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Nature is our lifeline against the climate emergency. But the UK’s most precious habitats and native woodlands are in trouble. We need to protect them. We must rewild, protect and restore our natural world. We must Re:Green.

Be one of 200 volunteers to take action on Re:Green in the Western Highlands of Scotland on 2 or 4 week projects to protect the Scottish rainforest and ancient woodland.

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Did you know Scotland has rainforest?!

The Scottish rainforest is rare native woodland found on the west coast of Scotland. It is a natural lifeline which locks in carbon, provides local livelihoods, and supports communities that live within and around it. But it is under threat. Only 30,000 hectares of Scottish rainforest remain, but this is threatened by overgrazing, invasive plant species, tree disease, air pollution, and climate change. Working in partnership with the Alliance for Scotland’s Rainforest, Re:Green Volunteers aged 18-24 will take action to preserve this vital landscape on Raleigh International’s first-ever UK programme. Are you worried about the climate emergency? You might feel helpless. But you do not need to. Join Re:Green and seize the moment to take action for our environment. Re:Green volunteers will support the work of the Alliance for Scotland’s Rainforest.


The Re:Green Access Fund

Raleigh International is committed to ensuring our programmes are accessible to all young people from a range of backgrounds. We welcome applications from all young people who might otherwise find it difficult to raise the full fundraising target for Re:Green. All you need to do is pay a £50 deposit to secure your place on Re:Green. Once the programme is completed the deposit will be refunded, or you can decide to donate it. If you think you may struggle to pay the deposit please get in touch with us and we can help. Apply quickly as these places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

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What are the Re:Green projects?

Play an important part in the essential work to conserve and restore the Scottish rainforest and other ancient woodland. Take part in nature conservation activities in remote locations which can include supporting the removal of invasive plant species, restoration, rewilding green spaces, tree-planting, habitat and wildlife monitoring, as well as trail maintenance.

Learn about sustainability and environmental action in the UK on a crash course on climate campaigning. Throughout your time on Re:Green you will gain knowledge to conserve our natural world and develop a strong grounding in environmental action which you can take with you beyond the Re:Green programme. You can also join Raleigh International’s climate campaign Action Not Excuses.

Take on some of the UK’s most challenging but beautiful terrains on an 11-day remote trek, wild-camping in the Scottish Highlands. Venture off the beaten path with your team of fellow young volunteers and learn essential skills in leadership, teamwork, planning, problem-solving and resilience.

When can I join?


All dates will be subject to local and national Covid-19 restrictions and safety measures. Read more information on our Covid-19 response and our future plans.

If you are 23 or 24 and have relevant leadership experience, you can also choose to apply for one of our Volunteer Manager roles, full details here. If you are unsure which fits you best, please apply as a volunteer in the first instance, let us know your preferences and will be in touch.

2 weeks (Conservation & Climate Campaign project)

Dates in 2021


Application Deadline

4 September – 17 September Spaces available 16 August
30 October – 12 November Spaces available 16 September

4 weeks (Conservation, Climate Campaign and Youth Leadership Challenge)

Dates in 2021


Application deadline

4 September – 1 October Spaces available 16 August

How much is the fundraising target?

Thanks to the generous contributions of our supporters and donors we are able to offer a reduced fundraising target for the first 100 volunteers that sign-up to Re:Green in 2021.

Programme length

Minimum fundraising target

2 weeks £875
4 weeks £1,595

If you are not able to raise the full fundraising target you could apply for the Re:Green Access Fund or the Young and Green Fund.

Programme length

Access Fund

Young and Green Fund

2 weeks £50 returnable deposit £95
4 weeks £50 returnable deposit £150

What this includes: Your food, accommodation, transport throughout the programme, project and safety equipment.

What this does not include: Your travel* to and from the pick-up and drop-off points, personal kit.

*We will organise a bus, with pick-up and drop-offs at London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow (central locations)

Find out more information about where your money goes.

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Next steps

Register for one of our information events and find out more about what’s involved on Re:Green. We will answer any questions and give you an insight into what volunteering with Raleigh International is really like.

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Whether you have a question or would just like to find out more information about Re:Green, 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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Images provided by Saving Scotland’s Rainforest. SSR is a project led by the Alliance for Scotland’s Rainforest to protect and restore this globally important habitat.