Volunteering in the UK for over 25 year olds

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Work with young people and 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 recognised conservation organisations and estates to deliver this vital work.

To achieve this, we require the support of our Volunteer Managers aged over 25. You will play a key role mobilising young people and building their skills, whilst developing your own goals and growing your knowledge of sustainable development. You will leave with new memories, friendships and recognition of your capacity to create green action and inspire the next generation of change-makers.

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 2021, you will have the option to take part in an immersive 3, 5 or 6 week programme encompassing a conservation and/ or youth leadership project, or oversee the running of these with the support of the central Raleigh office.  These projects are rooted in Raleigh International’s decades of expertise in experiential and outdoors education.

There are three components to the Re:Green programme – IgniteEquip 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, our project teams will take on an exciting seven-day remote trek, which will challenge you in every way possible and allow you to see some of the most remote 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 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 are protecting local environments and coordinating to tackle the climate crisis.

Whether facilitating your volunteer group or organising the wider running of projects, 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 rewilding, removal of invasive species, reforestation, restoration and trail maintenance. There is also 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 young people, you will help to facilitate 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 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?

Re:Green programmes are likely to take place in remote areas in the Western Highlands of Scotland, to coincide with COP26 taking place in Glasgow in November. We are currently developing projects with a variety of national and local conservation organisations across the UK (Scotland, Wales and the north of England).

Our roles

The following roles are available for each of our Re:Green programmes. We welcome people from a range of backgrounds to get involved – please read the full role description to learn more.

Project Manager
Deputy Operations Coordinator
Project Support Coordinator
Adventure Project Manager
Inspire and facilitate our volunteer teams on their projects and workshops as you also learn and contribute to these. Oversee the running of your programme, coordinating teams and the delivery of projects. Raleigh alumni experience preferable. Be responsible for the logistical and administrative running of Re:Green projects, to ensure their best impact and delivery. Use your Mountain Leader skills and experience to facilitate our volunteer teams, with special focus on our exciting trek projects.
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Please note that in 2021 this programme is only open to those with a right to live, work or study in the UK.

When can I join?

All dates will be subject to local and national Covid-19 restrictions and safety measures.

Secure your place on Re:Green from July 2021 onwards!

July – August

Role Dates Weeks Availability
Project Support Coordinator / Deputy Operations Coordinators 6 Jul  – 15 Aug 6 Spaces available
Project Manager 11 – 31 Jul 3 Spaces available
11 Jul – 14 Aug 5 Spaces available
Adventure Project Manager 11 Jul – 14 Aug 5 Spaces available

August – October

Role Dates Weeks Availability
Project Support Coordinator / Deputy Operations Coordinators 24 Aug – 3 Oct 6 Spaces available
Project Manager 29 Aug – 18 Sep 3 Spaces available
29 Aug – 2 Oct 5 Spaces available
12 Sep – 2 Oct 3 Spaces available
Adventure Project Manager 29 Aug – 2 Oct 3 Spaces available

October – November

Role Dates Weeks Availability
Project Support Coordinator / Deputy Operations Coordinators 19 Oct – 14 Nov 4 Spaces available
Project Managers 24 Oct -13 Nov 3 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 3, 5 or 6 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.

Role Programme length Minimum fundraising target
Project Manager 3 weeks £1095
5 weeks £1495
Project Support Coordinator 6 weeks £1250
Adventure Project Manager 5 weeks £500
Deputy Operations Coordinator 5/6 weeks £300

We will cover your food, accommodation, transport, project and safety equipment from your arrival until the end of your programme.

What safety measures will be in place on Re:Green?

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.