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Volunteering abroad for over 25 year olds

Be a Volunteer Manager on a Raleigh Expedition, supporting young people and local communities on sustainable development projects overseas.

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Are you looking for a career break, volunteer experience or just want to take action on the world’s most urgent problems? Raleigh Expedition is a unique opportunity to work alongside and support young people as our leaders of tomorrow, whilst working in partnership with local communities to create lasting change.

Our sustainable development programmes equip volunteers worldwide with the skills, networks and confidence to ignite global change where it is needed most. To do this, we require the support of our Volunteer Managers – teams of volunteers aged 25-75 that encompass a wide range of roles across our project sites and offices overseas – to ensure the safe and effective delivery of our programmes and projects.

We’ve been connecting communities and volunteers for over 35 years, with over 55,000 alumni. We welcome you to join our Expeditions in Costa Rica or Nepal in one of eight possible roles across our Volunteer Manager team.

Read our Covid-19 update.

Our projects

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

We partner with environmental organisations in Costa Rica to help maintain the country’s natural biodiversity on our environmental projects. We also work with local communities to enhance knowledge, help people manage natural resources and adapt to climate change.

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 the trek.

Volunteer Manager roles

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.

For project-based Volunteer Managers

You could live and work in a national park on an environmental education initiative, 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.

For office-based Volunteer Managers

You will be stationed at Raleigh Costa Rica’s base in Turrialba, carrying out the essential day-to-day running of Expeditions and visiting the project sites. 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.

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.

For project-based Volunteer Managers

You could work alongside Nepalese communities to change behaviours that will improve lives and health. If joining a trek phase, you will lead our volunteers through the stunning landscapes of Makwanpur or the Ruby Valley, whilst supported by local guides.

For office-based Volunteer Managers

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 the opportunity to visit during your Expedition.

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

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


Costa Rica

Role

Dates

Weeks

Availability

Country Office 08 Sep – 8 Dec 12 Limited spaces
Project Site 14 Sep – 6 Dec 11 Limited spaces
Project Site 14 Sep – 22 Nov 8 Limited spaces


January – April 2022

Nepal

Role

Dates

Weeks

Availability

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

 

Costa Rica

Role

Dates

Weeks

Availability

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

 

June – September 2022

Nepal

Role

Dates

Weeks

Availability

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

 

Costa Rica

Role

Dates

Weeks

Availability

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

 

September – December 2022

Nepal

Role

Dates

Weeks

Availability

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

Costa Rica

Role

Dates

Weeks

Availability

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

 

Project based roles: Project Manager, Adventure Project Manager, Spanish Interpreter.

Office based roles: Administrator, Logistics Officer, Content Creator, Photographer.

Please do get in touch if you would like to know more about the specific time frame for a role.

For Medic dates and opportunities, please visit our main page for Medic roles.

We advise Volunteer Managers to apply well in advance (6-12 months) to give you the best chance of getting your first choice of role and country, although it is sometimes possible to join an Expedition leaving within three months. 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 Volunteer Managers

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.

If you are Mountain Leader trained or assessed, please get in touch as we can offer a 50-58% discount on your target given your specialist skills.

You can fundraise for some or all your Expedition fundraising target. Your money is going to support our work to build a sustainable future for everyone and covers nearly all expenses for you while you are in your Expedition country (more detail below):

June – August

Duration

Fundraising Target

13 weeks £2,200
11 weeks £2,150
6, 10 weeks £2,100

 

September – December & January – April

Duration

Fundraising Target

12,13 weeks £2,700
8,11 weeks £2,100

 

Find out more about how Raleigh raises and spend its funds (PDF)

What is included?

What is not included?

Why choose Raleigh Expedition

Take a career boost, not a break – Raleigh Expedition is an opportunity to practically build your skills to transform your career and life at home, whilst working on meaningful projects in a unique environment. Our projects are developed in partnership with communities and local organisations to ensure we are creating change that lasts. And by making young people the focus, we are equipping the next generation with the skills and experience to achieve this in the long-term. After Expedition you can join our alumni network of over 55,000 volunteers and return with friendships made from all over the world.

Training and Support

We have a dedicated team to support you with information and training before and during your Expedition. Whilst some specific experience is required for particular roles, you don’t need specialist skills or knowledge of our projects. We will give you thorough online training beforehand as well as during your induction when you arrive in your Expedition country. 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 of your Expedition.

Next steps

Register for one of our information events and find out more about what Raleigh Expeditions are really like from our events co-ordinator Georgia who is an alumna of Raleigh Expedition. She will be able to answer any questions and give you more of an insight into what volunteering with Raleigh International is really like.

Join an information event

Whether you have a question or would just like to find out more information about Raleigh Expedition, book a call with a member of the team and they will be happy to call you at a time convenient to you.

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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.

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 Volunteer Manager Training (an online event) to meet your team and start your training.

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