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 30 years and would love you to join us:

  • Live and work in some of the world’s most breath-taking landscapes across Costa Rica, Tanzania and 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 January, June, July and September. Dates are different by role and country.

Select your year


Dates Weeks Availability
24 Jan – 21 Apr 13 Limited places available
16 June – 11 Aug 8 Places available
16 June – 11 Sept 13 Places available
27 Sept – 22 Dec 13 Places available
Costa Rica
Dates Weeks Availability
01 Feb – 28 Apr 13 Limited places available
14 June – 29 Aug 11 Places available
14 June – 8 Sept 13 Places available
24 Sept – 19 Dec 13 Places available
Dates Weeks Availability
25 Jan – 22 Apr 13 Limited places available
6 June – 24 Aug 11 Places available
6 June – 1 Sept 13 Places available
20 Sept – 16 Dec 13 Places available


Dates Weeks Availability
24 Jan – 21 Apr 13 Places available
16 June – 11 Aug 8 Places available
16 June – 11 Sept 13 Places available
27 Sept – 22 Dec 13 Places available
Costa Rica
Dates Weeks Availability
01 Feb – 28 Apr 13 Places available
14 June – 30 Aug 11 Places available
14 June – 8 Sept 13 Places available
24 Sept – 19 Dec 13 Places available
Dates Weeks Availability
25 Jan – 22 Apr 13 Places available
6 June – 24 Aug 11 Places available
6 June – 1 Sept 13 Places available
20 Sept – 16 Dec 13 Places available

A note on COVID-19: As a result of the global pandemic, Raleigh has unfortunately cancelled all planned Expeditions for 2020. Full details about this and Raleigh’s ongoing response to COVID-19 can be found here. We are optimistic for our Expeditions in 2021, and we will continue to take every precaution to ensure the safety of all our volunteers and staff.

These are the general timelines for our Field Base roles; our Project Site team will arrive approximately one week after the starting dates given (please do get in touch should you need to know the specific time frame for a role).

Most of our Expeditions are 13 weeks long, although for our Project Site roles we also have shorter Expeditions between 8 and 11 weeks long, departing in June and July.

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
13/14 week Expedition £2,700
13/14 week Expedition beginning in May/June £2,200
12 week Expedition beginning in May/June (Tanzania & Costa Rica) £2,150
9 week Expedition beginning in June (Nepal) £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 30 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.
  • Premium, tailored travel and health 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
  • Personal belongings (for example rucksack, walking boots, sleeping bag etc.)

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 a Skype or telephone interview 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.

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.