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Raleigh Expeditions

Life changing volunteer abroad programmes for young people on our Raleigh Expeditions in Costa Rica and South Africa.


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What is a Raleigh Expedition?

Raleigh Expedition is a truly unique international volunteer experience for young people (17-24). You can take part in different projects, equip yourself with new skills, create lasting change and work with communities to take urgent action on the world’s most important issues.

Whether you are taking a gap year or want to do something meaningful in your summer, join young volunteers from across the world and a community of thousands of Raleigh Alumni.

“33 years on from Expedition I still feel the positive impact.”

Terry | Raleigh Alumni

Where can I go on Expedition?

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, home to national parks, volcanoes and stunning landscapes. You’ll be immersed in an indigenous community while on volunteer projects supporting access to education and helping protect it’s fragile eco-systems. Conquer a whopping 250km trek across beautiful rainforest and mountain areas.

Costa Rica Expeditions
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South Africa

There is nowhere better than Greater Kruger to walk in the footsteps of the world’s most spectacular wildlife. Become one with local community life and the African bush on community and environment projects. Experience South Africa’s highest mountains whilst trekking approx. 250km in the incredible Drakensberg Mountains.

South Africa Expeditions

How does a Raleigh Expedition work?

The three project phases of an Expedition

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Community Project

Help find sustainable solutions to issues such as poverty, low levels of education and food insecurity.


We contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 2: Zero Hunger; GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being and GOAL 4: Quality Education.

This could involve providing safer places for children to study by constructing school buildings in indigenous communities or aiding their education through teaching assistance and building playgrounds. Other projects involve setting up and maintaining co-operative farming initiatives to supply extra meals for children and the communities. You’ll take part in planning action days and raising awareness with the community on topics such as waste management and climate action.

Environmental Project

Play a crucial role in physical conservation efforts within national parks and private reserves.


We contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 15: Life on Land  and  GOAL 13: Climate Action.

Our projects help create and restore healthier ecosystems by tackling invasive plant species, addressing soil erosion, and managing habitats. You’ll also work on waste management initiatives aimed at mitigating pollution in water systems, national parks, and adjacent communities.

Tasks could include clearing debris like old fences and wires, building protective boundaries, and conducting snare sweeps to protect wildlife from poaching. Additionally, volunteers plan action days for local communities, working closely with local rangers and organisations to raise environmental awareness, promote sustainable practices and reducing human-wildlife conflicts through education.


Adventure Leadership

Take on a challenging adventure leadership trek through rainforests and up mountains.


You’ll go on a journey of personal growth that’ll continue for the rest of your life. No matter your trekking experience, everyone starts and finishes the trek together – come rain or shine! Supporting one another, not giving up and sharing your achievements together will be some of your Expedition’s most memorable and defining moments.

In addition to embarking on awe-inspiring treks spanning up to 250km across stunning landscapes, Venturers will take on essential roles during trek. This includes being a part of the Day Leader and Navigator ROTA, where they lead the strategic planning and execution of trekking objectives, such as reaching designated food drop-off points, all while ensuring the team’s welfare under the guidance of Venturer Managers.

What makes Raleigh Expeditions unique?

Described by our Venturers as “absolutely life-changing”. Expect a memory-making adventure full of fun, rewarding experiences and real world connection.

People your age

Apart from staff, you're grouped with people aged 17-24. This is unique to Raleigh.

Digital detox

There are no phones on project sites, only at Fieldbase. Be truly in the moment.

Varied experiences

Take part in up to three phases - community and environmental projects and a trek.


Join diverse teams of young people from across the globe as well as National Venturers.

Real adventure

We're booze-free and adventure filled experience that will push you out of your comfort zone (safely!).

Future ready

Gain the skills, confidence and perspective to play a leading role in building a better world.

Volunteering is a life changing experience. You not only learn life lessons and help make an impact on the world but also gain experience.

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“My experience on my Raleigh Expedition has given me foundational skills and confidence in my next life choices.”

Marie | Raleigh Alumni

Who can go on Expedition?

When can I go on Expedition?

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Become a Venturer Manager

Need more information about Expedition?

Consultation calls

Not decided yet and need help? Arrange a call with us at a time that works for you and we’ll answer your questions.

Online info events

Have your questions answered, meet other volunteers and find out what Expedition is really like from an alumni.

Expedition guides

Find out all about Raleigh International and Expedition in our helpful information guide and sample itineraries.

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