Raleigh International Programs
This is not a holiday! You'll be living alongside some of the world's most fascinating communities. A Raleigh expedition to Borneo is a unique opportunity to help raise...
This is not a holiday! You'll be living alongside some of the world's most fascinating communities. A Raleigh expedition to Costa Rica and Nicaragua is a unique opportunity...
This is not a holiday! You will be living and working alongside the local community on a project that directly benefits some of the communities hardest hit by the 2015...
Raleigh International Reviews
10 weeks to remember.
Submitted by Amber King - City and Islington Sixth Form | June 18, 2017
I'm going to be completely honest and whilst I was there I didn't have an amazing experience but that was because of my own mentality and and not because of the actual charity. A piece of advice for anyone who is thinking of volunteering abroad it's important that don't take yourself with you but instead you go with a completely open mind, that way you'll get the best experience.
A part from that I met some really amazing people and now when I go travelling I know people from all around the world who I've shared this amazing experience with and there's nothing like seeing them after a year and just sitting down and having a full blown conversation about the time when you didn't shower for 7 days because of the rain or the time a ferret was stealing your food. It's an experience you'll never forget.
I stayed in Danum Valley which is a primary rainforest and I was so lucky to get to spend one of my phases there, it's an amazing rainforest and we even got to swim in waterfalls which is an experience I'll probably won't to get experience for a while. Whilst also getting to work on a suspension bridge which was very intense labour in the extreme heat, walking 20 minutes to our work place everyone wasn't the greatest experience but after a long days work you get to go back to camp have a very cold shower and be thankful you didn't run into any leeches for the day. Another memorable moment was waking up at 4 in the morning to go and watch the sunrise which was absolutely incredible. I think something I will always miss about living in the rainforest is falling asleep to the sound of nature and sometimes the intense rain pouring down onto your shelter.
In my community phase I was working in a extremely rural village building a solar panel workshop, another charity that was working with sent Grannies from the village to India in order for them to learn how to fix solar panels (the village is very reliant of solar panels) and the workshop is where they did work. I think this had to be my best phase as we were able to interact with the community and they were so kind as to supply us with fresh fruit and we were able to buy fruit and vegetables on the way which meant were able to have fresher food for dinner. There were also community shops where we were able to buy noodles and whatnot which we had at lunch. Definitely the best phase.
And then there was trek, 17 days trekking through the jungle, sleeping in hammocks, getting caught in the rain, being absolutely soaked and not washing for 7 says straight because of the rain, non waterproof tarps, waking up in a wet hammock and leeches for days on end. Definitely the hardest phase of them all but the most intense and maybe something I'll consider doing again xD I loved it though, I had a really supportive group and supportive volunteer managers.
Great break from the polluted, crowded city!
Life changing ICS experience in Nicaragua
Submitted by Charlotte williamson - London United Kingdom | May 25, 2017
My time with Raleigh international was absolutely fantastic. Living with a host family was a great way to immerse yourself into the local culture and develop strong relationships with the community.
I would highly recommend this experience regardless of your background, skills or experience, everyone can benefit from it.
New people, new experiances.
Submitted by Marcus - Lane Community College | May 23, 2017
Raleigh Borneo is definitely an adventure that I will remember for the rest of my life as I have a lot of memories, met a lot of people of different backgrounds as well as learn a lot of new and important things that can be applied in my day to day life. This 10 week expedition has definitely made me more aware about what is happening around the world and make me realise that we need to change our life styles in order to preserve our planet in order for future generations to continue inhabiting this planet without having to suffer from environmental problems.
Submitted by kayan - coventry | May 20, 2017
This is Everything I wanted to do and more. I wanted to volunteering making a difference and I can here. I loved the country itself and the project was something I wanted. Using my business studies knowledge contributes to the livelihood project. I wanted to go abroad and was able to. I get to experience the culture and their hospitality. The weather and living conditions was what I expected. A bonus here is the community, and environment. There's animals, and I love zoos in England so this is way better. There is good health and safety put in place to avoid becoming ill.
Once in a lifetime opportunity.
So one word...
The greatest challenge
Submitted by Rachel Barton - University of Southampton | May 19, 2017
I loved every single moment of my 10 weeks in Borneo with Raleigh International! Even when I was being ravaged by leeches and soaked through to the bone. I can honestly say that it was the most challenging thing I have ever done but also the most worth while. It is very cliché to say, but I definitely came back with more confidence having learnt so much about myself and about leadership as well as creating bonds with people that will last a life time!
Malaysian Borneo is a spectacular place and I am so grateful I got to explore the unexplored with Raleigh.