Our Expeditions take place three times a year, starting in February & March, June & July and October & November.
Raleigh Expedition isn’t like other volunteer programmes. We run life-changing Expeditions to some of the most remote places on the planet. Volunteers live in a homestay with a local family, work on sustainable projects in remote communities or national parks with an international team, and trek through unique and stunning landscapes.
Volunteers are challenged to achieve things they didn’t know they were capable of and return home with the power to create lasting change.
A Typical Day on this Course
A stunning country, Nepal is home to eight of the world's ten tallest mountains; snowy peaks and fluttering prayer flags will dominate your view. On your Nepal Expedition, you’ll be enchanted by the country's landscape and friendly people.
A five, seven or 10-week Expedition in Nepal provides exposure to different people, new cultures, situations, and environments. You will get the chance to take part in up to three projects, dependent on the length of your Expedition: Community, Environmental, and Adventure.
A Raleigh expedition in Nepal is a unique opportunity to help raise environmental awareness and tackle poverty, whilst experiencing real Nepal. You will be living and working alongside a Nepalese community. You'll be working on a water and sanitation project to help improve access to drinking water, handwashing and toilet facilities, as well as raising awareness of these issues in the community. Your team will be working alongside local project partners and community members to create lasting change. You could be helping construct toilets one day and be building handwashing stations the next. It might be hard work at times but your effort and energy will make a real difference.
You’ll also get the chance to take part in an adrenaline-fuelled adventure trek in the Ruby Valley in Dhading. You'll trek up hills, through local villages, beautiful farm terraces and see stunning views of the central Himalayas. Led by our local guides and Raleigh leaders, your trek will allow you to explore the incredible scenery that Nepal is famed for. After a day's trekking through the foothills of the Himalayas, you and your team will set up camp out under the stars and cook outside together. It’s a pretty magical time.
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.
- Immerse yourself in a remote Nepalese community – learn about local life and customs.
- Work on meaningful community led projects, contributing to the Global Goals.
- Take part in an adrenaline-fuelled adventure trek. Challenge yourself, get muddy, see amazing scenery & wildlife and sleep under the stars.
- Make your CV stand out - develop key skills that will set you up for the future.
- Make genuine, lasting friendships and grow a network which covers the globe.
Who are we looking for?
We need volunteers aged 17-24 to help deliver our sustainable development programmes. We also have volunteer manager positions available for those aged 25 and over.
Raleigh’s volunteers come from all over the world and we welcome individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and life stages. All you need is an open mind, commitment and a desire to change your world for the better.
As a volunteer with us you could join an Expedition in Nepal, Nicaragua & Costa Rica, or Tanzania. A Raleigh Expedition is a once in a lifetime experience. You’ll meet and collaborate with people from all over the world including local volunteers from the country you are in. You will also immerse yourself in another culture and develop new skills, whilst using your passion and positivity to drive sustainable change where it is really needed.
It won’t be easy. Our Expeditions are tough! You will be challenged but we are here to support you from now until you complete your Raleigh programme and beyond.
What we can offer you
Volunteering on a Raleigh Expedition gives you the chance to get involved with a variety of projects. Bring your determination to a community development project, learn about protecting vulnerable environments on an environmental conservation project and challenge yourself on our tough adventure phase.
You can join an Expedition for 4, 5, 7 or 10 weeks. Our Expeditions take place three times a year, starting in February & March, June & July and October & November.
If you volunteer on a 10-week programme you will take part in all three phases of the programme: community, environment and adventure. Volunteers on a 7-week Expedition will complete two of the three phases.
Those on a 5-week Expedition will either do a community or environment project and a tough, adventure challenge. We only offer the 4 and 5 week Expeditions once a year, starting in June or July.
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