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Raleigh International returns to Africa after five years

Tuesday 29th May 2012

Raleigh International return to Africa after five years

After more than five years away from the continent, Raleigh International is setting up a new series of expeditions to Tanzania, on the East coast of Africa. The youth and sustainable development charity has built some relationships with local communities in the country, culminating in a long awaited comeback that will benefit thousands of people. You could be one of them! The projects are available to anyone who wants to take part, getting their hands dirty in development projects such as this one. You could be working in national parks, as well as other key protected areas, building for a brighter future by improving environmental sustainability. And it doesn’t end there. There are brilliant community projects that aim to improve the problems some communities have with education, water and sanitation.

The first expedition will take place in January of 2013 and run for ten weeks, with other expeditions running throughout the year (including shorter-length opportunities). Jim Clements, the former Raleigh International Country Director, will be running the new project and setting up a permanent base in Tanzania. “I’m thrilled to be heading up Raleigh’s return to Africa,” he said. “And look forward to welcoming our first expedition teams in spring 2013. We are in the process of building links with communities on the ground to source projects that will make a real impact.” Raleigh, who have been running projects such as this since 1984 (before a lot of you were born!), are offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a genuine difference to rural communities as well as protecting Tanzania’s unique environmental heritage. During the expedition there is the chance to go on an adventurous trek, which will allow you to take in some of Tanzania’s exceptional scenery. There will be many different projects and plenty of opportunity for you to try your hand at different things as the projects will be based on the communities’ needs. Raleigh International are looking for volunteers aged between 17 and 24 to take part, as well as volunteers over 25 to support the project management of the expeditions.

Raleigh International runs volunteering programmes overseas for people from a wide variety of backgrounds, nationalities and life stages. This ensures that Raleigh can offer volunteers the chance to improve their CV whilst contributing to the awareness of global issues, helping improve the lives of thousands of people - and not just in the communities. Raleigh has supported over 35000 volunteers in the 28 years they’ve been running, so they know what they’re doing. They also have overseas projects in Borneo, Costa Rica & Nicaragua, and India, with expeditions running periodically throughout the year. What are you waiting for?

Check their company profile page here on Gapwork for more information!