Raleigh International
92% Rating
(22 Reviews)

Raleigh International

Fall Expeditions are now open!
There are lots of exciting programmes lined up for this Fall. You could be trekking through the jungle of Borneo, supplying a rural village in Tanzania with clean water and much more besides! Sign up now and reserve your space before they fill up!

At Raleigh International, we empower young people and communities to drive lasting positive change. We are committed to building a future that's sustainable, and we believe that the best way to achieve this is to harness the power and energy of youth.

We have over 30 years' experience of working with young people. Our programmes are structured and supportive, and we take our volunteers' safety extremely seriously. Our expeditions are a chance for young people to gain valuable life-skills such as teamwork and leadership, to broaden their outlook and experience new parts of the world and to meet fellow volunteers from across the globe.

Raleigh's history of volunteering dates back to members of the British royal family, and to date we have inspired over 40 000 volunteers to make their impact in the world.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Alastair
Male
24 years old
United Kingdom
University of Oxford

Personal development and charity work

9/10

Fantastic experience meeting new people from all over the world, especially the locals, and learning about their cultures. Made loads of new friends and learned a lot about myself - it is important to note that Raleigh's main goal is youth development. The work you do in the host countries is obviously of huge benefit but there is always a big focus of personal development (leadership, teamwork etc). I wasnt aware of this before I went, but it was really useful and absolutely doesn't stop you having a great time! Some of the best 3 months of my life!

Dan
Male

Raleigh Internatal Borneo

9/10

Awesome time was spent working on wash (water and sanitation), youth development and environment projects for a renowned company in a wonderful location. There is a big emphasis on teamwork and youth development and the support provided by the Raleigh fieldbase staff was great. It was such a good opportunity to spend an extended period of time in an incredibly diverse environment and play a part in making a lasting change to the projects and communities.

How can this program be improved?

Better development feedback for volunteer managers.

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Laura
Female
38 years old
London, UK
University College London

The most amazing experience of my life!

10/10

What can i say? 15 years on, my Raleigh expedition is still a defining part of my life. I made some firm and lifelong friends, but meeting so many people from diverse backgrounds also really helped to develop the networking and interpersonal skills that I rely on in my subsequent career (as a lawyer).

The experience of living and contributing to a community so very different to mine rocked my world. I'll never forget my Nicaraguan "family", receiving piles of ripe mangoes for an English lesson well delivered, the experience of pulling water from the well to "shower" in the open air under a hail of twigs from cheeky boys in the trees above, nor watching the sun rise over the steaming rainforest from the verandah of the village chief's house after 10 exhausting days of trekking through paths few other non-indigenous feet had trodden.

Raleigh taught me the power of my own self -belief - and awoke a thirst for new travels and experiences that has stayed with me. I recommend it to you without hesitation!

How can this program be improved?

It is great!

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Steve
Male
35 years old
United States
University of Miami

Amazing Adventure

8/10

I was fortunate enough to be able to volunteer in Malaysia Borneo as Raleigh International's staff photographer. It was such an exciting adventure I couldn't be happier for going. You get to work on sustainable development in the rainforest, a place most of the world will never get the opportunity to experience. You get to live in the jungle, learn about yourself, make differences in communities, and make life long friends with people from all over the world.

Working with communities, not for them, is such an amazing experience. You learn about a culture you wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to learn about. The communities accept you into their homes and make you a part of their families. You learn about sustainable development and change your life for the better as you're helping to better the lives of others.

Raleigh teaches you what you are capable of accomplishing and you come out a stronger, more confident individual who will go on to greater things. I would encourage everyone to participate in a Raleigh program.

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Steve
Male
35 years old
United States
University of Miami

The best decision I've ever made.

10/10

I found Raleigh International on a job board and originally thought I was applying for a job. I found out in the interview that it was a volunteer position and had to make a split second decision whether or not to continue. I'm beyond happy for choosing to go.

I learned about sustainable development and was able to actually be a part of making a difference. I made friends with people from all over the world who share ideals for making this world a better place to live for everyone. I've seen parts of the world that I never would have had the opportunity to see otherwise. I volunteered for 13 weeks as the staff photographer and ended staying for a total of 7 months. In fact, the photos you see to the right are all photos that I took.

Raleigh helps you become a global citizen that is willing to take charge to make life and the planet a better place to live. They help you develop your confidence, leadership skills, and adaptability while you are helping communities better their lives by working with them, not for them. Raleigh Tanzania is not voluntourism, it's sustainable development to create a better world for your future.

The connections I made, the people I met, and the work we accomplished has helped shape me into the person I am today and I couldn't be happier. I am stronger, smarter, and more aware.

Being an American and volunteering for a U.K. based NGO was the most eye opening experience I could have ever asked for. I learned about cultures that I never would have learned about and met individuals I am proud to call friends.

Program Listings

Nicaragua

Raleigh International
A Raleigh expedition to Nicaragua and Costa Rica is a unique opportunity to experience incredible cultures and help tackle po...

Tanzania

Raleigh International
Become part of Tanzania. One of the world's friendliest, most beautiful and most diverse countries. You'll live with a Tanzan...

Malaysia

Raleigh International
Would you like the chance to live in the Malaysian cloudforest? On a Raleigh expedition, you'll travel to remote, untouched p...

Nepal

Raleigh International
Temples and paddy fields. Herds of water buffalo. Prayer flags and dusty plains. Nepal is so much more than snowy mountains....