Volunteering abroad for over 25 year olds

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Aged between 25-75 and seeking a change of scene? Thinking about a career break or ready to embrace a new challenge? You’ve come to the right place – Change Starts Here through our Volunteer Manager roles.

Raleigh Expedition is an exciting opportunity for you to work alongside and support young people to become leaders and empower communities to create lasting change.

We’ve been connecting communities and volunteers for over 35 years and would love you to join us:

  • Live and work in some of the world’s most breath-taking landscapes across Costa Rica or Nepal.
  • Use your skills and experience in roles on project sites or in our international offices.
  • Be the driving force behind change in marginalised communities through our water, sanitation and hygiene and community resilience projects.
  • Lead and inspire groups of young volunteers aged 17-24.
  • Take an active role protecting natural resources and vulnerable environments.
  • Develop your leadership skills and make friends from all over the world.

Where can I go?

We believe young people everywhere are able to change the world. All the countries we work in have large youth populations, which we seek to empower to have the greatest project impact. These countries are heavily impacted by climate change, with those in rural areas often the most affected.

Let us know where you would like to volunteer but we ask you to keep an open mind as you will be placed where your skills and energy are most needed. Wherever you go, you can be certain your experience will be exciting, positive and impactful.

Our roles

We welcome people from all over the world with a variety of experience onto our Expeditions as Volunteer Managers, which encompass three different types of positions.

Project Site roles – Lead and inspire volunteer groups on our project sites.

Field base roles – ensure the smooth running of our programmes from our local office or field base in one of several different positions.

Medic roles – use your experience as a doctor, nurse or paramedic to help us deliver safe and impactful programmes.

If you’re interested in finding out what happens day-to-day, take a look at a day in the life.

Expedition dates

We run Expeditions throughout the year. Departing in April, June, July and September. Dates are different by role and country.

Covid-19 update: We are looking forward to restarting programmes in Costa Rica and Nepal in April 2021. As a result of the global pandemic, Raleigh has unfortunately cancelled all planned Expeditions in 2020 and we are pausing Expedition in Tanzania in 2021. We will continue to take every precaution to ensure the safety of all our volunteers and staff. Full details about this and Raleigh’s ongoing response to COVID-19 can be found here.

Select your year


Role Dates Weeks Availability
Field base 9 Apr – 11 Jun 9 Limited spaces
17 Jun – 29 Aug 10 Limited spaces
30 Aug – 3 Dec 13 Limited spaces
Project site 12 Apr – 5 Jun 8 Limited spaces
20 Jun – 23 Aug 9 Places available
17 Jul – 4 Sep 7 Places available
2 Sep – 27 Nov 12 Limited spaces
26 Sep – 29 Nov 9 Limited spaces
Costa Rica
Role Dates Weeks Availability
Field base 7 Apr – 8 Jun 9 Limited spaces
21 Jun – 18 Sep 13 Limited spaces
12 Sep – 8 Dec 12 Limited spaces
Project site 9 Apr – 2 Jun 8 Limited spaces
22 Jun – 9 Sep 11 Places available
22 Jun – 4 Aug 6 Places available
5 Aug – 17 Sep 6 Places available
14 Sep – 2 Dec 11 Limited spaces
6 Oct – 4 Dec 8 Limited spaces


Role Dates Weeks Availability
Field base 17 Jan – 21 Apr 13 Limited spaces
9 Jun – 11 Sep 13 Limited spaces
20 Sep – 22 Dec 13 Limited spaces
Project site 24 Jan – 21 Apr 12 Limited spaces
16 Jun – 11 Aug 8 Limited spaces
16 Jun – 11 Sep 12 Limited spaces
27 Sep – 22 Dec 12 Limited spaces
Costa Rica
Role Dates Weeks Availability
Field base 25 Jan – 28 Apr 13 Limited spaces
7 Jun – 8 Sep 13 Limited spaces
17 Sep – 19 Dec 13 Limited spaces
Project site 1 Feb – 28 Apr 12 Limited spaces
14 Jun – 30 Aug 11 Limited spaces
14 Jun – 8 Sep 12 Limited spaces
24 Sep – 19 Dec 12 Limited spaces

These are the general timelines for our Volunteer Managers, as divided by Field base and Project site roles. We also have some additional Project Site roles finishing 4 days after the given end date, if you are able to stay on longer. Please do get in touch if you would like to know more about the specific time frame for a role, for Medic timelines, please visit our main page for Medic roles here.

We advise Volunteer Managers to apply at least 6 months in advance to give you the best chance of getting your first choice of role and country. This will also give you more time to raise your funds.

It is sometimes possible to join an Expedition leaving within three months. To do this please get in touch with us as soon as possible to talk through what’s involved and fast track your application.

How much does it cost?

As we are a charity you can fundraise for some or all the cost of your Expedition. Your money is going to support our work to build a sustainable future for everyone.

Expedition fundraising targets
Period Expedition Duration Fundraising target
Apr – Jun 8, 9 weeks £2,100
Jun – Sep 13 weeks £2,200
11 weeks £2,150
6, 7, 9, 10 weeks £2,100
Sep -Dec 12, 13 weeks £2,700
8, 10, 11 weeks £2,100

Your Expedition costs are not fully covered by your fundraising. All Volunteer Manager roles are subsidised by Raleigh to support our Expeditions.

Our Medic and Adventure Project Managers require specialist knowledge and skills, so the fundraising targets are reduced for these roles. The different targets for Medics can be found on our Medics specific pages. For further information please email internationalresources@raleighinternational.org

Interested in where your money goes? Find out how Raleigh spends its funds.

What’s included?

When you volunteer with Raleigh there are no hidden or extra costs. We include much more than other providers because over the last 35 years we have learnt that a high-quality programme, including safety, in-country support, and working with communities as real partners has better outcomes for all of us.

We provide:

  • All food and accommodation throughout your Expedition.
  • Airport welcome and all transfers to and from the airport in your destination country.
  • Comprehensive medical insurance.
  • Leading safety expertise supported by our British standard 8848 safety accreditation.
  • All in-country transport costs to project and trekking locations.
  • In-country Director and staff team, including medics, providing 24-hour support, planning and in-country partnerships with Government, INGO’s and local project partners.
  • UK operations team providing planning, medical, safety and security support with 24-hour back up to country offices.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and support.
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff.
  • All project equipment, supplies and tools.
  • Project evaluations and impact reporting against the sustainable goals framework.
  • Post-Expedition alumni membership, services and discounts.
What’s not included?
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Vaccinations
  • Insurance for personal belongings (for example rucksack, walking boots, sleeping bag etc.); flights changes/ cancellation

How to Apply

Ready to apply? Here are the stages of making an application so you know what to expect.

Step 1 – Apply online and upload your CV/résumé

Complete the online form. Please tell us as much as you can about yourself, what you are currently doing and what relevant skills and experience you could bring to an Expedition. Don’t worry if you don’t know which role is right for you; just put ‘undecided’. As part of the form you will need to upload a copy of your CV / résumé (along with the applications task if applying for the Content Creator role).

Step 2 – Expedition Discovery Weekend

If your application form is approved, you will be invited to attend our Expedition Discovery Weekend based in East Grinstead, Sussex. We hold about eight of these a year and will let you know upcoming dates. If you are based outside of Europe we will arrange an online assessment with you instead.

The Expedition Discovery Weekend is a fun and intensive weekend, designed to give you a taste of Expedition life – so be ready to get your hands dirty!

The weekend is facilitated by Raleigh alumni and will give us the chance to assess you as a potential Volunteer Manager. It also gives you the opportunity to decide whether Raleigh is right for you and ask our alumni about Expedition life.

We will be in touch within one week of this event to let you know if you have been successful. You will then be offered a place on one of our Expeditions as a Volunteer Manager, which is valid for two years from your application.

Please be aware that because of the COVID-19 pandemic we have needed to postpone many of our Expedition Discovery Weekends in 2020 and are unlikely to be able to invite you to one of these until the beginning of 2021. We are planning online events as an alternative. We will keep you updated on any developments after you apply.

Step 3 – Deposit

To confirm your place on Expedition, we will ask you for a deposit when you receive your offer letter. This will be deducted from your fundraising target total.

Step 4 – Pre-departure preparation

Our Volunteer Coordinators will support you to get started with your fundraising, book your flights, vaccinations and visas. You will then be invited to your Development Weekend to meet your team and start your training. For more information on this please see our training and support page.

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If you have any questions throughout the entire application process, we’re only one call away - +44 (0)207 183 1295

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We’re a friendly team, driven by wanting to make an impact around the world, with a soft spot for cake, camping and softball. We love nothing more than to chat about our work. Call us today on +44 (0)207 183 1295.

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Under 25? Check out our opportunities for 17 – 24 year olds.

If you’re not yet 25, but you are Raleigh alumni, you can apply for one of our Field base Volunteer Manager roles.

Some of our roles require specialist skills and others are open to everyone. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone, we’re a friendly bunch who like to chat and are happy to answer any questions you may have. Give us a call on +44 (0) 207 183 1295.

We also have an extensive FAQ section and if you are worried about training and support, fear not! We offer pre-departure and in country training – more information here.