Project information

Expedition Bursary Fund for UK Youth

Raleigh International is committed to increasing the impact of our Expedition programme through diverse volunteer groups. Providing financial support through bursaries will give young people with potential the opportunity to join Expedition and effectively engage in personal and global development.

July 2017 - December 2018

Charity information: Raleigh International Trust

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  • Need


    Over half the world’s population are under 30. Given the chance, they can be leaders of global change.
    However, they are often undervalued, underestimated and expected to underachieve, particularly if they are unemployed, in low-paid work or from low opportunity areas.
    Volunteering abroad enables them to gain skills and experiences, and find solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. But raising the funds to take part in a structured, impactful development programme can be prohibitive.


    We believe young people are one of the most important resources the world has. Providing financial support through bursaries will enable more young people from low-income households to participate in our Expedition programme.
    We will create diverse groups of volunteers from a range of socio-economic backgrounds, and target young people who already contribute to society, giving them the opportunity to fulfil their potential creating sustainable change, both globally and in their own communities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Give 7 young people from low opportunity backgrounds the chance to be leaders of global change


    » Award bursaries to young people who are unemployed, in low-paid work or from low opportunity areas – who’d struggle to raise funds for an Expedition
    » Select young people who already contribute to society, empowering them to fulfil their potential to create lasting change in the UK and globally
    » Cover the young person’s support costs, e.g. vaccinations, removing this barrier to taking part in a structured and impactful development programme

    What success will look like

    Seven UK volunteers supported by a bursary to join Expedition in 2018 who would not otherwise have had the means to participate.

    Aim 2

    Enable 7 bursary recipients to gain skills and experiences, and fulfil their potential


    » Challenge and support each young person to fundraise £800 towards the Expedition programme costs, to learn budgeting, negotiation and marketing
    » Train each volunteer in active citizenship and skills development, both in the UK and through participating in the 10-week Expedition programme
    » Volunteer with rural communities on projects to create lasting change in livelihoods, natural resource management, and water, sanitation and hygiene

    What success will look like

    Bursary recipients report significant increase in their knowledge and soft skill development in the volunteers' end of Expedition survey.

    Aim 3

    Empower a diverse group of young global citizens to change the world for the better


    » Through bursaries, enable young people from a range of socio-economic backgrounds to take part in Raleigh’s youth-driven sustainable development work
    » Run structured projects and team building activities with volunteer groups to create lasting change alongside developing rural communities
    » Put young people at the heart of our Expedition programme to develop solutions and make decisions to resolve some of the world’s biggest challenges

    What success will look like

    Seven Expedition groups (approx.) include a bursary recipient and the post-Expedition reports show successful outcomes for the volunteers and projects.

  • Impact


    Raleigh’s youth-led delivery is a proven means for young people to develop skills and confidence, and reflect on, advocate for and bring about change on issues affecting them. Through engaging bursary recipients on Expedition, we will create a group of diverse young global citizens whose impact will continue after their volunteering with us ends. We will demonstrate success through the actions of our growing global alumni network, and in evaluation reports from our project communities.


    Our internal bursary working group identifies and addresses risks with Trustee guidance in setting up an efficient process that attracts the most appropriate young people. We set a clear eligibility criteria list and a simple application process. The form, optional video, and phone interview will also help our Approval Board check they can cope with the rigours of Expedition without extra support beyond fundraising. Successful recipients will then join our wider Expedition volunteer journey.


    We will share a case study of a successful bursary recipient, who is happy to share their story, with all donors. We will also update on the lasting change created by their Expedition volunteer group, together with communities, using words and photos direct from the field and end of project report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £26,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £350 Pre-Expedition Training Event Enable bursary recipients to attend pre-departure
      £1,260 Visas Ensure bursary recipients are legally able to volunteer
      £2,450 Vaccinations Protect bursary recipients' safety while in rural communities overseas
      £2,100 Flights Transport bursary recipients' to/from Expedition programme country
      £19,840 Expedition Programme Facilitating bursary recipients' activities during 10-week Expedition
  • Background


    Bursary recipients will be from across the UK. Raleigh runs this programme in rural and marginalised communities in 5 countries: Malaysian Borneo, where the Sabah region lacks basic services; Nepal, recovering after 2015’s earthquake; Nicaragua, second poorest nation in the Western hemisphere; Costa Rica, with 5% of the planet’s biodiversity; and Tanzania, with few opportunities for growing youth population.


    7 young people, whose financial and personal circumstances would prevent them participating on Expedition, will receive a bursary. (Final number dependent on bursary award levels given.) Recipients are likely to be unemployed or in low paid work, from low opportunity areas in the UK, with minimal experience of travel. Additionally, 70+ UK and other international youth, including those from our countries of operation, will benefit indirectly from a more diverse and successful Expedition group.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Raleigh International is a youth driven sustainable development charity creating meaningful and lasting development impact. Our 2017-2020 strategy sets out how we will put young people at the heart of global change, developing solutions and making decisions. By working side by side with marginalised communities, in their own countries and globally, young people improve the quality of services, increase innovation, inclusion and collaboration, and empower communities to take social action.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jess, Alumni Coordinator

    Raleigh Tanzania alumna Jess will administer the application process, interview applicants and share the approval board’s decision.

    Daisy / Camille, Volunteer Coordinators

    One of the team, depending on the Expedition country, will support with pre-departure preparation and reaching the fundraising target.

    Volunteer Manager (Various)

    The bursary recipient will work with several trained Volunteer Managers during Expedition, who will guide their development and project success.

    Bursary Recipient (Various)

    The young person who receives the bursary is instrumental in the project’s success. Their enthusiasm, passion and commitment will make the experience.

30 years of Raleigh creating an impact through volunteer led projects in Borneo!


could ensure one young person receives training to successfully participate in the 10-week programme

This experience had such an impact on me. Fundraising helped raise my confidence through public speaking about Raleigh's work. My favourite moment was seeing our community members' faces when we first turned on the water having re-piped the whole village to provide a reliable water source. Amazing!

Joy, 19, volunteered in Malaysian Borneo