Are you a nurse, doctor or paramedic?

Volunteer as a Raleigh Medic. Use your medical skills to volunteer abroad and support young people to create lasting change. Our volunteering programmes are based in Costa Rica, Nepal and Tanzania.

If you are a nurse, doctor or paramedic with at least two years post qualification experience you can apply to be part of Raleigh’s international medic team and develop your medicine skills on our overseas Expeditions.

This is a unique medical volunteering opportunity to get involved in worthwhile community and environmental projects spanning Africa, Asia and Central America, all whilst building your experience and skills in medicine in a practical, exciting environment. Ideal for those taking a gap year in medicine or simply seeking a few months experience abroad.

Medics in Tanzania

As a medic in Tanzania, you will support volunteers across multiple programmes delivered by Raleigh, including Expedition and ICS. This is a great opportunity to experience the ‘behind the scenes’ of Raleigh projects overseas and use your medicine skills to be part of the central operations team that leads the response to incidents.

You will spend the majority of your time based in our permanent office in Morogoro, remotely supporting groups of young volunteers. You will likely visit teams on their project sites to provide first hand medical support to volunteers, and will have a distinct role from our project managers.

Medics in Costa Rica

Our Costa Rica medics spend the majority of Expedition out with teams on remote project sites or trekking on an adventure leadership project. Here you will very much be sharing the project manager role, leading and guiding volunteer groups and using your medical skills as and when required.

In Costa Rica, medics may also spend up to one third of the Expedition based at our permanent office in Turrialba, where you will provide remote medical support to our volunteer teams out on projects.

Medics in Nepal

As in Costa Rica, most of our Nepal medics share the responsibilities of project managers for the majority of Expedition. You would lead our volunteers on project sites or trek, and draw on your medical skills where necessary. You may also spend time at our permanent office in Kathmandu, remotely supporting all programmes including ICS and Expeditions.

We also recruit ICS Medics for Nepal who spend most of their time assisting teams from the country office, whilst making occasional visits to support volunteer teams on project sites. Nepal ICS medics will not share project manager responsibilities.

Find Expedition dates


Dates Weeks Availability
Oct-Dec (TBA) 7-9 Applications closed
Dates Weeks Availability
17 Jan – 21 Apr 13 Places available
9 June – 11 Sept 13 Places available
9 June – 11 Aug 9 Places available
20 Sept – 22 Dec 13 Places available

Costa Rica

Dates Weeks Availability
Oct-Dec (TBA) 7-9 Applications closed

If you join us in Costa Rica as an Advance Medic, your start date will be one week earlier than given.

Dates Weeks Availability
25 Jan – 28 Apr 13 Places available
7 June – 29 Aug 12 Places available
7 June – 8 Sept 13 Places available
17 Sept – 19 Dec 13 Places available


Dates Weeks Availability
Cancelled None available
Dates Weeks Availability
18 Jan – 22 Apr 13 Places available
31 May – 24 Aug 12 Places available
31 May – 1 Sept 13 Places available
13 Sept – 16 Dec 13 Places available

A note on COVID-19: As a result of the global pandemic, Raleigh has unfortunately cancelled the full length Expeditions that would normally run between September and December 2020. However, we are optimistic that we can safely deliver a reduced version of these Expeditions in Nepal and Costa Rica, where our medics will be able to join us for 7-9 weeks instead of 12-13 as normally required. Your responsibilities and the impact you will be helping to make overseas will not be affected by these date changes. Full details about these Expeditions and Raleigh’s ongoing response to COVID-19 can be found here.

Please note that at the moment this opportunity is only open to those who were previously signed onto our Cycle 3 (September-December) Expeditions.

We are hopeful that our Expeditions in 2021 will be delivered as normal, and we will continue to take every precaution to ensure the safety of all our volunteers and staff.

Once you have applied, if you pass stage one of the application process you will then be invited to our Expedition Discovery Weekend based in East Grinstead, Sussex. If you are not based in the UK we will arrange a Skype or telephone interview.

The Expedition Discovery Weekend is a fun and intensive weekend, designed to give you a taste of Expedition life – so be ready to get your hands dirty! (There is a £48 charge to help us cover our costs). The weekend is facilitated by Raleigh alumni and will give us the chance to assess you as a potential volunteer manager. It also gives you the opportunity to decide whether Raleigh is right for you and ask our alumni about Expedition life!


Expedition fundraising costs

As a charity we talk about fundraising rather than costs. We encourage everyone to do some fundraising for their Expedition. Raleigh’s Expeditions are not funded by volunteer income alone. As a charity we need to raise funds from other sources to cover our costs and ensure our work is impactful. We do lots of fundraising to ensure they are as impactful as possible. And, we’re committed to supporting local volunteers in each Expedition country and disadvantaged young people from the UK to take part.

Find out more about how Raleigh spends its funds.

Expeditions are much more than what is achieved in 8, 11 or 13 weeks. They are about creating lasting change. As well as the communities and young people whose lives you will be impacting, don’t forget you will also be developing skills for your future too.

Our medic roles require specialist knowledge and skills so additional bursaries are available for these roles.

Expedition fundraising targets
Date Doctor Nurse/Paramedic
Cycle 1 (Jan – April) £2,400 £1,700
Cycle 2 (May – Aug) £1,600 £1,150
Cycle 3 (Sept – Dec) £2,400 £1,700

Your costs are not fully covered by your fundraising. All volunteer managers are being subsidised to take part. For further information please email:

Applications fill up fast for this opportunity, so don’t miss out!

For more information on either of the above roles please contact our friendly team:
Call us on +44 (0)207 183 1274

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