Are you a nurse, doctor or paramedic?

Join Raleigh International as a Volunteer Medic. Use your medical skills to volunteer abroad and support young people to create lasting change on our community, environmental and youth development projects in Costa Rica and Nepal.

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

This is a unique medical volunteering opportunity to get involved in worthwhile community, environmental and adventure leadership projects, all whilst building your experience and medical skills in a safe but challenging environment. Ideal for those taking a gap year in medicine or simply seeking a few months experience abroad. You can join Expedition either as a Project Medic or a Field base Medic.

Our projects

Our sustainable development programmes equip volunteers worldwide with the skills, networks and confidence to ignite global change where it is needed most. Our volunteers are supported in creating long-lasting change through projects that help to tackle environmental issues, improve access to water and sanitation facilities and increase access to educational facilities.

We will support you to work beyond your traditional role and gain skills to progress your career, whilst you in turn support our young people to create lasting impact and personally develop on our projects.

Joining as a Project Medic

As a Project Medic, you will lead a volunteer team out on remote project sites and/or trek on a youth adventure leadership project. You will be supported by another project manager to inspire and guide our volunteers (aged 17-24) on their own Expedition, using your medical skills as and when required.

In Costa Rica, your projects could include helping to build school infrastructure in remote communities or working alongside rangers on an environmental programme in one of the country’s incredible national parks.

In Nepal, our focus is on improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in vulnerable communities recovering from the 2015 earthquake and now from the Covid-19 outbreak.

Joining as a Country Office / Field base Medic

From our main country office in Costa Rica or Nepal, you will support volunteers across multiple projects organised by Raleigh International. This is a great opportunity to experience the ‘behind the scenes’ of our projects overseas and use your medicine skills to be part of the central operations team that leads the response to any incidents that occur within our team across the country.

You will spend most of your time based in our field base in Turrialba or Kathmandu, remotely supporting groups of young volunteers. You will have opportunities to visit teams on their project sites (Covid restrictions permitting) to provide first-hand medical support to volunteers and will have a distinct role from our project managers.

Expedition dates

Click the dates to choose when to volunteer abroad below

June – September 2021

Nepal

Role Dates Weeks Availability
Field base 14 Jun – 25 Aug 10.5 Limited spaces
Project site 21 Jun – 24 Aug 9 Places available
21 Jun – 19 Aug 7.5 Places available

Costa Rica

Role Dates Weeks Availability
Field base 16 Jun – 29 Aug 10.5 Limited spaces
Project site 22 Jun – 28 Aug 9.5 Places available
22 Jun – 5 Aug 6.5 Places available
8 Jul – 21 Aug 6.5 Places available
August – December 2021

Nepal

Role Dates Weeks Availability
Field base 30 Aug – 3 Dec 13 Limited spaces
Project site 2 Sep – 27 Nov 12 Limited spaces
26 Sep – 29 Nov 9 Limited spaces

Costa Rica

Role Dates Weeks Availability
Field base 12 Sep – 8 Dec 12 Limited spaces
Project site 14 Sep – 2 Dec 11 Limited spaces
6 Oct – 4 Dec 8 Limited spaces
January – April 2022

Nepal

Role Dates Weeks Availability
Field base 17 Jan – 21 Apr 13 Limited spaces
Project site 24 Jan – 21 Apr 12 Limited spaces

Costa Rica

Role Dates Weeks Availability
Field base 25 Jan – 28 Apr 13 Limited spaces
Project site 1 Feb – 28 Apr 12 Limited spaces
June – September 2022

Nepal

Role Dates Weeks Availability
Field base 9 Jun – 11 Sep 13 Limited spaces
Project site 16 Jun – 11 Aug 8 Limited spaces
16 Jun – 11 Sep 12 Limited spaces

Costa Rica

Role Dates Weeks Availability
Field base 7 Jun – 8 Sep 13 Limited spaces
Project site 14 Jun – 30 Aug 11 Limited spaces
14 Jun – 8 Sep 12 Limited spaces
September – Dec 2022

Nepal

Role Dates Weeks Availability
Field base 20 Sep – 22 Dec 13 Limited spaces
Project site 27 Sep – 22 Dec 12 Limited spaces

Costa Rica

Role Dates Weeks Availability
Field base 17 Sep – 19 Dec 13 Limited spaces
Project site 24 Sep – 19 Dec 12 Limited spaces

As a result of the global pandemic, we are pausing Expeditions in Tanzania, and will continue to take every precaution to ensure the safety of all our volunteers and staff. As a Raleigh Medic, your role is especially important for ensuring the health and safety of our volunteers around this, and we will ensure you have the support you need. Please click here for more information on our Covid-19 response and our future plans

How much does it cost?

Because of the specialist skills you are bringing, our fundraising targets for Medics are the most subsidised of all volunteer roles.

As a charity we talk about fundraising rather than costs and set a minimum fundraising target. This covers all in-country expenses for you, contributes towards Raleigh International’s programmes and secures your place. We encourage everyone to do some fundraising activities for their Expedition.

Our Expeditions are about prioritising long term impact, not profit. By joining you will be contributing towards the long-term goals of Raleigh International. We offer lots of ways to help with fundraising and we have supported thousands of young people to reach their target.

Ready to apply?

The process for applying for a role on Expedition is easy – just complete our application form in the link below and we’ll be in touch. You can also learn now about the steps to making an application, so you know what to expect.

Want to learn more?

If you’d like to find out more about Raleigh Expedition, attend one of our information events or download a copy of our Expedition Guide which is filled with information on the projects our volunteers contribute to and the countries we work in.

Attend an information event Download an Expedition Guide