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Our young and energetic Expedition Volunteers will be working along with our project partner for creating that lasting change in rural communities of Gorkha. The major source of income of these communities are agriculture and daily wage labour. They will be continuing Raleigh International Nepal’s sustainable WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) work in Gorkha. These dedicated young individuals will work to improve water, sanitation and hygiene. Meet our teams of inspiring volunteers and find out more about the challenges and adventures ahead of them

July 18, 2019

Our Summer 2019 ICS WASH volunteers are currently deployed to their respective four communities of Makwanpur. They will be working their best in partnership with our project partner WOCHEND. 54 volunteers (28 UK volunteers and 26 In-country Volunteers) including 8 Team Leaders (5 Nepalese 3 UK ) have joined this cycle to create that lasting change for a sustainable goal, which Raleigh aims for.

Here is a glimpse of our volunteers and Team Leaders who will be working on ICS WASH projects (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) in the region of Makwanpur this summer cycle.

July 12, 2019

Mradi wa Uwajibikaji wa Jamii Kupitia Vijana (UWAJAKUVI) una lengo la kuongeza kiwango cha mafanikio ya miradi na thamani ya fedha inayotumika kwenye maendeleo katika mkoa wa Dodoma, Iringa na Morogoro itakayonufaisha zaidi ya watu 500,000. Mradi huu utawezesha vijana, wanawake na watu wenye ulemavu zaidi ya 400 ili kushiriki katika ufuatiliaji wa miradi kwenye zaidi ya vijiji 179. Kwa kutumia mfumo bora wa teknolojia ya Application ya DevCheck Development Check. Vijana watajengewa uwezo na kujiamini kuwajibika na kuhimiza jamii nzima kufanya hivyo.

Social Accountability through Youth (SAY) aims to increase the success rate, impact and value for money of development spending in the Dodoma, Iringa and Morogoro regions of Tanzania, benefitting more than 500,000 people. It will do this by empowering over 400 young women and men, including people with disabilities, to effectively and independently monitor project delivery across 179 communities. Through improved reporting systems – such as a dedicated app named DevCheck (Development Check) – and specialised training, these young Tanzanians will gain an increased ability and confidence to hold development organisations to account and encourage their communities to do the same.

July 5, 2019

The Raleigh ICS livelihood programme is currently being implemented in five communities of Gandaki Rural Municipality of Gorkha District. 66 young volunteers (34 Nepalese and 32 UK) including 10 Team Leaders (six Nepalese and four UK ) have joined to continue our livelihoods work. Our young volunteers who are already deployed to their respective communities will have support from our local project partner Goreto Gorkha. They will be engaged in supporting these communities through sustainable Income Generation Activities and youth development work. A total of 150 families will be benefited from the projects running between July and September 2019. Here is a glimpse of our volunteers and Team Leaders who will be working on ICS livelihoods projects in Gorkha.

July 5, 2019

30 RB employees from 23 countries have partnered with 30 Tanzanian youth volunteers on RB’s Global Volunteer Challenge with Raleigh Tanzania, setting out to address challenges in poor hygiene practices across rural Tanzania through the design of behaviour change interventions.

July 4, 2019

After studying business for five years, Dayna wanted to apply her knowledge to a real life situation where she was able to help, before going to university to study International Business Management. Along with this, she wanted to spend time giving back to a community and to volunteer with an organisation like Raleigh International which isn’t ‘voluntourism’. Here Dayna tell us about her experience volunteering with the UK government funded International Citizen Service (ICS) programme which Raleigh delivers in Nepal.

July 2, 2019

Raleigh International Nepal focuses on livelihoods diversification (agriculture) and rural entrepreneurship development by mobilising its young volunteers in rural communities of Nepal. Pralita and Roban - our ICS national volunteers from Spring Cycle, 2019, Gorkha - discuss their impactful experience of working with the rural community in Chapthok.

July 2, 2019

Arriving from all over, a group of international volunteers and project managers, committed to creating positive lasting change, have joined Raleigh's ongoing youth-driven development programme in Costa Rica. Having worked in partnership with local communities since 2001, Raleigh’s in-country team is currently focusing on sustainable development goals centred towards quality, education and life on land.

These objectives, consistent with Costa Rica's shared vision of inclusion, growth and sustainability, will serve as the basis for all projects carried out in the coming months. Led by a team based in Turrialba and the expedition project managers, 80 young volunteers aged between 17 and 24 will participate in youth-driven initiatives, delivering development projects and immersing themselves in local cultures and practices to help foster lasting change.

July 2, 2019

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