Raleigh runs expeditions in Costa Rica, Nepal, and Tanzania for individuals and groups of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds. These expeditions involve volunteering in community and environmental projects as well as undertaking tough adventure challenges. All Raleigh volunteer expeditions are designed to be challenging, life-changing experiences. The more you put in, the more you get out of it!
Raleigh expeditions are usually 10 weeks long with three phases – Community, Environmental, and Adventure. However, for time constricted volunteers, they may opt for a 5 or 7 week expedition.
**Following extensive research and analysis, Raleigh International (RI) has made the decidion to end the operations in Borneo in October 2018. This decision has been guided by the fact that Malaysia is a high Human Development Index (HDI) country – the highest of any of the countries RI currently work in. In RI's strategy for 2017-2020, they have made a commitment to support young people in low and medium HDI countries to drive sustainable development in their countries, and increase Raleigh's impact and contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Community projects allow venturer teams to work alongside community members on projects that aim to improve the quality of life of those communities. These partnerships have seen the construction of hundreds of education facilities, bridges and water systems commissioned, health and community centres built together with the health screening of tens of thousands of people. Venturer teams have been welcomed into thousands of communities across the world, increasing their confidence in working with people from different cultures and their understanding of global sustainable development issues.
Environmental projects allow venturer teams to experience unique environments from marine to desert to rainforest, working with the custodians of protected areas, international environmental organisations and scientists to assist in the global conservation effort.
Adventure projects provide physical challenges that test venturers’ resilience as they trek across deserts, over mountain ranges, through rainforests, canoe down rivers, across lakes and battle the waves whilst coastal kayaking.
Who Can Volunteer?
- For 17 - 24 year olds volunteering on their gap year as an alternative to travelling alone or backpacking, or referred through a host country partnership
- For 25+ year olds volunteering whilst on a career break, sabbatical or enjoying retirement.
When Can I Volunteer?
There are usually three "intakes" each year. There's the Spring, Summer and Autumn expeditions. Spring usually takes place from February - April, while Summer takes place from June - August and lastly, the Autumn expeditions are from October - December.
For the exact dates for each expedition, the dates can be accessed here.
What are the Costs?
To embark on an international Raleigh expedition to Costa Rica & Nicaragua, Nepal or Tanzania, the fees are
|10 week expedition||5,000 USD|
|7 week expedition||4,500 USD|
|5 week expedition||3,600 USD|
|4 week expedition||3,100 USD|
For more info on the pricing and cost, click here.
In Raleigh, we highly encourage our potential venturers to fundraise their expedition costs because we are a charity, and we believe that by taking yourself a step further in initiating a fundraising campaign, you will be able to understand the monetary value of support, hardwork and commitment. You will also be able to experience the opportunity to develop new skills in communication, public speaking, sponsorship networking, and many more!
Though fret not, you will not be alone in this as Raleigh KL will facilitate and guide you in every step of your fundraising journey. For more information on how to fundraise, click here to read up on our guide and click here to read up on our venturer's stories about their expedition and their fundraising journey.
For individuals 25 years old and above, you can read up information on being a volunteer manager here.
For more information about expedition, please click here to read up on our FAQs.
Lastly, to potential venturers who may be interested or just curious in our expeditions, feel free to drop us a message here.