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Raleigh Expedition brings young people  together from all over the world to impact change for the communities you will work with, environmental change, and change in yourself.

It’s a volunteer experience that you will never forget. You’ll build memories and develop leadership and teamwork skills to apply to your future career and personal life.

During the Expedition you will meet new people, become part of the local community and learn first-hand about local culture. We ensure that communities have the skills and knowledge to continue work done together after you leave.

Aged 17-24? Read on below to find out more.

Aged 25 and over? Find out more about becoming a Volunteer Manager.


Community | Environmental | Adventure

People are at the heart of Expedition – working together to inspire others to create change that lasts. On an Expedition, you could have the opportunity to do three different types of projects: Community, Environmental and an Adventure Leadership Trek.

You X Community Live and work with local communities, driving change where it really matters. Improve access to water and sanitation facilities and education.
You X Environmental Play an active role in combating climate change. Help protect resources and vulnerable environments.
You X Adventure Challenge yourself and discover amazing landscapes. Trek through incredible scenery whilst developing your leadership and teamwork skills.
Community

You will live and work with local communities, improving facilities and influencing new behaviours that will support communities in the future. You will work with schools and community groups to create awareness about the importance of handwashing and safe water, building water tanks, toilet blocks and handwashing stations; or help improve access to education building schools in indigenous areas.

Environmental

Environmental projects give you the chance to play an active role in combating climate change. You will work to sustain natural resources with reforestation initiatives and infrastructure improvements, giving vital access to protected areas. You will work alongside local communities to change habits, for example, promoting firewood alternatives and encouraging the development of a more diverse range of crops.

Adventure

Adventure projects give you the chance to trek through incredible sceneries whilst developing your leadership and teamwork skills. We start and finish our treks together, but you and your team will navigate the route yourselves. It gives you a chance to go back to basics and learn to be self-sufficient, appreciating the environment we live in.


Where can I go?

Choose where to volunteer abroad below.

We have chosen these countries because they have large youth populations and volunteers can make the greatest impact. They all face issues relating to water and sanitation and are heavily affected by climate change. We work in rural areas because the people that live there are often the most marginalised. They tend to have poorer access to basic services, lower education levels and a worse standard of living than those in urban areas. Women and children are often the most disadvantaged.


How long can I go for?

10 week Expedition The 10 week programme is the most immersive Expedition. You will get the opportunity to take part in 3 different projects (Community, Environmental and Adventure Leadership Trek), in 3 different locations, with 3 different groups.
7 week Expedition If you don’t have as much time, the 7 week programme is a great option. You will do 2 different projects, in 2 different locations, with 2 different groups.
4 and 5 week Expeditions We have 4 and 5 week options in July and August. You will work on 1 project and go on a shorter Adventure Leadership Trek.

Expedition dates

Click the dates to choose when to volunteer abroad below.
February – April 2020

Nepal

Dates Weeks Availability Application deadline
08 Feb – 16 Apr 10 Full – call us to talk about your options 12 Dec 2019
08 Feb – 26 Mar 7 Full – call us to talk about your options 12 Dec 2019
01 Mar – 16 Apr 7 Full – call us to talk about your options 27 Jan 2020

 

Costa Rica

Dates Weeks Availability Application deadline
16 Feb – 24 Apr 10 Full – call us to talk about your options 19 Dec 2019
16 Feb – 03 Apr 7 Limited availability 19 Dec 2019
07 Mar – 22 Apr 7 Full – call us to talk about your options 13 Jan 2020

Tanzania

Dates Weeks Availability Application deadline
11 Feb – 19 Apr 10 Full – call us to talk through your options 17 Dec 2019
11 Feb – 29 Mar 7 Full – call us to talk through your options 17 Dec 2019
04 Mar – 19 Apr 7 Full – call us to talk through your options 8 Jan 2020
June – September 2020

Nepal

Dates Weeks Availability Application deadline
30 June  – 06 Sept 10 Places available 05 May 2020
30 June – 16 Aug 7 Places available 05 May 2020
22 July – 06 Sept 7 Places available 27 May 2020
06 July – 08 Aug 5 Places available 11 May 2020

 

Costa Rica

Dates Weeks Availability Application deadline
28 Jun – 04 Sept 10 Places available 30 Apr 2020
28 Jun – 14 Aug 7 Places available 30 Apr 2020
18 July – 04 Sept 7 Places available 21 May 2020
28 Jun – 26 July 4 Places available 4 May 2020
29 July – 26 Aug 4 Places available 3 June 2020

Tanzania

Dates Weeks Availability Application deadline
22 Jun – 29 Aug 10 Places available 30 Apr 2020
22 Jun – 08 Aug 7 Places available 30 Apr 2020
14 July – 29 Aug 7 Places available 25 May 2020
22 Jun – 20 July 4 Places available 30 Apr 2020
24 July – 21 Aug 4 Places available 4 June 2020
September – December 2020

Nepal

Dates Weeks Availability Application deadline
09 Oct – 16 Dec 10 Places available 13 Aug 2020
09 Oct – 25 Nov 7 Places available 13 Aug 2020
31 Oct – 16 Dec 7 Places available 24 Sept 2020

 

Costa Rica

Dates Weeks Availability Application deadline
04 Oct – 11 Dec 10 Places available 6 Aug 2020
04 Oct – 20 Nov 7 Places available 6 Aug 2020
24 Oct – 11 Dec 7 Places available 31 Aug 2020

Tanzania

Dates Weeks Availability Application deadline
06 Oct – 13 Dec 10 Places available 3 Aug 2020
06 Oct – 22 Nov 7 Places available 3 Aug 2020
28 Oct – 13 Dec 7 Places available 25 Aug 2020

If an Expedition is full, call us on +44 (0)20 7183 1270 to talk about your options.


How much does it cost?

As a charity we talk about fundraising rather than costs, and we encourage everyone to do some fundraising for their Expedition.*

Expeditions are much more than what is achieved in 4, 5, 7 or 10 weeks. They are about creating lasting change. As well as the communities whose lives you will be impacting, don’t forget you will also be developing skills for your future too.

4 week Expedition $3100
5 week Expedition $3600
7 week Expedition $4500
10 week Expedition* $5000

We offer lots of ways to help with fundraising and we have supported thousands of young people to reach their target. Find out more information about what’s included and fundraising.

*If your household income is £23,000 or under then you could be eligible for the Raleigh Bursary Fund, which provides financial support for fundraising. Applications are currently open for autumn 2019 and beyond – find out more and apply.


Want to learn more? Attend one of our information events around the country or book a phone call to speak to a member of the Expedition team.


Feeling inspired and ready to get started? Apply now!

Raleigh ICS

International Citizen Service (ICS) is a development programme that brings together young people from the UK and developing countries to volunteer in some of the poorest communities around the world. We deliver our ICS programmes in Nepal and Tanzania.

ICS is led by VSO and funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development. Raleigh is working alongside other respected development organisations to deliver the ICS programme around the world.

Raleigh ICS

Information events

Interested in joining a Raleigh Expedition but want a bit more information first? Take the first step on your Raleigh journey by attending one of our information events.

We host information events across the country, and online, where you can meet Raleigh staff and alumni and get your questions answered. Whether you’re thinking of joining our Expeditions as a volunteer or a volunteer manager, we’d love to meet you and give you all the information you need to apply.

Information events

Information for parents

Find answers to the most common queries and concerns you might have about your child’s time abroad.

Information for parents

FAQs

Find out the answers to some common questions asked about Expedition with Raleigh.

FAQs