Raleigh Expedition - Volunteer abroad in summer


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

Our summer programs are specifically designed for those who may have less time but still want to achieve lasting sustainable change.

Please note: Applications to our 2021 summer programs are now closed but we are already recruiting for our 2022 Raleigh Expeditions!

We believe young people have the power to change the world. So we run overseas volunteering programmes to ignite young people’s passion for change and equip them with the skills, networks and confidence to become youth leaders. Our Expedition program encompasses a variety of up to three different projects and experiences, that combined give our volunteers the opportunity to create change in themselves as well as in the environments and communities where we work. Young people who volunteer with us will have the chance to build their skills on an adventure leadership trek, create real lasting change working together with communities on the community project and combat one of the biggest challenges facing us today through the environmental project.

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

Join over 55,000 people from over 100 countries and become part of a global community dedicated to supporting youth-led action.

During the Expedition, students will participate in up to three different project phases depending on how long they go away for:

Community project

We work in partnership with communities to identify where change is needed most and how we can create lasting positive impact. Although you may only be based in a community for a few weeks, you will be part of a wider long-term effort helping to strengthen worldwide communities, increase education opportunities or improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

Environmental project

We recognise that young peoplewill not stand-by whilst the natural world is depleted, so we create opportunities to combat the global challenges we all face.

Our environmental projects make gradual steps toward long term impact. Even if you join us for just a few weeks, you will be contributing to the global effort needed to help preserve the world's natural environment.

Adventure Leadership Trek 

Our Adventure Leadership Treks are an essential part of Expeditions - showing that you can build skills and create change in you, in addition to our community and environmental projects.

You will build core skills, resilience and determination to drive change, trekking through remote areas tourists don’t normally get access to.

To give you peace of mind...

At Raleigh International, 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.

Cost and Session Information

4 week Expedition $3,400 (Costa Rica only)

5 week Expedition $3,950 (Nepal only)

7 week Expedition $4,950

10 week Expedition $5,500

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