I have been offered a bursary to do a 10 week raleigh expedition. This means I will only pay £1000 + flights etc. (as opposed to £3000) for a 10 week trip. Raleigh are a charity and they organise community and environmental projects for volunteer work in remote locations in India, Costa Rica and Borneo.
Has anybody here have any experience of Raleigh or any other of this sort of volunteer work or just any advice in general if I should go for it or not.
Thanks for your help
You would have to cost out what a similar trip would cost you, £1000 goes a long way in the countries you mentioned.
I have also been offered the bursary.
Have you decided what you are going to do yet?
Well put it this way, I'm going for a 12 week trip to costa rica in January to volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary, including accomodation, food and flights etc, the whole trip should cost me a little over £1500 sterling. Now take into account that the flights are £685 ish to Costa Rica depending on how you fly...
Its much better than £3000 and if the itinery sounds good enough, for example I know alot of those volunteer stuff come with PADI courses, then I would go for it, because you'd get said SCUBA training aswell.
Just to give you an idea.
I did Raleigh when I was 19 (admittedly this was 8 years ago....) and went to Mongolia for the 10 weeks. It was an amazing experience, I met loads of really great people (some of which I am in still in contact with now!) and it was really well organised. It depends what you want out of the trip - its very structured, you will be in groups of about 15 and get a lot of support from staff etc.
It was really hard work (i think Mongolia was a particularly tough one though) but very rewarding. We did:
Community phase - building a clinic, alongside the local builders, which was great fun/experience. We did the 1st phase and were lucky enough to visit it at the end when it was finished.
Environmental - Tracking wildlife in the Gobi desert
Adventure - trekking from well to well in the Gobi, without a doubt the hardest thing I have ever done, but great at the same time. I look back and can't believe I did it!
I think as there are 3 phases, its very varied which you might not get if you organised it yourself. You will be with 3 different groups so will meet lots of people, and it is really well organised so you don't really have to think about food, accommodation, transport etc. I travelled on to China with people i met on my expedition too, which I would never have done on my own.
Anyway, hope that helps, if you have any questions then feel free to ask!