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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.

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The COP26 Bursary

Thanks to the generous contributions of our supporters and donors, we are able to offer fully-funded places to enthusiastic young people who want to join Re: Green this October on 1 or 2-week placements. These places are open to any young person who cares about the environment and wants to take action on climate change as the world leaders gather in Glasgow for the COP26 summit. Tell us why you are passionate about taking action on the climate emergency to get a place on this programme. We have 30 spaces available and all we require is a £50 non-refundable deposit to take part! Apply quickly as these places are allocated on a first come first-served basis.

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What will I be doing?

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.

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?

2 weeks (Conservation & Climate Campaign project)

Dates in 2021


Application Deadline

30 October – 12 November Spaces available 03 October

1 week (Conservation & Climate Campaign project)

Dates in 2021


Application Deadline

30 October – 07 November Spaces available 03 October

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

Dates in 2022 – coming soon!

How much is the fundraising target?

If you are applying for the COP26 bursary, please apply via the main application page and tell us why you are passionate about tackling climate change to get one of those 30 available places! A £50 non-refundable deposit is required to apply.

Programme length

UK volunteer minimum fundraising target

International volunteer minimum fundraising target

2 weeks £875 $1,295
4 weeks £1,595 $2,355

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

*Accommodation for our November placement will be in lodges or residential centres.

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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What Jamie has to say about Re:Green

“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!’" - Jamie, 18, from Cheshire

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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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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