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Volunteering and Other Ways to Create Positive Change on the Road with Raleigh International @Raleigh_

By Kach Umandap October 26th, 2016 Posted in Travel Blog, Travel Guides 8 Comments

“Giving Travel More Meaning” – The team at sustainable development charity Raleigh International tell us their top 5 small ways to leave a positive footprint whilst traveling

There’s no doubt that life on the road can be a fun-filled adventure, but after countless nights in party hostels with others who speak your language, eating the same food as you would at home, or wandering around yet another museum, the dream lifestyle can start to feel a bit…flat.Raleigh International Volunteer Opportunities Worldwide

If you’re craving more from your travels than just sun and sangria, are itching to get under the skin of the country’s culture and want to leave positive change behind you when you return home, then take a look at our top 5 small ways to make your trip more meaningful.

1. Disconnect to reconnect

It goes without saying that we’re all used to being glued to our phones nowadays, and WIFI is free and plentiful across the hostelling circuit. But what if you switched it off, just for a day? Not having your phone’s GPS means you might need to ask locals for directions, make new friends or get great travel tips. Opening yourself up to opportunities to connect with others adds a richness to your trip that money can’t buy – and to theirs, too.Raleigh International Volunteer Opportunities Worldwide

2. Eat like the locals

Asking locals for their top tips on where to eat can be a great travel hack. Usually they’ll point you to places other tourists won’t find out about – often cheaper, home-made, using local produce, and delicious! You’ll be doing your bit, too, by supporting locally-owned businesses as opposed to foreign-owned establishments often seen on the traveller circuit – tuck in! You can also read our article on how to fit in with the locals on your next trip!Raleigh International Volunteer Opportunities Worldwide

3. Learn the language

Learning even just the basics of the local lingo can open you to a totally new perspective on life. It can create cultural understanding, give you locals’ ‘insider’ tips and help you make new friends along the way. Also – it’s great fun!Moving Abroad and Teaching English in South KoreaHere’s our article on the benefits of learning different languages.

4. Bring a bottle and filter

In some countries, the tap water can wreak havoc on your insides as it’s unsafe to drink, or simply has bacteria you’re not used to. Buying bottled mineral water is not an environmentally friendly solution – although in many countries it’s the most readily available one. Durable bottles and UV filters or steri-tabs are available in most outdoor shops and mean that you can refill and sterilise your water pretty much anywhere – no more plastic waste!Raleigh International Volunteer Opportunities Worldwide5. Volunteer – wisely!

Volunteering your time and skills is a great way to support the countries you travel in. However, with so many organisations out to make a profit rather than a genuine difference, it’s really important to choose your organisation and programme wisely. Before choosing a programme, consider the impact it makes, the cost (and where the money actually goes) as well as how the organisation makes sure it achieves its aims.Raleigh International Volunteer Opportunities Worldwide

Monkey DividersRaleigh International is a non-profit organisation. We ensure our work is as effective as possible and has a real and positive impact on the people involved. We connect communities wanting to improve their lives and their environment with passionate people from around the world who want to take positive action. By working alongside young people to create positive change, communities develop their knowledge and confidence and become more empowered. The energy and motivation of empowered people leads to lasting change.

Now recruiting for our spring 2017 programmes!

Raleigh runs Expeditions three times a year for 5, 7 or 10 weeks at a time. We work in Malaysian Borneo, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Nepal and Tanzania.Raleigh International Volunteer Opportunities Worldwide

Raleigh Expeditions are open to everyone.

No matter where you’re from, Raleigh has something for you! All you need is the passion and enthusiasm to create positive change in the world.

If you’d like to find out more about how you can bring more meaning to your travels on a Raleigh Expedition, Click Here. We’d love to hear from you!

We have both Expedition Volunteer and Volunteer Manager positions available.

If you’ve already made up your mind, you can Apply Now.

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This article is published by me on behalf of Raleigh International. The opinions and text are all from their awesome organization.

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8 thoughts on “Volunteering and Other Ways to Create Positive Change on the Road with Raleigh International @Raleigh_

  1. I choked when I read the bit about being glued to a phone because I am so guilty of that hahaha.. But you’re right, volunteering is such an enriching experience and the thing that I love most about is a sense of fulfillment. Like you’ve done something right. It’s such a refreshing feeling to exert an effort, not for yourself but to help other people. I haven’t volunteered in abroad yet though so I’m going to give it a try next time.

    1. Hi Marge, we are also guilty of that too. Haha! It is hard to be offline when you manage two blogs and travel a lot. However, we do like to volunteer when he have time. Raleigh International brings people together from different countries. It is an opportunity to contribute and socialize with the community. You can join them as a volunteer if you’re aged 17-24 or help lead and support the expeditions as a volunteer manager if you are over 25.

  2. I’m visiting Thailand in December and these are all such amazing tips! I definitely never thought of carrying a water bottle/filter combo – it’s a great way to stay hydrated and keep safe!

    1. Hi Shem, we bring water bottles with filters when we travel because we want to save money and the planet too. These can be pricey but it is a good investment. Just take a tap water and filter it.

  3. This is awesome (and perfect timing!). I’ve been considering a service trip with a group on campus. This is a great list of tips!

    1. That is great, Ari! Raleigh International partner with youth organizations. They give young people a chance to volunteer abroad. I hope that you can join them and let us know.

  4. Volunteering is such a great way to really experience the heart of a country. You get a much more in-depth cultural experience, and volunteering is a win-win for everyone involved. I appreciate that you make a note to research your volunteer organizations. It’s unfortunate that some companies have taken advantage of good-hearted people in order to turn a profit.

    1. Thank you, Brianna. We want to be involved with the right organizations like Raleigh International. There are many communities in the world that need help and assistance. Raleigh International has the right mindset in reaching out to people who would like to volunteer, lead and support. I hope you can join them too.

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Written by Kach Umandap

Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 151 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro where she's enjoying her expat life and living on a gorgeous Stonehouse. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.