On both our programmes you’ll be working side-by-side with local communities to create lasting change, but there are differences in duration, location, activities, challenges and eligibility.
Do you want to immerse yourself in one community or volunteer in a variety of environments – a community, a rainforest, a national park, or trekking across diverse landscapes? Do you want to volunteer with a team of people from all over the world? Would you like to travel independently before or after your project? Do you want to lead a team?
What’s important to you? Read on and discover what volunteering with Raleigh has to offer…
|Raleigh Expedition||Raleigh ICS|
Volunteer managers: 25-75
Team Leaders: 23-35
UK and host country residents
|Length of programme|
|Length of programme||Volunteers: 5, 7 or 10 weeks
Volunteer managers: 8 or 13 weeks
|Volunteers: 10-12 weeks
Team Leaders: 3-9 months
|Project phases||3-in-1: Environment, community and adventure||Community|
|Your environment*||Experience a variety including rural communities, rainforests and national parks
Volunteer managers: As above or town based office
|Based in rural communities|
|Project types*||Water, sanitation & hygiene
Natural resource management
|Water, sanitation & hygiene
|Project activities*||Construction, awareness raising, reforestation, scientific research, trekking||Action research, peer-to-peer education, awareness raising, training, community infrastructure, resource development|
|Your team||Volunteers from all over the world, including the host country, and local communities||UK volunteers, host country volunteers and local communities|
|Countries||Malaysian Borneo, Nepal, Nicaragua & Costa Rica, Tanzania||Nepal, Nicaragua, Tanzania|
|Your accommodation*||A variety including camping in the wild, community centres and homes of local community families||In the homes of local community families|
|Independent travel||Yes! Free to travel independently before or after programme||Not possible as UK volunteers travel as a group|
* varies with country
Raleigh expeditions are a unique 3-in-1 opportunity to work on remote community and environmental projects and face adventure challenges in some of the most incredible areas of the world.
Our expeditions are all about variety. That’s why they include different people, projects, locations and challenges. There will be people like you and people from different backgrounds and cultures, including local volunteers from the expedition countries. Together you’ll be a team with a common aim; to bring energy and inspiration to create the world that we want.
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, Nicaragua and Tanzania. Teams are made up of volunteers of all backgrounds, from the UK and from the local country.
ICS is led by VSO and funded by the UK Government. Raleigh is working alongside other respected development organisations to deliver the ICS programme in over 30 countries.