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Raleigh alumnus Mike Robinson has spent over 20 years advocating for action on climate change and working across Scotland to make substantial shifts in policy and practice. In his own words, Mike shares his journey from Raleigh volunteer to Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, one that has seen him change Scottish law and influence countless groups and organisations into effecting meaningful environmental change.

June 13, 2019

For two weeks, 30 employees from our corporate partner RB are collaborating with 30 young Raleigh Tanzania Society (RTS) volunteers through our ‘Healthier Lives; Happier Homes’ project. Volunteers will be utilising their skills and knowledge of the local context to help RB employees find ways to boost the uptake of healthy hygiene and sanitation behaviours and stop the spread of easily preventable illnesses in rural communities.

June 3, 2019

Raleigh Tanzania and RB have joined forces in a two-year partnership which will help create healthier communities in rural Tanzania. As part of the company’s Global Volunteer Challenge programme, RB employees will be working with current Raleigh Tanzania volunteers to prevent the spread of easily preventable illnesses in communities by finding ways to boost the uptake of healthy hygiene and sanitation behaviours.

May 9, 2019

Raleigh Tanzania WASH Project Officer Tino Dickson and Deputy Operations Coordinator Mica Lam joined the Raleigh volunteers in Mkamba village where the atmosphere is palpable. The school grounds are overrun with excited children and school teachers in colourful matching katange, who, despite being on their Easter break, have all remained in village to show support for the opening ceremony of the newly completed sanitation facilities at Juhudi Primary School.

May 2, 2019

The man of the morning and the subject of our interview is Manuel Víquez, otherwise known as Don Manuel. He is the current director of La Marta and officially works for ‘Castro Carazo University’, who were given control of La Marta in 1991.

April 26, 2019

“My husband left our house when our son was 2 years old. He never came back. I had to look after our child alone. He is 30 years old now. When he was young he used to ask me where his Dad was, but I didn’t have any answer. I used to cry on my own. I don’t know if he’s still alive but I still watch out for him. I still hope that one day he will come, I will wait for him till my last breath.”

Post by Expedition volunteer Sunita Lama Gole

April 20, 2019
Volunteer in Tanzania speaking to community member group

Human created climate change is threatening the future of our planet. This is exacerbated by a booming global population reliant upon unsustainable patterns of production and consumption. But something is changing. Young people are showing they are ready to take the necessary steps to tackle this issue - which they face but did not create - because it is their planet too. In this blog we’ll be asking you, our former volunteers, how you want us to help you make a difference.

April 18, 2019

Gizem is a corporate volunteer with Raleigh International. Her company, multinational health and hygiene firm RB, has been partnered with Raleigh since 2017. As part of this extensive partnership, RB enables future-potential and high-potential employees to take part in a Raleigh Expedition as part of RB’s Long Term Volunteering Programme, and to also develop their leadership skills.

For the past 10 weeks Gizem has been leading young volunteers working on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene projects (WASH) in two communities in the Gorkha region of Nepal. These projects connect strongly to the RB organisational purpose of ‘Healthier Lives, Happier Homes’. Here, Gizem speaks to Raleigh about her time as a Volunteer Project Manager and the lessons she will bring back to RB with her.

April 16, 2019