We are SO excited to launch our Expedition in Kruger. Raleigh has over 55,000 alumni, but you could be the FIRST to take part in this awesome Expedition.
How to apply
Get ready for your Expedition – we will support you all the way!
The on-the-ground team
Here are some of the Raleigh South Africa team who will be looking after you
Stacey, Country Director
Stacey leads the development of Raleigh South Africa and is responsible for the general management of the organisation. South African born and bred, she has extensive experience in volunteer travel. Having run Conservation and Community projects in the Greater Kruger area for 8 years.
Stacey also has extensive African travel experience having backpacked through 17 African countries, and understanding the life-changing impact of expeditions on youth. Stacey believes in the impact volunteers can have on our projects and also the change our expeditions can make on our volunteers.
Jason, Expeditions Manager
Jason has been actively involved in outdoor adventure and conservation since 2008, starting as a white water rafting guide and progressing on to professional field guide and ranger. He has worked extensively all over Africa and the UK on various land and sea conservation projects. Most recently, he has been leading volunteer projects in Zanzibar focusing on marine conservation and conservation education in the local communities. He has also received military training in survival, navigation and map reading. Jason is passionate about protecting the environment, uplifting local communities and adventure. Helping to transform people’s lives through active and impactful expeditions is a dream come true!
Yolisa, Operations Coordinator
Yolisa is responsible for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the Raleigh Expedition and is responsible for the health and safety of all programmes.
Yolisa is from Cape Town originally but has worked in the Greater Kruger area for two years on volunteer programs. She has been working in South Africa as a guide and project manager for seven years, she is passionate about wildlife and the environment. Yolisa ensures the work we do is impactful and sustainable and is passionate about working with young people as she can see how, through volunteering, people can strengthen their personal and professional development.
There is a reason why so many people want to volunteer in South Africa. Make that several reasons
What makes Raleigh Expedition unique?
Volunteering with Raleigh International is an immersive, one-of-a-kind experience. Described by our volunteers as “absolutely life-changing”, it’s a journey you will never forget. Don’t expect tourist hotspots, five-star hotels and 24/7 wifi (we are all about the digital and alcohol detox); instead, expect a memory-making adventure full of fun, rewarding experiences and real world connection.
What our Raleigh volunteers say
Hear from our past Raleigh alumni's life changing experiences
“The effect it had on me was profound…on returning I completely changed my career and then went back on Raleigh as a Volunteer Manager. Twenty years later I draw on those experiences regularly both in my professional and personal life.”AlisonRaleigh Alumni
“Before I was an introverted, shy person and now I am talking with other people without hesitation. Before, I was only comfortable sitting with a group of two or three people but now, I’m able to speak within a group of 20 or 30.”BikalRaleigh Alumni
“It’s been an opportunity to grow as a person in ways that you wouldn’t think possible. It makes you more aware of the world that you live in. I remember coming back from the mountain trek and looking around; I thought about how sad it is how man changes the world so easily. So, it’s important to go back to your roots, to the proper wild, and experience it.”FreddyRaleigh Alumni
“I was a kid that had barely left Manchester…I quickly realised that a regional accent, schooling, job prospects didn’t define you. It’s your actions, how you relate to people, building relationships, resilience and your ‘bounce-back-ability’ that do that. My experience with Raleigh really change the direction of my life for the better and gave me the confidence to run my own business.”TonyRaleigh Alumni
Frequently asked questions about Raleigh Expedition at our South Africa locations
Most nationalities will receive a 90 day tourist visa on entry into South Africa. Your Volunteer Coordinator will provide you with all the relevant information.
The number of volunteers can vary (up to 60) but you will be in group sizes of no more than 20.
You will stay at our base camp on arrival and in between projects. Our base camp is a tented camp with ablutions and social areas. The camp is basic, with no electricity apart from our solar charging station for charging phones.
On our community project, you will setup a camp with shared sleeping tents and a basic kitchen.
Malaria precautions are essential. Avoid mosquito bites by covering up with clothing such as long sleeves and long trousers, especially after sunset, and using insect repellents on exposed skin.
Check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets.
Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission.
There will be breaks during the day to recharge. In the African bush, we tend to get up early to get work done before it gets too hot. We then have a break over the heat of the day and lunch, then get back to work in the afternoons. In between your projects, you will have five days of rest.
Camps are remote and therefore venturing out of camp is not always safe. We will go on excursions as a group.