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Health and Wellbeing Coordinator

Support young people with their health and well-being throughout Expedition ensuring they feel safe and secure in an environment outside of their comfort zone as the Health and Wellbeing Coordinator.

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Health and Wellbeing Coordinator Role Description

You will look after the volunteers from a pastoral perspective. You will support the young people with their well-being providing a physical or virtual environment where volunteers feel safe and secure.

You’ll deliver one-to-one coaching for volunteers when needed to ensure they get the most from the experience. This is a great opportunity for you to develop your own leadership skills and confidence.

You will either spend time out on the projects, at base camp or both.

“Raleigh has improved my confidence leading teams.”

Nicole | Volunteer Manager

Responsibilities

  • Support the team to maintain volunteer physical and mental health.
  • Deliver one-to-one support and mentoring for volunteers, to ensure they are supported and motivated to complete their projects whilst enabling them to develop their leadership and teamwork skills in the process. 
  • Be actively involved on Raleigh’s projects and help create change on the project sites.
  • Help prepare first aid kits for groups before they deploy to projects. Contribute to the planning, communications, and coordination of Raleigh’s volunteer teams to ensure the smooth running of your Expedition.

Benefits of being a Health and Wellbeing Coordinator with Raleigh International

  • Develop your youth work skills in a new environment
  • Work closely with the National Staff Team to learn more out the country ou are volunteering in
  • Health promotion for individuals and teams of young people.

Essential skills and qualifications

  • Mental health first aid qualification, with experience where possible and/or
  • Physical health first aid qualification – with proven working experience
  • Ability to lead and support a diverse team of international young people from a variety of different backgrounds
  • To be flexible and adaptable in a challenging environment

“I’ve done various courses so it’s nice to put some of that into practice. This gives me my first experience of working in these kinds of environments and I plan to take that and go on to do more Expedition-type medicine in the future.”

AddisonRaleigh Expedition Medic

Projects you can join in Costa Rica

On Expedition, you can participate in up to three project phases. (The 10-week Expedition will include all 3 phases; for the 7-week Expedition, you will take part in the trek and be assigned to either community or environmental.)

For more information please get in touch, and for a full itinerary of what your Costa Rica Expedition could look like, download your guide.

01. Community

Improve access to education in indigenous communities and support young people to develop the tools to prosper in later life.
Children in indigenous communities often face major barriers to accessing education, with illiteracy rates being considerably higher in indigenous areas in comparison to the rest of Costa Rica. You will work to support access to education by constructing educational centres and classrooms in indigenous communities, helping to provide the space for young people to develop the tools to prosper later in life.

02. Environmental

Partner with expert organisations to support biodiversity preservation and development in indigenous territories.
You will work with experts to develop skills and tools to become Active Global Citizens. Become part of a generation of defenders of the natural environment, to protect biodiversity and increase the resilience of disadvantaged rural communities. The climate emergency is one of the greatest challenges facing our planet. But with us you can get support to become leaders in the fight against climate change.

03. Adventure Leadership

Our Adventure Leadership projects take teams on challenging treks through rainforests and up volcanoes on a variety of stunning routes that tourists don’t get access to.
No matter what trekking experience you have, everyone starts and finishes trek together – come rain or shine! Supporting one another, not giving up and sharing your achievements together will be some of the most memorable and defining moments of your Expedition.

What can I expect on my Raleigh Expedition?

Everyone’s Expedition is slightly different – depending on how long you stay when you go and where. This is an outline of what you can expect from a 10-week Expedition. For a more in-depth description of life on a Costa Rica Expedition, including camp life and project info, download your sample itinerary.

Arrive at San José airport
You will be met by the country team

Induction and training (3-4 days)
Get to know your fellow volunteers and prepare for Expedition life. You’ll receive essential training on topics such as health and safety and cultural awareness.

Community Project (19- 21 days)
Volunteers work together on community projects agreed with partners and community leaders. You will be staying in a school classroom which is set up as a bedroom. You will be using all the school facilities (bathrooms, showers, kitchen).

Debrief at base camp (2-3 days)
At the end of each phase, everyone returns to the training centre for a few days before moving on to your next project. You’ll catch up with the rest of the Expedition team and start to prepare for your next project. Project groups will change between each phase, this is an important part of the Expedition experience.

Adventure Leadership Project (19 – 21 days)
On this trek, every day is different, including the weather and the accommodation. Go from camping on top of a mountain and sleeping under the stars to camping in a community centre.

Environmental Project (19 – 21 days)
Volunteers will support the maintenance and conservation of existing ecosystems and assist local communities to preserve such a biodiverse nature.

Final review at base (2 days)
All Expeditions end with everyone coming together for a final few days back at the training centre. Catch up with friends and celebrate all you have achieved together.

Projects you can join in South Africa

Whilst on Expedition, you can take part in up to three project phases. For a full itinerary of what your South Africa Expedition could look like, download your guide.

01. Community

This community-led project is focussed around finding sustainable solutions to issues such as poverty, low levels of education, food insecurity, and unemployment.
Each day you will walk into the adjacent community, working as a team on projects such as building sustainable food gardens. You will discover a warm welcome, gain an appreciation for the local culture and learn some of the Xitsonga language (one of the 11 official languages of South Africa)

02. Environmental

This phase will have direct impact on restoring a healthy habitat on land bordering the Kruger National Park.
You will be involved in alien plant removal, indigenous tree planting, combating soil erosion, snare sweeps, litter picks and road clearing. All of which will help accelerate the restoration of a wilderness. The work will be physical, dirty and fun, making a difference to the health of the habitat.

03. Adventure Leadership

Supported by our local experienced guide, medic and Raleigh leaders, your trek will allow you to explore a true wilderness, with no marked trails, facilities or shops along the way.
Everyone starts and finishes trek together, come rain or sun (or even snow!) and no matter what trekking experience you have beforehand. Supporting one another through these moments, not giving up and sharing your achievements together will be some of the most memorable and defining moments of your Expedition.

What can I expect on my Raleigh Expedition?

Everyone’s Expedition is slightly different – depending on how long you stay when you go and where. This is an outline of what you can expect from a 10-week Expedition. For a more in-depth description of life on a South Africa Expedition, including camp life and project info, download your sample itinerary.

Arrive at Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport
You will be met by the country team

Induction and training (3-4 days)
Get to know your fellow volunteers and prepare for Expedition life. You’ll receive essential training on topics such as health and safety and cultural awareness.

Community Project (19- 21 days)
Each day you will walk into the adjacent community, working as a team and sometimes alongside members of the community, working on building sustainable food gardens.

Debrief at base camp (2-3 days)
At the end of each phase, everyone returns to the training centre for a few days before moving on to your next project. You’ll catch up with the rest of the Expedition team and start to prepare for your next project. Project groups will change between each phase, this is an important part of the Expedition experience.

Adventure Leadership Project (19 – 21 days)
For this leg of your adventure, you will head to Drakensberg. You will travel together by bus for a day through northern South Africa, skirting around Swaziland and heading towards the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. 

Environmental Project (19 – 21 days)
Take part in physical conservation work in the reserve. The work will be physical, dirty and fun, making a difference to the health of the habitat.

Final review at base (2 days)
All Expeditions end with everyone coming together for a final few days back at the training centre. Catch up with friends and celebrate all you have achieved together.

Departure from Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport

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 and 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.

“It’s given me a lot more confidence about what to do next, just because you’re retired doesn’t mean you haven’t got those skills and experience.”

Kathy | Volunteer Manager

When can I go and how much?

We run three cycles every year during the following times.

2023 Costa Rica

Volunteer Manager Dates and Costs
CYCLE 1
FEBRUARY - APRIL

FULL

12 Weeks

30th January – 22nd April 2023
£2,641$3,200

Reserve
CYCLE 2
JUNE - AUGUST

13 Weeks
 (Office based roles)
9th June – 4th September 2023
£2,724$3,300

12 Weeks
 (Project Managers)
14th June – 4th September 2023
£2,641$3,200

11 Weeks
 (Project Managers)
14th June – 28th August 2023
£2,559$3,100

Reserve
CYCLE 3
OCTOBER - DECEMBER

13 Weeks
 (Office based roles)
20th September – 16th December 2023
£2,724$3,300

12 Weeks
 (Project Managers)
25th September – 16th December 2023
£2,641$3,200

Reserve

2023 South Africa

Volunteer Manager Dates and Costs
CYCLE 1
FEBRUARY - APRIL

Not available

13 Weeks

£2,724$3,300

Reserve
CYCLE 2
JUNE - AUGUST

12 Weeks

14th June – 4th September 2023
£2,641$3,200

9 Weeks

5th June – 30th July 2023
£2,500$2,900

Reserve
CYCLE 3
OCTOBER - DECEMBER

12 Weeks

25th September – 16th December 2023
£2,641$3,200

Reserve

2024 Costa Rica and South Africa

Volunteer Manager Dates and Costs
CYCLE 1
FEBRUARY - APRIL

12 Weeks

30th January – 20th April 2024
£2,641$3,200

Reserve
CYCLE 2
JUNE - AUGUST

12 Weeks

14th June – 3rd September 2024
£2,641$3,200

9 Weeks

14th June – 6th August 2024
£2,500$2,900

Reserve
CYCLE 3
OCTOBER - DECEMBER

12 Weeks

24th September – 15th December 2024
£2,641$3,200

Reserve

What’s included

  • Airport welcome and transfers
  • All food, transport and accommodation 
in Expedition country
  • 24-hour support from Expedition country 
office and UK staff
  • Safety expertise
  • Extensive pre-departure information and support
  • Local orientation, project training & equipment

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal kit
  • Travel insurance

A full breakdown of whats included and not included along with a welcome pack to help you prepare will be provided on application.

How to apply

We advise Volunteer Managers to apply well in advance of Expedition to give you the best chance of getting your first choice of role and country.

Volunteer Manager Application

Apply online

Complete the online form and upload a copy of your CV / résumé. Please tell us as much as you can about yourself, including relevant skills and experience. Don’t worry if you don’t know which role is right for you – just put ‘undecided’.

Assessment Event

If your application form is approved, you will be invited to attend an assessment event. This also gives you the opportunity to hear more about Raleigh Expedition. If successful, you will then be offered a place on one of our Expeditions.

Confirmation

To confirm your place on Expedition, we will ask you for a deposit of £350$350 when you receive our offer letter. This will be deducted from your total.

Pre-departure

Prepare for your expedition! Our team will support you and send you everything you need for your Expedition. You will then be invited to your Volunteer Manager Training event.

Available Volunteer Manager Roles

If you are age 25-75, we welcome you to apply to join Raleigh Expedition as part of the Volunteer Manager Team in one of five roles.

Project Manager

Your role will be to facilitate a group of young people aged 17-24 out on the project sites. You will be supporting the team to deliver Raleigh International’s project aims as well as monitoring and coaching the young people to help with their personal development.

Content Creator

Behind every project, every volunteer and every community member Raleigh supports, there is a story to be told. As the Content Creator, you will find these stories and work side-by-side with young people to generate exciting, engaging and high-quality content for Raleigh’s communications channels.

Photographer

Your primary role will be to identify and document powerful stories through photography and film. You will work alongside the volunteer content creator officer to gather visual content for our communications channels.

Health and Wellbeing Coordinator

You will look after the general health of the volunteers and will be the key point of contact in managing any medical emergencies. You will support the young people with their well-being providing an environment where volunteers feel safe and secure.

Logistics Coordinator

As the Logistics Officer, you will be essential to the smooth running of the programme. Your role is to ensure all food, equipment and materials are coordinated and supplied for volunteer teams at their project sites.