Reviews (2)

    • More than a Gap Year
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      Reviewed on 16/10/2020 by Jaime

      I went to Nicaragua with Raleigh in 2015 as a team leader and it was definitively one on the most significant experiences of my life. Raleigh presented me with an experience to live with and get to know a rural community, challenged me to learn and improve myself and recognise the global repercussions or our actions.
      I grew as a person with my team and made connections that I will remember forever. The programme is sustainable and maintains good relationships with all the communities where the programme is carried out ensuring that volunteers do not just turn up and then vanish without ensuring the long term impact of the project. Raleigh is a fantastic opportunity to learn from others and develop yourself.

    • Brilliant experience!
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      Reviewed on 28/06/2017 by Camille

      I had the best 7 weeks of my life in Tanzania in summer 2016 with Raleigh! My first phase was the trek, which was challenging but incredibly rewarding. I gained leadership and teamwork skills, made great friendships and the landscapes were beautiful. Next, I was part of the SWASH (School Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) project. This involved living with a host family in a small village, and working in the local primary school. I helped to construct a sanitation block for the female students, and I also participated in raising awareness of improved hygiene practices, aimed at the students as well as other members of the community. It was so fulfilling to be able to make a difference and to learn about the Tanzanian culture. I would definitely recommend a Raleigh Expedition to anyone who is interested!


    • My experience with Raleigh was truly life changing. It made me challenge myself and achieve things that I did not think I would be able to. I took part as a volunteer manager and felt that the training and support from the in country staff was excellent. The safety standards were exceptional with a strong emphasis on preventing accidents but also ensuring that we were confident in what to do in the event of an emergency and having had to put these into effect I felt completely able to deal with the situation. We got to work in some of the most outstanding scenery in Costa Rica and meet some amazing members of the community. The experience has truly changed my outlook and made me want to be a more active citizen and carrying out further volunteer work is now an integral part of my life.

      - Chloe - May 19, 2017
    • For our project we were based in a rural village which took 2 hours from the nearest road to walk there - it was one of the most remote places I have been and staying with local families in their homes was truly amazing. Despite the fact that we didn't share a common language we formed a close bond with our family as we got by on a mixture of Nepali and English words and a large amount of miming! Being able to be part of the water and sanitation project which Raleigh was carrying out there was such a privilege. The village had limited access to water and the construction of a new water system meant that they had a more reliable source of water. The construction of new tap stands and toilets also meant better access to facilities in the village.

      - Sally - July 10, 2019
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