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Are you a nurse, doctor or paramedic?

Be a Volunteer Medic using your medical skills to support young people and create change on sustainable development projects overseas.

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Volunteering on a Raleigh Expedition

If you are a nurse, doctor or paramedic with at least two years post qualification experience, you can join Raleigh International’s medic team and develop your medical, leadership and team skills on our overseas Expeditions. This is a unique medical volunteering opportunity to get involved in worthwhile projects, 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. Our medic team consist of Office Medics and Project Medics, who are equally essential to the safe and impactful running of our programmes.

About our impact Hear from a previous Medic

Our projects

Community: Our community projects improve access to water, sanitation and health in rural Nepalese communities and access to education in Costa Rica. We work in partnership with communities to identify where change is needed most and create lasting positive impact.

Environment: We partner with environmental organisations in Costa Rica to help maintain its natural biodiversity on our environmental projects. We also work with local communities to enhance knowledge, help people sustain rural resources and adapt to climate change

Adventure: Our Adventure Leadership projects take teams on challenging treks through incredible landscapes, whilst developing key leadership and teamwork skills. Foster the development of your team and support each other to complete your trek.

Join as an Office Medic

From our main country office in Costa Rica or Nepal, you will support all volunteer teams across multiple projects organised by Raleigh International. This is an essential role to ensure the safe running of our programmes, and 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.

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Join as a Project Medic

As a Project Medic, you will lead a volunteer team out on remote project sites, encompassing our community, environmental and/or an adventure leadership trek project. You will be supported by another Project Manager to inspire and guide our volunteers (aged 17-24) on their Expeditions, using your medical skills as and when required to support the general health of your team.

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. It is home to 26 national parks and 500,000 species of animal, representing 4% of total species worldwide despite being only 0.03% of the world’s landmass. Despite its popularity for tourists, there is significant income disparity between the richest and poorest communities. Our volunteers help to preserve Costa Rica’s biodiversity and address inequality, working with young people and local project partners to preserve its natural resources, increase the resilience of communities to climate change and improve access to education.

As an Office Medic

You will be stationed at Costa Rica’s office in Turrialba, carrying out the essential day-to-day running of Expedition between project site visits. Our office is surrounded by lush farmland, hills and rivers, within walking distance of Turrialba town, and has a great sense of space and connection to the outdoors.

As a Project Medic

You could live and work in a national park on an environmental project, join forces with indigenous communities to support the education of some of Costa Rica’s most disadvantaged children, or lead teams across an incredible variety of landscapes on trek.

Nepal

Volunteer in the world’s highest country and work with local communities whilst experiencing Nepal’s rich history and vibrant culture. Nepal’s Gorkha and Makwanpur regions were badly affected by the 2015 earthquake and a lot of water sources and infrastructure in these rural communities were badly damaged or already insufficient. Our projects range from helping to build gravity fed water systems and hand washing facilities, to organising awareness raising days about water borne illnesses.

As an Office Medic

You will largely support these projects from our main office in Kathmandu, which you will walk through each day from your accommodation off site. Kathmandu is rich in history and culture, with Hindu and Buddhist temples dating to the 12th century and teeming with vibrant streets and marketplaces that you will have opportunity to explore during your Expedition.

As a Project Medic

You could be working alongside communities to change behaviours that will improve lives and health through our remote WASH based projects. If joining a trek project, you will lead our volunteers through the stunning landscapes of Makwanpur or the Ruby Valley whilst supported by local guides.

Expedition dates

Secure your place on Expeditions from August 2021 onwards. You can find out more about our COVID-19 response and our future plans here.

We have Expeditions running during the following dates:

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August – December 2021

Nepal

Role

Dates

Weeks

Availability

Office Medic 30 Aug – 3 Dec 13 Limited spaces
Project Medic 2 Sep – 27 Nov 12 Limited spaces
26 Sep – 29 Nov 9 Limited spaces

Costa Rica

Role

Dates

Weeks

Availability

Office Medic 12 Sep – 8 Dec 12 Limited spaces
Project Medic 14 Sep – 2 Dec 11 Limited spaces
6 Oct – 4 Dec 8 Limited spaces

January – April 2022

Nepal

Role

Dates

Weeks

Availability

Office Medic 17 Jan – 21 Apr 13 Limited spaces
Project Medic 24 Jan – 21 Apr 12 Limited spaces

 

Costa Rica

Role

Dates

Weeks

Availability

Office Medic 25 Jan – 28 Apr 13 Limited spaces
Project Medic 1 Feb – 28 Apr 12 Limited spaces

 

June – September 2022

Nepal

Role

Dates

Weeks

Availability

Office Medic 9 Jun – 11 Sep 13 Limited spaces
Project Medic 16 Jun – 11 Aug  8 Limited spaces
16 Jun – 11 Sep 12 Limited spaces

 

Costa Rica

Role

Dates

Weeks

Availability

Office Medic 7 Jun – 8 Sep 13 Limited spaces
Project Medic 14 Jun – 30 Aug 11 Limited spaces
14 Jun – 8 sep 12 Limited spaces

 

September – December 2022

Nepal

Role

Dates

Weeks

Availability

Office Medic 20 Sep – 22 Dec 13  Limited spaces
Project Medic 27 Sep – 22 Dec 12 Limited spaces

Costa Rica

Role

Dates

Weeks

Availability

Office Medic 17 Sep – 19 Dec 13 Limited spaces
Project Medic 24 Sep – 19 Dec 12 Limited spaces

 

These are the general timelines for our Volunteer Medics, divided by Project and Office roles. Please do get in touch if you would like to know more about the specific time frame for a role. For Volunteer Manager timelines, please visit our main page for these other non-Medic roles. We advise you to apply well in advance to give you the best chance of getting your first choice of role and country (ideally 6-12 months), although it is possible to join an Expedition leaving within three months (depending on availability). To do this please get in touch with us as soon as possible, to talk through what is involved and fast track your application.


Fundraising for Medics

Our fundraising targets are significantly reduced for our Medics from our other Volunteer Manager roles, given the specialist skills and experience you are bringing. For further details please email volunteermanagers@raleighinternational.org Raleigh Expeditions are partly funded by volunteer fundraising efforts. However, as a charity, we also raise funds from other sources to support the design, delivery and evaluation of long term and impactful programmes. We are also committed to supporting local volunteers in each Expedition country and disadvantaged young people from the UK to take part. You can fundraise for some or all the cost of your Expedition. Your money is going to support our work to build a sustainable future for everyone and covers nearly all expenses for you in-country (more detail below):

April – June

Duration

Doctors

Nurses & Paramedics

Office Medic (regardless of qualifications)

8 – 9 weeks £1,600 £1,150 £800

 

June – September

Duration

Doctors

Nurses & Paramedics

Office Medic (regardless of qualifications)

6 – 13 weeks £1,600 £1,150 £800

 

September – December

Duration

Doctors

Nurses & Paramedics

Office Medic (regardless of qualifications)

12 – 13 weeks £2,400 £1,700 £800
8 – 11 weeks £1,600 £1,150 £800

Find out how Raleigh International raises and spends its funds (PDF)

What is included?

What is not included?

Training and Support

We have a dedicated team to support you with information and training before and during your Expedition. You don’t need prior experience in remote or tropical medicine – many Medics find our Expeditions a great first step towards further work with international NGOs and in sustainable development. We will give you thorough online training beforehand as well as during your induction when you arrive. This will include Medic-specific training organised by our International Medical Lead. We will also send you everything you need to know and prepare in advance and share how you can support the personal development of young people on your Expedition.

Next steps

How to apply

Step 1 – Apply online and upload your CV / résumé

Complete the online form and upload a copy of your CV / résumé. Please tell us as much as you can about yourself, what you are currently doing and what relevant skills and experience you can bring to an Expedition. Don’t worry if you don’t know which role is right for you – just put ‘undecided’.

Step 2 – Online Assessment Event

If your application form is approved, you will be invited to attend an Online Assessment. This is a great way for us to assess your potential and gives you the opportunity to hear more from us and decide whether a Raleigh Expedition is right for you.

As a Medic we will additionally ask you to complete a questionnaire to learn more about your experience and confirm your suitability.

We will be in touch within one week of the Assessment to let you know if you have been successful. You will then be offered a place on one of our Expeditions – this offer is valid for two years from your application.

Step 3 – Deposit

To confirm your place on Expedition, we will ask you for a £200 deposit when you receive our offer letter. This will be deducted from your fundraising target total.

Step 4 – Pre-departure preparation

Our Volunteer Journey Team will support you to get started with your fundraising, book your flights, vaccinations and visas. You will then be invited to your training event to meet your team and start your training.

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