Overview

Raleigh Expedition is an international volunteering program open to all and engaging young people from around the world.

Expedition is one of four programs delivered by the youth-driven development charity, Raleigh International.

We believe young people everywhere can change the world. So, we empower young people (aged 17-24) with the skills, experience and connections to be leaders of change.

The program engages students in creating long-lasting change through hands-on projects that help to tackle environmental issues, access to education for all, and alleviate poverty. Our volunteers develop themselves, find their people, and get involved in the issues they care about.

Raleigh Expedition is one of the first UK programs to be accredited by the Gap Year Association (GYA) and recognized by TeenLife as a Top 15 Most Popular Gap Program in 2020.

 

Change Starts Here

Live and work alongside local communities in Costa Rica and Nepal. Help find solutions to tackle some of the world’s problems together. Take on new challenges and learn skills that will stay with you for life.

Our projects take place three times a year in two countries around the globe, and last either 4, 5, 6, 7 or 10 weeks – so you can choose one that fits in with your plans.

You can work in Costa Rica or Nepal – a chance to explore some of the most spectacular and remote places on earth!

During the Expedition, students will usually participate in up to three different project phases:

Community project

Imagine a world where everyone has access to clean water, sanitation and basic hygiene services. Where everyone, even the most marginalised have access to education. You can play your part in making this a reality.

Live and work alongside local people to help improve and change their lives. Drive change where it’s needed the most by improving access to water and sanitation facilities or education in rural communities. Work with schools and communities to change behaviours and raise awareness of issues such as handwashing and hygiene.

Environmental project

We don’t need to tell you that the world is facing unprecedented environmental challenges. Our environmental projects make small steps toward long term impact.

Live and work in some of the world’s most biodiverse places. Take an active role in protecting natural resources and vulnerable environments by working in national parks or on reforestation projects. Help build local knowledge to help people adapt to climate change and sustain rural resources.

Adventure Leadership Trek 

Challenge yourself and discover incredible landscapes on a stunning Adventure Leadership trek. Develop your leadership skills and learn about the power of team effort. Go back to basics and become self-sufficient. Your trek will be an experience that brings you together with other volunteers, and one you’ll never forget. 

To give you peace of mind...

At Raleigh, we have more than 37 years' experience of working with young people, and our history of volunteering dates back to members of the British royal family. We have permanent trained staff in every country in which we operate, so that you can access support 24 hours a day whilst you're overseas.

Interested?

We love to chat about our Expeditions, so feel free to give us a call on +1 833-660-9738, click on View Website, or submit the Request Info form!

Cost and Session Information

4 week Expedition $3,400

5 week Expedition $3,950

6 week Expedition $4,350

7 week Expedition $4,950

10 week Expedition $5,500

In-country training, airport transfers, project equipment, health insurance, food and accommodation are all included. Rolling admissions with Fall, Spring, and Summer departures.

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2 Participant Reviews

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More than a Gap Year

More than a Gap Year

5
Reviewed on 10/16/2020 by

I went to Nicaragua with Raleigh in 2015 as a team leader and it was definitively one on the most significant experiences of my life. Raleigh presented me with an experience to live with and get to know a rural community, challenged me to learn and improve myself and recognise the global repercussions or our actions. I grew as a person with my team and made connections that I will remember forever. The programme is sustainable and maintains good relationships with all the communities where the programme is carried out ensuring that volunteers do not just turn up and then vanish without ensuring the long term impact of the project. Raleigh is a fantastic opportunity to learn from others and develop yourself.

Brilliant experience!

Brilliant experience!

5
Reviewed on 6/28/2017 by

I had the best 7 weeks of my life in Tanzania in summer 2016 with Raleigh! My first phase was the trek, which was challenging but incredibly rewarding. I gained leadership and teamwork skills, made great friendships and the landscapes were beautiful. Next, I was part of the SWASH (School Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) project. This involved living with a host family in a small village, and working in the local primary school. I helped to construct a sanitation block for the female students, and I also participated in raising awareness of improved hygiene practices, aimed at the students as well as other members of the community. It was so fulfilling to be able to make a difference and to learn about the Tanzanian culture. I would definitely recommend a Raleigh Expedition to anyone who is interested!

Testimonials

My experience with Raleigh was truly life changing. It made me challenge myself and achieve things that I did not think I would be able to. I took part as a volunteer manager and felt that the training and support from the in country staff was excellent. The safety standards were exceptional with a strong emphasis on preventing accidents but also ensuring that we were confident in what to do in the event of an emergency and having had to put these into effect I felt completely able to deal with the situation. We got to work in some of the most outstanding scenery in Costa Rica and meet some amazing members of the community. The experience has truly changed my outlook and made me want to be a more active citizen and carrying out further volunteer work is now an integral part of my life.

- Chloe - May 19, 2017

For our project we were based in a rural village which took 2 hours from the nearest road to walk there - it was one of the most remote places I have been and staying with local families in their homes was truly amazing. Despite the fact that we didn't share a common language we formed a close bond with our family as we got by on a mixture of Nepali and English words and a large amount of miming! Being able to be part of the water and sanitation project which Raleigh was carrying out there was such a privilege. The village had limited access to water and the construction of a new water system meant that they had a more reliable source of water. The construction of new tap stands and toilets also meant better access to facilities in the village.

- Sally - July 10, 2019

2 Participant Reviews

Write a Review
More than a Gap Year

More than a Gap Year

5
Reviewed on 10/16/2020 by

I went to Nicaragua with Raleigh in 2015 as a team leader and it was definitively one on the most significant experiences of my life. Raleigh presented me with an experience to live with and get to know a rural community, challenged me to learn and improve myself and recognise the global repercussions or our actions. I grew as a person with my team and made connections that I will remember forever. The programme is sustainable and maintains good relationships with all the communities where the programme is carried out ensuring that volunteers do not just turn up and then vanish without ensuring the long term impact of the project. Raleigh is a fantastic opportunity to learn from others and develop yourself.

Brilliant experience!

Brilliant experience!

5
Reviewed on 6/28/2017 by

I had the best 7 weeks of my life in Tanzania in summer 2016 with Raleigh! My first phase was the trek, which was challenging but incredibly rewarding. I gained leadership and teamwork skills, made great friendships and the landscapes were beautiful. Next, I was part of the SWASH (School Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) project. This involved living with a host family in a small village, and working in the local primary school. I helped to construct a sanitation block for the female students, and I also participated in raising awareness of improved hygiene practices, aimed at the students as well as other members of the community. It was so fulfilling to be able to make a difference and to learn about the Tanzanian culture. I would definitely recommend a Raleigh Expedition to anyone who is interested!

Testimonials

My experience with Raleigh was truly life changing. It made me challenge myself and achieve things that I did not think I would be able to. I took part as a volunteer manager and felt that the training and support from the in country staff was excellent. The safety standards were exceptional with a strong emphasis on preventing accidents but also ensuring that we were confident in what to do in the event of an emergency and having had to put these into effect I felt completely able to deal with the situation. We got to work in some of the most outstanding scenery in Costa Rica and meet some amazing members of the community. The experience has truly changed my outlook and made me want to be a more active citizen and carrying out further volunteer work is now an integral part of my life.

- Chloe - May 19, 2017

For our project we were based in a rural village which took 2 hours from the nearest road to walk there - it was one of the most remote places I have been and staying with local families in their homes was truly amazing. Despite the fact that we didn't share a common language we formed a close bond with our family as we got by on a mixture of Nepali and English words and a large amount of miming! Being able to be part of the water and sanitation project which Raleigh was carrying out there was such a privilege. The village had limited access to water and the construction of a new water system meant that they had a more reliable source of water. The construction of new tap stands and toilets also meant better access to facilities in the village.

- Sally - July 10, 2019

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