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    Raleigh International Gap: South Africa

    Raleigh International Gap: South Africa


    • Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Destinations: South Africa
    • Credit Awarded: None
    • Program Length: Four Weeks, Two Months, Semester, Quarter
    • Start Month: February, June, October
    • Category: Environmental Conservation
    • Selective: No
    • Gender: Coed
    • Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
    • Housing: Dorm
    • Minimum Cost: $3,000 - $4,999
    • Meeting: Schedule a Meeting
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    A Raleigh Expedition in South Africa is a truly unique international experience for 17-24 year olds. Join young volunteers from across the world and a community of over 55,000 Raleigh Alumni.

    Where will you be based?

    The Raleigh International fieldbase in South Africa is in Hoedspruit, a rural town situated at the foot of the Klein Drakensberg.

    Between each project phase you will stay at fieldbase. However, you will be in different locations for each project phase.

    How long can you go for?

    Each summer we run a 4, 7 and 10 week Expeditions in South Africa. 

    The 10-week program is the most immersive of our Expeditions. You will take part in all three project phases, in three locations and with three different groups.

    If you don’t have as much time, the 7-week program is a great option. You will take part in two different phases – one trek and one project – in two different locations, with two different groups.

    The 4-week program is perfect for a summer break. Participate in one full volunteering project and a shorter trek. 

    The three project phases

    1. Community volunteering project

    This community-led project is focussed around finding sustainable solutions to issues such as poverty, low levels of education, food insecurity. Each day, you will walk into the adjacent community, working as a team on projects such as building sustainable food gardens. You will discover a warm welcome, gain an appreciation for the local culture and learn some of the Xitsonga language (one of the 11 official languages of South Africa).

    2. Environmental volunteering project

    This phase will have a direct impact on restoring a healthy habitat on land bordering the Kruger National Park. You will be involved in invasive plant removal, indigenous tree planting, combating soil erosion, snare sweeping, litter picking, and road clearing. All of which will help accelerate the restoration of a truly magical wilderness. 

    3. Adventure Leadership Trek

    Supported by our local experienced guide, medic and Raleigh leaders, your trek will allow you to explore a true wilderness in a safe and supported way. Along the way there will be no marked trails, facilities or shops, allowing you to find real connection with the planet, yourself, and your fellow adventurers. Everyone starts and finishes trek together, come rain or sun (or even snow!) and no matter what trekking experience you have beforehand.

    Supporting one another through these moments, not giving up and sharing your achievements together will be some of the most memorable and defining moments of your Expedition.

    Cost and Session Information

    4 Weeks- $3,680

    7 Weeks- $5,380

    10 Weeks- $5,970