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
Join Raleigh International on an exciting Expedition to Costa Rica. Put your Spanish to the test in this country that is home to volcanoes, tropical rainforest and some of the friendliest people on earth.
A four, seven or 10-week Expedition in Costa Rica 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 Costa Rica is a unique opportunity to help raise environmental awareness and tackle poverty, whilst living in some of the most beautiful places on earth. Your days will be spent working on a community led project, contributing to the Global Goals. You and your team will be helping improve access to water and basic sanitation facilities. You will be working with our local partners and the community themselves to create lasting change together. It will be both challenging and extremely rewarding.
Our environmental work is focused on national resource management. You will get to work in one of the country’s stunning national parks, home to flora, fauna and some pretty spectacular wildlife; red eyed frogs, white headed capuchin monkeys and macaws to name but a few. You’ll stay in the park itself. Home will either be in a park building or you’ll to set up camp in the park itself.
You will also get the opportunity to take part in an exhilarating adventure trek. On our coast to coast trek, you walk from one side of Costa Rica to the other from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. You and your team will navigate the trek with the support of our Volunteer Managers. Terrain will be varied, you could be in thick jungle or rainforest one day or walking along the ridge of a volcano with far reaching across the landscape, the next. Each night you and your team will set up camp and take turns to cook for one another. You might stay in a local community or out in the wilderness.
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 rural Costa Rican 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, 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, 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 4 week Expedition will either do a community or environment project and a tough, adventure challenge. We only offer the 4 week Expeditions once a year, starting in June or July.
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