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Re:Green - Volunteer in Scotland

We must protect nature. Take action on Re:Green in the Western Highlands of Scotland on a 2 or 4 week placement.

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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.

Re:Green is a conservation and youth leadership programme for 18-24-year-olds taking place in remote areas of the Scottish Highlands on 2 and 4-week placements. You will help restore Scottish woodlands, get a crash course on climate campaigning, and take on some of the UK’s most challenging but beautiful terrains on an 11-day adventure leadership trek.

Re:Green will build a movement of young people, conservation organisations and communities united in taking action towards a greener and fairer society. Join our movement of young people across the globe taking action on climate change.

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What will I be doing?

Ignite your passion for conservation in this 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.

Equip yourself with skills to become a climate activist and learn about sustainability and environmental action in the UK. 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. Mobilise yourself and others to take action by joining 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.

Programme Highlights  

Unique locations

 Have the chance to camp in some of the most beautiful and remote parts of the UK, alongside lochs, glens, pristine beaches or in private accommodation in woodland estates. Visit rare and unique locations such as the Knoydart Peninsular – ‘the UK’s last remaining wildernesses.  

Self-Development

Re:Green challenges young people to step out of their comfort zone, develop personally and build resilience and independence. Learn how to set up camp, cook over an open fire, map read and generally go back to basics.  

Ignite your passion for conservation

Work with some of the most experienced environmentalists in the region to improve your conservation experience and reconnect with nature. Activities could include: tree planting, marine and oyster conservation, bridge building and setting up camera traps for wildlife monitoring.  

Gain your Gold DofE

We are an Approved Activity Provider of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. This means that you can contribute towards the Residential section of your Gold DofE Awards by volunteering on Re:Green or a Raleigh Expedition.  

Receive a John Muir Award

By joining Re: Green, you will receive a certificate from the John Muir Award which can help with employability skills and is a great way to recognise your achievement.  You will be eligible for the conserver award which is the John Muirs highest level accolade! 

About Scotland's 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 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 will help preserve this vital landscape.

When can I join?

4 weeks (Conservation, Climate Campaigning and a youth leadership trek)

Dates in 2022

Availability

Application Deadline

11 June – 08 July Spaces available 16 April
23 July – 19 August Spaces available 30 May
07 September – 04 October Spaces available 13 July

2 weeks (Conservation & Climate Campaign project)

Dates in 2022

Availability

Application Deadline

16 April – 29 April Spaces available 19 February
11 June – 24 June Spaces available 16 April
23 July – 05 August Spaces available 30 May
07 September – 20 September Spaces available 13 July

How much is the fundraising target?

Programme length

UK volunteer minimum fundraising target

International volunteer minimum fundraising target

2 weeks £695 $1,495
4 weeks £1,385 $1,995

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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FULLY FUNDED RE:GREEN PLACES

Access financial support

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. Apply quickly as these places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

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Hear from our Re:Green alumni

“I knew that Scotland had forest but I didn’t know that it was rainforest. Taking part in Re:Green has helped give me new respect for the environment and understand what more I can do to protect it… Since being on Re:Green, my confidence has increased, I’ve developed new skills, it’s helped me with life skills like cooking, washing up, teamwork and helped me mature even more. I’ve also realised that I have more strength than I thought… If I have inspired anyone reading this to consider applying for Re:Green, I would say: ‘Go for it!’"

"Re:Green is great for team building but the most important thing about it is it teaches people to look after the environment. If someone was thinking about applying for Re:Green, I'd say: 'Get it done'... If you want to learn more about conservation, this is the place to be."

"If I had to sum up my Re:Green experience in three words, I would say: Impactful. Exciting. Adventurous. I’ve particularly enjoyed sitting around the campfire in the evenings. We really bond after a day working together and then we sing and have great conversations. It’s been wonderful getting to know everyone, and we’re a really tight group now."

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.

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