We believe young people everywhere can change the world. So, we empower young people 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.
Raleigh Expedition is an international volunteering program delivered by the youth-driven development charity, Raleigh International. We have been developing and providing responsible volunteer programs for more than 35 years.
This Expedition program is a safe and unique opportunity for volunteers aged 17-24 to become part of a rural community and immerse themselves in new cultures as well as to work alongside local people on the issues they face.
Nepal is the second poorest country in Asia with nearly one quarter of the population living below the poverty line. In 2015, the country was hit by a devastating earthquake that mostly affected rural areas and destroyed much of vital infrastructure. On the Nepal program, you will support your peers to drive change for their communities. You'll work with local people suffering from the aftermath of the earthquake to improve their access to water and sanitation facilities.
Expeditions in Nepal run for 5, 7, and 10 weeks throughout the year, so you can join during your gap year.
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.
All our projects are driven by the needs of the communities we work in, and more than 70% of our income goes directly to the projects, so you can be sure that you're having a lasting, positive impact.
Work with local people still suffering from the 2015 earthquake to improve their access to water and sanitation facilities on the Community project.
Work with Nepali youth to help create a more inclusive society.
Trek through the spectacular Ruby Valley climbing up to 2500m and pass through rural mountain villages on the Adventure Leadership Trek.
Stay with local families in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Contribute to achieving the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs).
Cost and Session Information
5 week Expedition $3,950
6 week Expedition $4,350
7 week Expedition $4,950
10 week Expedition $5,500
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I couple goals I had for my gap year were to make a difference in the world, and to grow as a person. In just 7 weeks, my Raleigh expedition completely exceeded these expectations! I was fortunate to be part of a 7-week expedition in Nepal and those weeks were some of the most memorable weeks of my life. Initially I was nervous to be away from home for this period of time, but after a few days, I regretted not signing up for the 10-week expedition! Raleigh does an exceptional job of providing a balance of learning, hard work, personal growth and fun for their volunteers. My community placement was in a 30-house village, and by the end of the 3 weeks I was heartbroken to leave. My host family was so welcoming, the food was delicious and the community was so appreciative of our work. We worked alongside members of the community to ensure they got what they wanted and they were able to teach us so many tips and tricks. The second half of my expedition consisted of a 17-day trek through the stunning Ruby Valley. The trek was an incredibly rewarding experience. I learned just how strong I am both mentally and physically, all while walking through jaw-dropping scenery. My top memories from my Raleigh expedition include interacting with the children at the local school in my community, playing volleyball with locals while on trek, and making lifelong connections with fellow volunteers. Overall, my experience with Raleigh completely changed my outlook on life and left me wanting more.
After I decided to take a gab year, I realised that I had the opportunity to do something special. An enthusiastic acquaintance of mine adviced me to have a look on the website of Raleigh International, because he had a very cool experience with them a few years ago. And now I totally agree with him. I went on Raleigh expedition to Nepal in the winter of 2019. Being placed in an hostfamily in a rural community while working at valuable sanitation-and hygieneprojects is an experience I will never forget. Especially because we made a big difference and we did that as a team. Living with the community members and experience their hospitality was very inspiring. And last but not least, you also got to know a lot of nice people who live all over the world. All in all, I would highly recommend going on Raleigh expedition.
Raleigh Expeditions are amazing. Honestly, when I went on this 10 week expedition back in Feb 2018, I was not expecting to enjoy it quite as much as I did, whilst also positively impacting the Nepalese community and making real change with the projects we did. I went on this programme during my gap year, after working and fundraising for the first half of it. I felt welcome and part of the group from the very first day - it was so easy to make friends, as majority of the volunteers were also school leavers, or had just left Uni, so we found we all just clicked. I know how difficult it is to chose which volunteering programme to go on. However, I would urge you to consider Raleigh, because it IS different to the rest. Raleigh is a trusted company and out on expedition I genuinely felt safe - the staff were supportive, I was able to get contact from home, and the whole programme was extremely well organised. With the expedition I went on, I spent two phases (3 weeks each) working in community and the middle phase (also 3 weeks) trekking in the Ruby Valley. In community we were staying in home-stays with a host family, and another Raleigh volunteer, which was such an amazing experience - it allowed us to fully immerse ourselves in the Nepalese culture. During the working days our main project was digging a pipe line and a hole for a water tank, to replace the one that was damaged from the earthquake in 2015. This was super hard work, but enjoyable as a a group, and we always debriefed after and planned activities for the evenings. My highlight was Trek - of course the scenery was beautiful, but not only that. Walking and camping for days on end gives you the time to chat, and get to know everyone in your group. I'm still in contact with so many of the people I met on Raleigh Nepal. I'd 100% recommend it, and if given the chance, I would love to do it again.
I went on my Raleigh Nepal expedition the winter of 2019. I really wanted to see this country, because my mother went here 30 years ago. I thought Raleigh would be the best way to go here, because you get to really see the country which most tourists do not. The trekking fase through the ruby valley is absolutely breathtaking, although sleeping conditions are something you have to get used to :). I won’t spoil to much but just take my word for it that the views will be worth it. The community is super fun, working together with the locals is a blast. You also get to experience what life is like for a Nepali, we even went to a local wedding!
The Nepal expedition is one of the most fulfilling trips you can go on. From the start you are immersed in the diverse culture and you truly get to learn about the Nepali way of life. The trekking although a little tough at time (both physically and mentally) offers the most beautiful views that you will probably ever see. The community phases are super fulfilling as you are able to see the positive impact that you are causing on the communities. Although at some times it feels like a school trip I recommend this trip to anyone!
Having taken a gap year, I was keen to participate in a Raleigh International programme as I wanted to do something that would make a difference. This was certainly achieved throughout my time in Nepal. I spent three weeks working in a rural village where I was able to work on providing water access to local villagers and raising awareness surrounding water hygiene - this was especially rewarding as I was able to see the tangible effects our work had on village life. Not only was I able to achieve a sense of accomplishment but I was able to build a number of connections with the local people and other volunteers alike. Following my time in community, I embarked on a three week expedition through the Ruby Valley. The scenery was breathtaking and it was an experience I will never forget with people I will never forget. To anyone considering participating in a Raleigh International programme; just do it.
This was the experience of a lifetime. I met amazing people & I completely stepped outside of my comfort zone. I learned leadership skills, how to speak a little Nepalese, I worked in a community for 3 weeks, trekked in the foothills of the Himalayas. Going into it, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do this. But Raleigh completely welcomed me into the family and I have never gotten so much out of a program before. If anyone is considering a Raleigh Expedition, I could not recommend it enough.
I came out of this experience knowing that Nepal was the best country I had been to. I loved the culture, the food and perhaps most importantly the people. I met a Nepali called Lillajan who just like me, came to volunteer. He was from the far West of Nepal and I am still in contact with him now, I wish to go back and see him again at some point. This says a lot about my experience since i befriended somebody that I would never had the chance to meet. Interacting with the local people in the rural communities and actually being part of their families was genuinely amazing. I would definitely recommend doing the Nepal expedition.
I was lucky enough to be able to take part in this program and I dare say, it’s life-changing. As a volunteer, I was able to spend 10 weeks in breathtaking locations, surrounded by snowy mountains and lush rainforests, taste incredible food, meet a multitude of interesting people, all while making a lasting difference within local disadvantaged communities. This program is an opportunity to explore a whole new culture, a whole new way of life in all of its authenticity, as life on expedition is led within local households. But what you bring to these communities is far greater: clean and functional water systems, hygiene education, world awareness, and the list goes on. 100% would recommend!
This is by far the best decision I have made as a young adult! This program allowed me to meet others similar to me and make memories I will never forget. While it was challanging at times, for me more in a social aspect than physically, I enjoyed every part of the adventure especially interacting with people from such a diverse culture. I have made bonds with people from the country that I hope to maintain and built friendships with nepali volunteers I wish to visit In the future again :) Daisy
This is an amazing opportunity to get into the heart of the poorer parts of Nepal and support the victims of the 2015 Earthquake as they re-build their communities. You are able to live and work in remote mountain villages educating, improving water supply and sanitation and experiencing the warmth and friendliness of the Nepalese people. You will be part of a young and enthusiastic team with shared goals as they spend 3 week phases in the villages around the Gorkha region, a couple of hours or so drive from the capital, Kathmandu. in addition to the local support you will also have the opportunity to trek through the Ruby Valley experiencing some of the most majestic mountain views in the world sharing your time with new friends. Your group will be led by your peers and you will sleep in local tea houses and community buildings in the remote mountain villages, many of which have no road access. It will be a life changing experience and the opportunity to experience this style of adventure is unique. Support Raleigh and the Nepali people, you won't be disappointed.
I went out in 2017 January to volunteer with young people and develop their leadership skills as well as try working in a different environment to that which i am used to. I learned lots about the Nepali culture, cuisine, language and way of life. Living in a rural community for 6 weeks and trekking through the Ruby valley for 3 weeks are among the best experiences of my life. In the community we worked alongside qualified masons and trainee masons to build earthquake resistant homes for the community. Who received the homes was decided within the community. I was lucky enough to develop a positive relationship with one of the recipients of a home. She and her family were also involved in the building and learning how to build an earthquake resistant home. Hopefully they will take this knowledge and the skills forward and help others build their own homes built to resist destruction from an earthquake. Seeing the young people develop over the 3 months was wonderful too. Some arrived shy and under confident and as they left they had gained positive skills enabling them to find employment or increase their social circles. This could be anyone with the support Raleigh offers to all the volunteers.
I had a gorgeous time in Nepal, living with a host family, trekking across amazing living landscapes and pushing myself every day. Appreciation and gratitude became a daily occurrence. I think about the experience regularly, miss all the great food and miss being able to appreciate living in such a meaningful way. It was all about people and the landscapes - focussing on the important things in life instead of the shallow day to day bits we get caught up in at home. Being able to spend an elongated period of time in such a beautiful country surrounded by wonderful people (both volunteers and locals) was, for me, what made the experience so special. I only wish I could have been there longer, working on more projects - two/three months didn't feel like long enough for me! I cannot recommend it enough. A wonderful organisation - it's nice to trust the company you work for truly has the best in mind. This is the real deal, not some shallow, voluntourism experience.