Raleigh International

Raleigh International is a youth and sustainable development charity that first began as ‘Operation Drake’ in 1978, later evolving into ‘Operation Raleigh,’ and now the organisation it is today.  Our programmes have encompassed many countries and projects over the years, but currently our Expeditions operate in Costa Rica, Nepaland Tanzania.

Raleigh works to create lasting change through youth.  By working side-by-side with communities, our volunteers have the power, energy and positivity to create and deliver solutions.  As a result of our projects, we succeed in bringing positive change not only to struggling communities and vulnerable environments around the world, but to the generations of volunteers who get involved to develop themselves and create impact together as active world citizens.

45,000 people in over 100 countries have volunteered with Raleigh.  Among the findings from our most recent Impact Report in 2017 we saw that as a result of our projects:


  • 700 homes in Nepal now have access to safe drinking water
  • 70% of children in Tanzania could show they now know how to safely wash their hands and 95% of the new toilets and taps we had built were in use
  • 21 new communities in Costa Rica demonstrated improved knowledge about climate change and what they can do about it

Mission Statement

To create lasting change through youth.


To create lasting change through youth in:

  • Livelihoods – helping to deliver jobs, skills and businesses for young people
  • Natural resource management – empowering a generation of champions of the natural environment
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene – putting young people at the heart of safe water, sanitation and good hygiene
  • Youth in civil society – ensuring young people are connected, valued partners in development


  • Find the courage
  • Open to discovery
  • Never give up
  • Create impact together
  • Act with integrity

Volunteer Roles

As a Raleigh Volunteer Manager you will be a part of the team ensuring safe running of our projects in addition to being actively involved in them.  You will look after the general health of our volunteers and play a key role in managing their daily activities and wellbeing.  You’ll deliver one-to-one and group support and coaching for the volunteers to ensure they get the most from the experience; this is also a great opportunity for you to develop your own leadership skills and confidence.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to deliver basic first aid.

Accommodation will depend on whether you are predominantly based at our project-sites or at field base, which is the operational hub of each country.  On project site, you may stay in homestays or community centres that have been organised by Raleigh, or camp outdoors on our group trek phases.  When working from field base, you’ll share living quarters with our other support volunteers, at accommodation about a 5-10 minutes walk from the field base.

During a project phase (Nepal and Costa Rica only) you and at least one other Project Manager will also be managing a group of around 12 young people, a mix of internationals and those from the country you are volunteering in, on the projects themselves.  You may also have the chance to join a group trek which is a great chance to develop your skills, bond with volunteers and experience your Expedition country.

All transport, bed and board in country for the purposes of the projects or Raleigh’s work is organised and paid for by Raleigh.


  • Flights – Volunteer
  • Accommodation – Project
  • Food – Project
  • Transport-In-Country – Project
  • Visa – Volunteer
  • Travel Insurance – Project
  • Medical Indemnity – Volunteer

Volunteer Requirements




Must be fully licenced in volunteer’s home country

Other skills/experience

Transferable medical skills
Teamworking abilities
Flexible and adaptable



Clinical experience

Ideally a minimum of two years’ experience post qualification

Time commitment

8-13 weeks

Volunteering experience

None required

Driving license

Not required

Contact Details:






+44 (0) 207 183 1295