Raleigh International offers various Expedition lengths at three different times of the year to cater to different preferences and commitments.
10 WEEK EXPEDITION (MOST POPULAR)
This is the longest Expedition option that provides volunteers with the most extensive and culturally immersive experience.
It is the only Expedition that includes all three phases lasting around 19 days each including: an in-depth community project, environmental and conservation project and an Adventure Leadership Trek. This option is ideal for those who are really wanting to get stuck in, fully commit to self-development and experience all three phases. This is a truly unique and immersive experience. Embarking on a 10-week expedition is a transformative adventure that can change the course of your life.
It’s 70 days of pushing your boundaries, 1,680 hours of making a lasting impact, and countless moments of self-discovery. In these 10 weeks, you will forge bonds with like-minded individuals from around the world, connect with communities in ways you never thought possible, and uncover strengths within yourself that you never knew existed.
On this Expedition you will fully immerse yourself in the culture, the challenges, and the triumphs of the incredible communities you’ll serve. It’s an opportunity to leave a legacy that will be remembered long after you’ve returned home. So, if you’re seeking an adventure that will redefine your limits and you’re yearning to make a profound impact, then the 10-week Expedition awaits you.
7 WEEK EXPEDITION
A 7-week Expedition offers a substantial experience but in a slightly shorter duration. On this Expedition you will engage in two phases lasting around 19 days (instead of 3 phases in the 10-week option).
You will be assigned to one meaningful project: either community or environmental. You will also take part in the Adventure Leadership Trek. This option may be suitable for those with moderately limited time but want to experience the full benefits of a 19-day leadership trek.
There are also two 7-week date options in each cycle, so this is also a great choice for someone looking for more flexibility!
Good to know: if you are on a 7-week option, it is sometimes possible to extend your stay to 10 weeks. Each cycle volunteers choose to extend their Expedition to stick it out till the end with their new Raleigh friends! This depends on availability though so to be safe book the 10 weeks before you arrive!
4 WEEK SUMMER EXPEDITION
The 4-week summer Expedition is a shorter, more condensed experience. It allows participants to engage in a community or environmental project (around 19 days) and then a shorter Adventure Leadership Trek (around 5 days).
A key difference between the 4-week option and the 7/10 week is that you only experience the Adventure Leadership Trek for 5 days.
It’s a popular option in the summer for individuals who have limited availability and are looking for a summer experience, such as students during their summer break.
Good to know: On a 4-week programme you are assigned either the community or environmental project; both are impactful and sustainable projects. There are two 4-week options to choose from.
Best Expedition length for different age groups
What time of year should I volunteer?
We recommend booking your place between 6-18 months in advance to ensure you get the place you want, organise flights, medical forms, kit and vaccinations and give you time to raise the money. You have to sign up 3 months prior to the Expedition start date.
What will the weather be like?
Whether you’re a sun-seeker or you prefer the cooler climate, your experience of our Expedition countries will likely be different depending on when you volunteer. So it’s good to be in the know about what to expect from the local climate.
Ultimately, the best time to go and the ideal Expedition length depend on individual preferences, time constraints, and your specific goals.
Consider your own situation and what you hope to gain from the experience when making your decision. If you need any support you can reach out to our friendly team.