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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, reforest 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.

The Young & Green Fund

The Young & Green Fund is supporting up to 25 young people (18-24 years old) to join the programme. More details below.

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.

What are the Re:Green projects?

Become a conservationist: 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 and reforestation, habitat and wildlife monitoring, as well as trail maintenance.

Become a climate campaigner: 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 the youth leadership challenge: 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.

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?

Raleigh International has recently received additional funding to support young people to take part in Re:Green this summer.

The Young & Green Fund is supporting up to 25 young people (18-24 years old) to join the programme . First-come-first-served.

Programme length

Minimum fundraising target

Young & Green (reduced) Fundraising Target

2 weeks £1,095 £95
4 weeks £1,995 £150

What this includes: Your food, accommodation, project/safety equipment, transport from central Glasgow to the project site and throughout the programme.

What this does not include: Your travel to central Glasgow, personal kit.

Find out more information about where your money goes.

This opportunity is for you if you are 18-24 and are from/or are currently living in Scotland.

The Young and Green Fund also supports those applying for Volunteer Manager positions (up to 30 years old) this summer from all backgrounds.

We value the diversity of our volunteers and encourage applications from all sectors of our community including those from under-represented groups.


If you apply for Re:Green, you can enter into a prize draw to win a free black Vango backpack from Cotswolds Outdoors – the perfect piece of kit for your trip! This prize is in partnership with Young Scot and contestants will be given a unique code to enter the competition once they have submitted their Re:Green application.

Download our Fundraising Guide

What’s safety measures will be in place on the UK programme?

Safety is at the heart of everything that we do. We will make sure that the programme is delivered safely, and in line with the latest Covid-19 restrictions. We are externally accredited to British Safety 8848, the Gap Year Association (USA), and Year Out Group (UK).


Application form. 

  1. If you are applying for the Young and Green Fund, please state this on your application form by including ‘I am applying for the Young and Green Fund’ alongside your answer in the box that asks: ‘Please tell us, in your own words, what you understand to be the aims of Raleigh International as an organisation’.
  2. When applying, please add whether you are part of Young Scot or Youth Enterprise Scotland in the application form under the question ‘What are your motivations for taking part?’. Eligible applications will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.

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 RainforestAlliance for Scotland’s Rainforest to protect and restore this globally important habitat.