Costa Rica. It’s still warm and sunny, and the short periods of rain breathe life back into the landscapes, offering the chance to witness the country’s vibrant biodiversity in full bloom. Whether you’re trekking through dense jungles or meeting the locals on community projects, Costa Rica promises an unforgettable experience.

3. Personal Growth and Development

A gap year is an ideal time for personal growth and self-discovery, and Raleigh Expeditions provide the perfect platform for such transformation. Whether you’re embarking on your first solo journey or seeking to broaden your horizons, South Africa and Costa Rica offer unparalleled opportunities for growth. Through challenging outdoor activities, meaningful volunteer projects, and cultural immersion, you’ll emerge from your expedition with newfound confidence, resilience, and leadership skills that will serve you well in all aspects of life.

One of the most rewarding aspects of joining a Raleigh Expedition is the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the communities you visit. Whether you’re contributing to sustainable development projects in South Africa’s rural villages or supporting environmental conservation efforts in Costa Rica’s pristine ecosystems, your efforts will have a lasting impact on the lives of local residents and the preservation of natural habitats. Imagine the sense of fulfilment that comes from knowing that your actions have helped improve access to education, healthcare, or clean water for those in need.

4. Cultural Immersion

Both South Africa and Costa Rica are renowned for their rich cultural heritage and welcoming communities. By joining a Raleigh Expedition, you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in the daily lives, traditions, and customs of local residents, gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation for their way of life. Whether you’re learning traditional dance steps in a South African township or practicing your Spanish with Costa Rican villagers, these cultural exchanges will broaden your perspective and create lifelong memories.

5. Prepare for Your Future

A Raleigh Expedition is not just a gap year experience — it’s an investment in your future. A 4-week summer Expedition could be perfect for you if you’re looking for an adventure with impact that fits between education, for example, between college or university years, or the transition from college to university. Equally, if you’re planning a gap year and want to gain more than just the ‘gap year experience’, a 7 or 10-week Raleigh Expedition is the perfect solution.

The skills, experiences, and connections you gain during your expedition will set you apart in applications, job interviews, and future endeavours. Whether you’re pursuing further education, entering the workforce, or embarking on another adventure, the lessons learned, and friendships forged on your Raleigh Expedition will continue to shape and inspire you for years to come.

A Raleigh Summer Expedition Awaits You!

Whether you’re seeking adventure, personal growth, or the opportunity to make a positive impact, a Raleigh Expedition in South Africa or Costa Rica offers the perfect blend of excitement, challenge, and fulfilment. So why wait? Make your summer truly unforgettable with Raleigh International. Apply now!

Seize the opportunity to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.


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Whether you have a specific question or want to discuss which Expedition is right for you, schedule a call with a member of the team at a time convenient to you. 

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