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Why a Raleigh Expedition is the toughest but best thing you'll do

Embarking on a Raleigh Expedition may feel like taking a detour into the unknown. It can be tough, demanding, and challenging, but it’s also an experience that will change your life in the best ways. This is why.

Challenging your Comfort Zone

One thing is for certain: a Raleigh Expedition will take you far from your comfort zone. Whether you’re navigating dense rainforests in Costa Rica or working on community project in South Africa, you’ll face challenges unlike any you’ve encountered before. Forget access to everyday luxuries, such as Wi-Fi or a comfy bed, or hot showers. By challenging your comfort zone you become adaptable, gain self-confidence and resilience, as well as start appreciating the little things. 

volunteers shovelling mud into a wheelbarrow

Immersing yourself in New Cultures

On Raleigh Expedition you will become immersed in very culturally diverse and remote regions, and so you may feel a sense of culture shock. But with Raleigh you’re in the best hands. Supported by Volunteer Managers and members of staff, you will learn all about ‘Pura Vida’ in Costa Rica and the spirit of ‘Ubuntu’ in South Africa in a safe and support environment. Facing the fear of the unknown is a moment for personal growth which shapes your ability to empathise, understand and collaborate with a wide range of people, which is a valuable skill for the future.  

volunteers and locals playing football in the field

Getting your hands dirty to create impact

One of the most rewarding aspects of Raleigh is the tangible impact you can have on local communities, ecosystems and wildlife. On sustainable projects, such as building vegetable gardens in South Africa, you’ll see firsthand how your efforts can improve lives. But change doesn’t happen overnight and the work you’ll do may be physically challenging. But with perseverance you will gain a sense of purpose which will stay with you long after Expedition ends. So don’t forget to step back, wipe the sweat off your brow and celebrate your achievements on your project.

volunteers together picking trash

Making lifelong connections 

The bonds and memories you create with your fellow volunteers are unlike any other relationships. Sharing such a challenging and immersive experience creates unique and deep connections that last a lifetime, and this is one of the reasons we feel so strongly about our no phones policy on projects. With such a wide range of volunteers participating in Raleigh Expeditions, you’ll form a global network of like-minded individuals, who share the same passion you hold for positive change. The only downside here is having such incredible friends scattered all over the world!  

volunteers hugging each other and smiling

The path to Self Discovery

A Raleigh journey may be an exploration of beautiful locations around the world, but it can also be a journey into yourself. And self-discovery isn’t always easy! On your trek and projects you’ll push through physical challenges to discover strengths and capabilities you never knew you had. This is why so many Raleigh volunteers emerge from Expedition with a much stronger sense identity and self. Trying new ventures introduces you to new passions which can shape your goals and direction for the future. 

woman volunteer laughing while cutting tree

It’s tough, but it’s worth it

Raleigh Expedition might be one of the toughest things you’ll do, but it’s also the best. The challenges you face, the impact you make and the relationships you form can have a transformative effect on your future. This is why it is a truly a life-changing experience.  

So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead, take that leap, and embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Your future self will thank you. 

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