Are you a nurse, doctor or paramedic?

Volunteer as a Raleigh Medic. Use your skills to support young people to create lasting change overseas. 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.

Medics in Tanzania

In Tanzania, you will support volunteers across multiple programmes, including Expedition and ICS. This is a unique opportunity to experience the ‘behind the scenes’ of Raleigh projects and be part of the central operations team that leads the response to incidents.

You will spend the majority of the time based in our permanent office in Morogoro, supporting groups remotely. You will likely visit teams on their project sites to provide first hand support, 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 a youth 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 support to 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 the majority of their time assisting teams from the country office, whilst making occasional visits to support teams on project sites. Nepal ICS medics will not share project manager responsibilities.

Other Medic opportunities

Innovative Clinical Fellows – Expedition SpR

Ready for a unique work opportunity? Want to put your medical skills to the challenge, whilst supporting young people to create lasting change overseas?

Raleigh and Portsmouth Hospitals Emergency Department have joined forces in a unique partnership to offer you something completely different for 2020.

Portsmouth Hospital are recruiting Clinical Fellows at Core level (F3-ST3) and STY level + for their Emergency Team, working with both the Trust and Raleigh.

Successful candidates will get the opportunity to take a 3 month paid break to work as a Medic on a Raleigh Expedition in Costa Rica, Tanzania or Nepal. Here you will provide medical support to young volunteers (aged 17-24), join the central field base team that responds to incidents and more. The rest of your time will be spent working in the Trust’s Emergency Department as a doctor.

Application process

Application deadline is 28 November 2019. Apply to for the role and find out more information here. To discuss this opportunity further, please contact Lorna Wiggins, HR Business Partner on 02392 282301 or

Find Expedition dates


Dates Weeks Availability
9 Jan – 2 May 15 Places available
8 June – 10 Sept 13 Places available
8 June – 10 Aug 9 Places available
17 Sept – 20 Dec 13 Places available

Costa Rica

Dates Weeks Availability
1 Feb – 27 Apr 12 Places available
13 June – 29 Aug 10 Places available
13 June – 7 Sept 12 Places available
19 Sept – 14 Dec 12 Places available

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


Dates Weeks Availability
18 Jan – 8 May 16 Places available
30 May – 23 Aug 12 Places available
30 May – 31 Aug 13 Places available
8 Sept – 9 Dec 13 Places available

Please note, we can occasionally take Medics for a shorter period during our Cycle 2 Expeditions.

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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