The Greater Kruger area lies between Mozambique, Eswatini and the world-famous Kruger National Park. This area encapsulates Africa at its heart. It is a wildlife haven with natural beauty unlike anywhere else.
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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.
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.
Spencer, Operations Coordinator
Spencer oversees the day-to-day logistics and health and safety of Raleigh’s Expedition programmes.
Spencer is originally from Canada but moved to South Africa after falling in love with the African bush. Having studied to be a nature guide, Spencer is passionate about the environment and the communities we work in. Spencer’s priority is running programs where the welfare of people and the environment are at the centre.
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 promise you won’t miss it); instead, expect a memory-making adventure full of fun and rewarding experiences.
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.