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Expedition fundraising

As a charity we talk about fundraising rather than costs.

We encourage everyone to do some fundraising for their Expedition. But Raleigh’s Expeditions are not funded by volunteer income alone. As a charity we also need to raise funds from other sources to cover our costs and ensure our work is impactful. And, we’re committed to supporting local volunteers in each Expedition country and disadvantaged young people from the UK to take part.

Find out more about how Raleigh raises and spend its funds (PDF)

Expeditions are much more than what is achieved in 4, 5, 7 or 10 weeks. They are about creating lasting change. As well as the communities whose lives you will be impacting, don’t forget you will also be developing skills for your future too.

We know fundraising can be overwhelming but we are here to help you every step of the way. Don’t be daunted! We’ve supported thousands of young people to reach their target.

What’s included?

With Raleigh there are no hidden or extra costs. We include much more than other providers because over the last 35 years we have learnt that a high-quality programme, including safety, in-country support, and working with communities as real partners has better outcomes for all of us.

We provide:

  • Airport welcome and all transfers to and from the airport in your destination country.
  • Comprehensive medical health insurance.
  • Leading safety expertise supported by our British standard 8848 safety accreditation.
  • All food and accommodation throughout your Expedition.
  • All in-country transport costs to project and trekking locations.
  • In-country Director and staff team, including medics, providing 24 hour support, planning and in-country partnerships with Government, INGO’s and local project partners.
  • UK operations team providing planning, medical, safety and security support with 24-hour back up to country offices.
  • Raleigh Volunteer Managers living with volunteers 24/7.
  • Experienced trekking guides.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and support.
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff.
  • All project equipment, supplies and tools.
  • Project evaluations and impact reporting against the sustainable goals framework.
  • Post-Expedition alumni membership, services and discounts.
  • Location orientation and immersion into local cultures.
  • Placement in an international team of volunteers.
What’s not included?
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Vaccinations
  • Insurance for Personal belongings (for example rucksack, walking boots, sleeping bag etc.) and flight changes/ cancellation

Raleigh Bursary Fund

We are committed to ensuring that our Expedition programme is accessible to young people from a range of backgrounds. We have established a Bursary Fund to help support young people who might otherwise find it difficult to fundraise the full cost of a 10-week Expedition. Find out if you’re eligible for our Bursary Fund.

There are also several Trusts and Foundations that offer funding for young people to engage in international volunteering. To find out what funding may be available to help with your fundraising, please get in touch.

Want some ideas?

Once you’ve successfully applied, fundraising is your first Raleigh challenge. It’s also a chance for you to learn some new skills. Employers are always telling us how impressed they are by applicants who have fundraised for their Expedition. Budgeting, negotiation and marketing are all skills you’ll be developing through the experience!

Have a think about what you’re good at and what you enjoy doing. Dancing? Football? Cooking? Music? Be creative, and have fun. If you concentrate on the things you like, it will be much easier. And the more you put in, the more you will get out.

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Here’s how Merle, from The Netherlands, raised the majority of her target:

Merle volunteered in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

“I raised most of this by doing a sponsored cycling tour. As part of my preparation for the Expedition I had read a lot about Nicaragua & Costa Rica and discovered that coffee is a major export product of this region. My last name, Boontje, means ‘Little Bean’ in Dutch, so I came up with the idea of transporting myself, as a Costa Rican coffee bean from the North of the Netherlands to the South, by cycling the whole 350 km. ‘Big Bean’, my dad, joined me on the trip, which made it good fun, too.

“People caught on to the idea and friends and family sponsored over €2380 (around £2,000). It was a beautiful ride as well! In Holland, fundraising in this way is quite rare and very few people know about Raleigh. I tried to fundraise anyway and felt proud to have succeeded; I had overcome my first Raleigh challenge!”

We don’t expect everyone to cycle 350 km. Some of the simple ideas are the best: bake sales, car boots, and quizzes are all a great way to start. Plus, you can always top up your fundraising amount with personal savings or support from family.

First things first, set up an online fundraising page so friends, colleagues and family can send donations.

Get in touch with us if you need any support or inspiration for your fundraising and we will be happy to help. We can share fundraising tips, even for Covid-times, and help you reach the target.

Find out more

We’re a friendly team, driven by wanting to make an impact around the world, with a soft spot for cake, camping and softball. Arrange a one-to-one Phone Consultation with a member of our team or download a copy of our Expedition Guide.

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