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Contribute to sustainable projects through Raleigh International’s first UK volunteer programme – Re:Green. This is an opportunity to get out and take urgent action to drive the green recovery and address the climate emergency.

In 2021, we are launching a new programme designed to increase your skills, knowledge, and ability to directly address the climate emergency. Using our expertise in youth leadership and youth environmental campaigning, we will partner with a recognised conservation organisation to deliver this vital piece of work.

To achieve this, we require the support of our volunteers aged 18-24. Please note that in 2021 this programme is only open to those with a right to live, work or study in the UK.

You will leave with new skills, memories, friendships and recognition of your capacity to create green action and be a change-maker.

If you are aged 25 or over, this programme needs your help in roles of volunteer manager, deputy operations coordinator or project support coordinator. Click here to find out more about these roles.


What are Re:Green projects?

The overall goal of our Re:Green programme is to create a national movement of young people, partner organisations and communities united in taking action towards a greener and fairer society in the UK and around the world. In 2021, you will have the option to take part in an immersive 2 or 4 week programme encompassing a conservation and/or youth leadership project.  These are rooted in Raleigh International’s decades of expertise in experiential and outdoors education.

There are three goals behind our Re:Green programme – Ignite, Equip and Mobilise:

Ignite / Youth Leadership Challenge

Remove yourself from your day-to-day by travelling to remote locations to ignite and build your passion to conserve the natural environment.

In groups of 12, you will take on an exciting eleven-day remote trek, which will challenge you in every way possible and allow you to see some of the most challenging and beautiful terrains the UK has to offer. It is designed to develop leadership skills and teamwork using Raleigh International’s tried and tested youth leadership training. We will focus on developing your motivation and commitment, openness to learning, adaptability, resilience, open-mindedness, relationship-building, leadership essentials, planning and problem-solving.

Equip / Conservation projects

Play an active role in environmental conservation and combating climate change. Learn how people and organisations around the UK are protecting local environments and coordinating internationally to tackle the climate crisis.

Working in a group, you will provide vital support to our partners by delivering work that is directly contributing to their conservation priorities. You could learn about and take part in activities such as reforestation, trail maintenance, removal of invasive species, restoration and rewilding . You will also have the opportunity to participate in mindfulness and wellbeing sessions, as well as focused personal and professional development activities.

Mobilise / Campaign training

Develop your own campaigning and social action skills to help mobilise people in your local community and young people around the world to take action to protect our planet.

Working individually and in groups with other young people, you will undertake practical and theoretical training in social and environmental campaigning and awareness raising. You will learn how to take action yourself, how to mobilise others to take action, and how to influence decision makers to take action which drives the green recovery and addresses the climate emergency.


Action Not Excuses

Following your participation in Re:Green you will be invited to take part in our global environmental campaign, Action Not Excuses. You will gain exclusive access to Raleigh International’s Global Campaign Platform where you can continue to develop your skills, take and coordinate action, and connect with young people from around the world. You will have the opportunity to continue to take action on our three key themes: Fight for Zero Waste, Reverse Deforestation and Create Green Jobs. Additional training and support sessions will be available via digital campaign conferences and events for former volunteers in order to create and enact plans for taking action in your local area and beyond.


Where will this be?

We are currently developing projects with a variety of national and local conservation organisations across the UK (Scotland, Wales and the north of England). In 2021 and beyond, Re:Green programmes will take place in remote areas in the Western Highlands of Scotland, which will coincide with COP 26 taking place in Glasgow in November.


What is the difference between the 2 and 4 week programme?

Equip & Mobilise (2 weeks)

You’ll arrive and spend the next 2 days taking part in the induction training to learn more about the programme, get to know your team and get ready for the project.

You’ll spend the next 9 days supporting essential conservation work and learning about green issues and building campaigning skills.

The last day will wrap-up everything you have achieved and plan where you’ll go from there to continue to take action.

Ignite, Equip & Mobilise (4 weeks)

You’ll arrive and spend the next 2 days taking part in the induction training to learn more about the programme, get to know your team and get ready for the project.

The adventure leadership challenge trek – you’ll spend the next 11 days on the exciting remote team trek in some of the best landscapes the UK has to offer.

After a little rest and recuperation, you’ll spend the next 11 days supporting essential conservation work and learning about green issues and building campaigning skills.

The last few days will wrap-up everything you have achieved and plan where you’ll go from here to continue to take action.


When can I join?

All dates will be subject to local and national Covid-19 restrictions and safety measures. Please see the date options below:

2 weeks

Dates in 2021 Availability
17 July – 30 July Spaces available
4 September – 17 September Spaces available
18 September – 1 October Spaces available
30 October – 12 November Spaces available

4 weeks

Dates in 2021 Availability
17 July – 13 August Spaces available
4 September – 1 October Spaces available

How much is the fundraising target?

As we are a charity, we encourage our volunteers to fundraise to take part in this programme. These fundraising amounts will go towards this programme, your place and Raleigh International’s wider initiatives.

Re:Green is about more than what can be achieved in 2 or 4 weeks. It is about creating a global movement to bring about lasting change. Your fundraising will help us not only to cover the costs of your placement, but to support young people around the world to tackle the climate crisis. Find out more information about where your money goes.

Programme length Minimum fundraising target
2 Weeks £1095
4 weeks £1995

Note: Once you have arrived to the Re:Green location we’ll cover your food, accommodation, transport, project and safety equipment until the programme ends.

Re:Green bursary places: we are committed to ensuring that our programmes are accessible to young people from a range of backgrounds and have a limited number of places to reduce the fundraising challenge.  Please see visit our bursary page for more information on how to apply.


What 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).


Ready to apply?

The process for applying for a role on Re:Green is easy – just complete our application form in the link below and we will be in touch very soon.


Want to learn more about the UK Re:Green programme?

If you’d like to find out more about Raleigh International and our programmes, or if you need help with your application, please contact us at info@raleighinternational.org or call on +44 (0) 20 7183 1270.


Images provided by Saving Scotland’s Rainforest. SSR is a project led by the Alliance for Scotland’s Rainforest to protect and restore this globally important habitat.