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Room to grow

Volunteering with Raleigh International is a unique opportunity for young people to step out of their comfort zone, learn new skills and experience new cultures.

Young people not only create a positive global impact but also develop personally and gain employability skills that can boost job prospects or academic performance at college or university.

For many of our volunteers, Raleigh Expedition is the first overseas trip they take without a parent, career or friends.

“My son has recently been a venturer in Costa Rica and I can see the growth in him from his experience, beautiful to see.”

Raleigh Alumni Parent

“It helped enhance my leadership skills and I became a better me. Volunteering not only creates youth leaders but also inspires youth in the community to work.”

Peter | Raleigh Alumni

Why choose Raleigh?

Entering adulthood is a transformational life stage. Raleigh International supports young people in gaining independence and new experiences to forge their own paths. We know that when provided with the knowledge, skills, and networks, young people can lead the way in building a better and more sustainable world for everyone.

Young people don’t always want to go it alone and that’s where Raleigh International comes in.

We believe that young people have the energy, passion, positivity and, above all, the ability to inspire change and lead on sustainable impact. On Expedition, young people will be inspired to keep making a difference long after the trip has ended.

Safety, Safety, Safety

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. Read more about our safety protocols here.

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

Our full-time staff in each country are highly experienced, committed and resourceful individuals selected and trained to ensure they uphold our high safety standards.

In addition to our full-time staff, we are supported by Volunteer Manager team who undertake support roles in our office and leading project teams on the ground. Volunteer Managers come from various backgrounds; all have broad basic skills and where necessary, we recruit volunteer managers with technical or recognised national governing body qualifications such as medics or mountain leaders.

Develop personally and professionally

Raleigh Expedition is a well-respected volunteering programme, and the skills gained will be invaluable additions to any CV. Young people develop their endurance, mental resilience, planning, teamwork and leadership, equipping them with new knowledge and experiences.

Young people not only develop personally and gain skills that will last with them forever but also help create a positive global impact.

Volunteers will work and socialise with young people from across the globe and a range of backgrounds, and often from bonds for life as part of a wider Raleigh Global community.

Cultural knowledge and awareness

Volunteers will meet and collaborate with people from around the world, including local volunteers from the Expedition country.

We work closely with local organisations and community members in all the countries we operate. Volunteers will be immersed in local communities and gain an appreciation for different cultures and ways of life.

Real impact

Raleigh International is dedicated to working with young people and communities to create meaningful and long-lasting impact. Our projects are developed alongside local communities to ensure our work is ethical, responsible, and relevant to the needs of these communities.

Our hope and mission is that young people will be inspired to keep making a difference long after their Expedition has ended.

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.

Be with people your age

Apart from team leaders and staff, you will be grouped with people aged 17-24. This is unique to Raleigh.

A community environment like no other

Share the experience with the same group for the duration of your trip. Learn to help and support each other and make friends for life.

Varied experiences

You will have the opportunity to take part in up to three phases contributing to community and environmental projects allowing you to gain more skills and experiences.

Diverse and Inclusive

Volunteers join diverse teams of young people from across the globe as well as volunteers from the country you are based in.

Real adventure

Raleigh Expedition is an exciting and fun experience that will push you out of your comfort zone (in a safe environment!).

Future ready

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

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.

FAQ's

Frequently asked questions about Raleigh Expedition

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 every Expedition. 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 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

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. Volunteer Managers and country staff will always stay with volunteers, and 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 of course at lunch. Volunteers will be able to relax and enjoy the evenings and have days of rest between projects.

What happens if there is an issue with my child's behaviour?

We have a strict Code of Conduct (read it here) outlining the behaviour we expect from all our volunteers. It also outlines the measures if volunteers fail to comply with the Code.

If necessary, we will contact the Next of Kin with any issues and work together to resolve them if needed/possible.

If the volunteer is under 18 (17 years old) we will inform the Next of Kin of any issue.