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Frequently asked questions

We know that you will have lots of questions about Raleigh Expedition, we’ve tried to answer them here. Please get in touch if you have any further queries.

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Logistics

Once you have signed up you will be assigned a volunteer coordinator who will provide you with all the information you need to go on a Raleigh Expedition.

What is the deadline for applying for an Expedition?

We run Expeditions throughout the year and encourage venturers to apply between six and 18 months in advance to ensure you get the place you want, organise flights and vaccinations and give you time to raise the money (if you are fundraising).

The final deadline is three months prior to Expedition start date.

Will I need a visa and is it included in the cost?

This depends on your nationality and chosen expedition country. Before submitting your application, please check the relevant embassy for visa requirements. Visas are not included in the cost but your Volunteer Coordinator will provide you with advice.

Do I have to book flights and other travel?

Yes, all flights are booked by the volunteers. However, our team are here to support you and you will receive advice on the best airlines, flight options and where to fly into.

Will I be collected at the airport?

Yes, you will be collected at the airport by the country team.

How many people will be on Expedition with me?

You will be part of a team of roughly 14 international volunteers, 2-3 national volunteers and 2-3 volunteer managers

Is there a way I can travel with other volunteers?

Most volunteers travel individually, however, speak with your volunteer coordinator and if there is a volunteer in your area we can try and put you in touch. 

How much money do I need to take with me?

You will need some spending money for snacks, drinks and any souvenirs you wish to buy. This varies depending on destination, you can discuss this further with the Expedition team or Volunteer Coordinators.

Where will I be staying?

Raleigh provides comfortable communal living arrangements for the Expedition group. The exact accommodation depends on your chosen expedition country, but could be in a community building, at a campsite, or even a school. There will always be Volunteer Managers staying with you and all sites are safe and secure with suitable bathroom facilities.

What do I need to take with me?

This will vary depending on your Expedition location. Your volunteer coordinator will ensure that you are given a thorough packing list.

Health and Safety

Are there any medical restrictions for Raleigh Expedition?

We try to be as inclusive as possible, but we do need to ensure the safety of every individual on expedition. If you suffer with a long-standing medical condition, it is important that you disclose this information on the medical form when you apply and discuss it with your Volunteer Coordinator. You may be required to have a sign-off letter from your GP.

Due to the nature of the project environments, the remote locations and work that we undertake, any applicant with special medical or mobility requirements will need to speak with our team to determine if we can achieve the necessary safety requirements whilst trying to account for the needs and wishes of an individual.

We have a good track record in supporting applications from those with a disability and will make every effort to accommodate participants subject to the requirement of the safe running of an adventurous and challenging team based work.

What vaccinations do I need?

Vaccinations vary from country to country. We will give you a list of recommendations in your pre-departure pack but we also recommend that you speak to your GP or travel clinic.

What happened if there is a medical emergency?

Our Safety Management Systems are robust, practical, and effective. Professional and skilled operators such as medical air rescue services and medical practitioners are available as part of our support network.

How safe are the projects?

Safety is at the heart of everything. This starts with selecting the appropriate places to volunteer, all the way to providing comprehensive safety training to all volunteers. Our Safety Management Systems are robust, practical, and effective.

  • Every programme has qualified medical staff supporting the volunteers.
  • Every team is accompanied by an experienced tour leader who is with the group 24/7.
  • In the event of emergency, professional and skilled operators such as medical air rescue services and medical practitioners are available as part of our support network.
  • Experienced In-country staff and Volunteer Management team on every Expedition

Read more about safety here

On Expedition

Can anyone join Raleigh Expedition?

Regardless of where you are from or your background, Raleigh International is open to all. If you are aged 17-24 and are up for an adventure, want to make a difference and learn about yourself and other cultures – then Raleigh Expedition could be right for you.

How much free time will we have?

There will be breaks during the day to recharge, particularly to avoid the heat of the day.

You will have downtime in the evenings and days off in between projects.

Can I extend my stay if I choose a shorter Expedition?

As the 7-week projects form part of the 10-week Expedition you may be able to extend your stay, depending on availability.

Do I have to be really fit for the adventure phase of Expedition?

A basic level of fitness is necessary, but venturers achieve this through both team support and sheer determination!

Will I be doing work that takes away jobs from local people?

Not at all. We work with partners and communities to provide materials and manpower to complete projects that would not otherwise get done, for example, due to lack of funds. On our project sites, we work alongside local people and as much as possible, we recruit full-time staff from the countries where we work.

Can I choose the projects that I work on?

On a 10-week Expedition and the 6-week summer Expedition, you will take part in all three project phases: community, environmental and adventure.

If you choose 7 weeks, then you will be asked to express a preference for your two preferred project types.

With regards to choosing specific projects within a phase, all the projects are set as we partner with local communities to ensure our work is needed.

Are we allowed to travel outside of camp whilst on Expedition?

Camps are remote, so venturing out of camp is not always safe. We will go on excursions as a group.

Will I be allowed to call home?

In between your project phases, when you are based at our base camp you will have the opportunity to charge phones and phone home. When on the project, you will not always have the facilities to charge phones, and we encourage you to enjoy your adventure fully without the distraction of phones.

How inclusive is Raleigh Expedition?

Raleigh International welcomes volunteers from all backgrounds and cultures. One of the best things about Expedition is that you get the chance make friends with people you might not normally meet.

Raleigh Expedition is a safe and inclusive environment where young people can bring their authentic selves on programme.

Are the meals provided?

Food will vary depending on the country you are in, however, all food is freshly cooked and healthy. Volunteers rotate to cook for the group.

Information for parents

Will my child/young person be met at the airport?

Yes, your child will be collected at the airport but the country team who will have their flight information.

Can I find out where they are and what they are doing

We will send next of kin communications with key events throughout the Expedition – for example, so you know they have safely arrived. You can also follow us on social media and email their Volunteer Coordinator if you need to get in touch.

How can you ensure the safety of volunteers?

Safety is at the heart of everything. This starts with selecting the appropriate places to volunteer, all the way to providing comprehensive safety training to all volunteers. Our Safety Management Systems are robust, practical, and effective.

  • Every programme has qualified medical staff supporting the volunteers.
  • Every team is accompanied by an experienced tour leader who is with the group 24/7.
  • In an emergency, professional and skilled operators such as medical air rescue services and medical practitioners are available as part of our support network.
  • Experienced In-country staff and Volunteer Management team on every Expedition
  • Raleigh International has been running Expedition for over 40 years and we have worked with thousands of young people – we are specialists in what we do.

Read more about safety here

How can I keep in contact with my young person/child?

In between project phases, volunteers will have access to phones and phone charging facilities and be able to call. Ahead of the trip we will provide all next of kin information on how to get in touch with your child and the teams.

What are the sleeping arrangements and accommodations like?

Raleigh provides comfortable communal living arrangements for the Expedition group. The exact accommodation depends on your chosen expedition country but could be in a community building, at a campsite, or even a school. All sites are safe and secure with suitable bathroom facilities.

My young person/child is part of the LGBTQ+, will they be accepted?

Raleigh Expedition is a safe and inclusive environment where young people can bring their authentic selves on programme.

Expedition is open to all, regardless of where you are from or your background. Volunteers just need to be aged 17-24, up for an adventure and want to make a difference and learn about themselves and other cultures.

Will volunteers have any rest or down time?

There will be breaks during the day to recharge and volunteers can relax in the evenings. In between projects, there will be 3-5 days of rest.

Other

Is Raleigh International a charity?

Raleigh International’ Trust’ no longer exists and Raleigh International is no longer registered as a charity. However, it is still 100% committed to creating a long-lasting impact and working with young people to develop their skills and confidence through life-changing expeditions and experiences.  

Since its founding in 1978, Raleigh has continuously evolved, constantly adapting to new ideas and challenges. However, it has always been dedicated to supporting young people to create change for themselves, their communities, and the world. 

We are committed to continuing this legacy. The vision is simple: a world where young people have the skills and confidence to build a fair, inclusive, green planet for everyone.  

Raleigh will continue to fulfil this vision by focusing on creating life-enhancing journeys and transformational experiences for young people through international volunteering. These experiences will all make a positive, long-lasting impact in the communities where we work.  

Who are Impact Travel Group?

The Impact Travel Group (ITG) is an alliance of nine education and experiential brands committed to transformative travel experiences with cultural and environmental impact. Its brands include African Impact, Kaya Responsible Travel and World Endeavors, which are ethically well-aligned with Raleigh International, which is now part of this alliance.    

Read more about these organisations and the Impact Travel Group.

I lost money when Raleigh International Trust went into liquidation, can I get it back from you?

Sadly not. This money was paid to Raleigh International Trust, which ceased to exist when it went into liquidation. Hopefully, when Impact Travel Group acquired the Raleigh brand from the Receivers, more people who were owed money could be paid. However, this was entirely under the control of the Receivers managing the liquidation.

Regardless, recognising what a significant loss this would have been to so many young people, Impact Travel Group is offering very heavily discounted placements for 2023 for any young people who had paid something towards their Expedition but could not travel. Please email info@raleighinternational.org for more information.

My image appears on the Raleigh International website and I would like you to take it down.

Of course, this is no problem at all. Please get in touch with us via the contact us form and let us know which image (with links if possible) you would like us to remove.

Need more information about Expedition?

Consultation call

Whether you have a specific question or want to discuss which Expedition is right for you, schedule a call with a member of the team at a time convenient to you. 

Join an info event

On our monthly online info events, we’ll tell you all about Expedition. Have your questions answered, meet other volunteers and find out what Expedition is really like from an alumni.

Download a guide

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