Why choose Raleigh Expedition

Why Raleigh Expedition is different

  • Raleigh has more than 36 years of experience in organising volunteer projects overseas, in over 40 countries worldwide throughout its history.

  • Over 50,000 people from over 100 countries have volunteered with Raleigh.

  • We are leaders in safety – externally accredited to British Safety Standard 8848, the Gap Year Association (USA) and Year Out Group (UK). Learn more about Raleigh’s safety systems.

  • We work with remote communities to protect biodiversity and reduce the impact of climate change.

  • We are committed to running responsibly managed volunteering projects. Find out more about how we travel responsibly.

  • Over 81% of our fundraising income goes directly to delivering our projects, and the rest to support the running of the charity. So your fundraising efforts will be directly supporting the delivery of Raleigh’s programmes and the change and impact they have.

  • The Expedition programme contributes to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs).

  • Our experienced in-country management and staff teams provide 24/7 support and are backed up by our safety team in the United Kingdom.

  • Volunteer Managers live and work with each group of young people on Expedition and professional medic volunteers support the programme.

  • We work in remote, rural locations – the marginalised ‘last mile’ of development that other charities do not reach.

Find out more information about volunteering with Raleigh on our volunteer page.


Don’t just take our word for it, take a look at these reviews from Raleigh International alumni below:

Hear from Maisie about Tanzania

Hear from George about Costa Rica

Connect with alumni

Wherever you are in the world we can put you in touch with one of our over 50,000 alumni, who can share their experiences of Expedition with you. Raleigh volunteers come from across the world so we will do our best to connect you with someone from your home country.

To connect with an alumni contact us on: info@raleighinternational.org

Personal development

The programme supports young people to develop essential teamwork, leadership, intercultural learning, and active citizenship skills and knowledge. The foundation for young people to become future leaders.

Our volunteers report that the programme:

  • Raises their aspirations
  • Builds their confidence
  • Broadens their horizons and outlook
  • Helps develop character and resilience
  • Supports better academic performance
  • Enhances employability, inspires further volunteering and active citizenship

Accreditations and Recognitions

Accreditation by the Gap Year Association represents a commitment to the highest standards in safety, quality, and integrity. A student can count on an experience with Raleigh that is the highest calibre of field leadership, the best degree of office support, and the highest standards of safety.

“The Gap Year Association are proud to associate with Raleigh International. Their gap year programming have met the highest standards for gap year education, as recognized but the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.”  – Ethan Knight


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