16I Project Managers prepare to lead

16th June 2016

The three international Project Managers, Daniel, Jitesh and Nishi, and Medic, Dee, join the in-country Project Managers Anish, Rina and Tara to learn more about the role of the Project Manager and what’s in store for them on the project sites and trek.

This includes:

  • Aims of their projects and local impact.
  • Cultural awareness on the Gorkha region in which they will be based.
  • Health and hygiene.
  • Communications.
  • Risk assessment, incident management and casualty evacuation.

After training, which will also include a practice trek and community project planning visit, they will help make Raleigh history by leading, inspiring and empowering diverse groups of young volunteers to achieve sustainable change for the first time in Nepal.

Nepal 16I PM group welcome

Back row, left to right: Jitesh, Tara, Anish, Daniel. Front row, left to right: Dee, Nishi, Rina


Medic: Dee

Dee is responsible for providing routine and emergency medical care on expedition, advising and supporting Field Medics and is the first point of contact for any health and wellbeing issues.

Doctor Dee was teaching medical students at The Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin prior to joining expedition and before that, working in emergency medicine in Wellington, New Zealand.

“I wanted to work as an expedition medic with a well established organisation and Raleigh particularly appealed when I found out they were starting work in Nepal. I had a wonderful time trekking here in 2012 and wanted to give something back to the country that was so severely devastated by last year’s earthquake.”

Project Managers: Anish, Daniel, Jitesh, Nishi, Rina and Tara

The dual objective of the Project Manager role is to deliver the aims of the project while developing  young volunteers. The Project Manager plans the project in detail ensuring that it is challenging and enjoyable for the Venturers, as well as leaving a positive impact on the local communities.

Anish finished his Bachelor’s exams just before joining expedition. Raleigh’s values appealed to the social science student. He also worked as a restaurant supervisor alongside his studies and is looking forward to putting his leadership skills to good use.

“My main motivation for joining Raleigh Nepal is helping people get their lives back to normal after the earthquakes. I’m also really keen to set a good example for youth motivation.”

Raleigh veteran, Daniel, completed expedition 11C as a Venturer in his home country, Costa Rica (and Nicaragua) five years ago after finishing university and the following year as a Project Manager in 12B. He has just completed a Masters Degree in Earthquake Engineering and Seismology in Italy.

“I was excited to learn that Raleigh were going to Nepal because being involved in sustainable projects that will help people rebuild their homes and lives after the earthquake fits well with my degree.

“Volunteering with Raleigh in another country represents a new challenge for me and offers the chance to meet new people and experience different cultures.”

Fresh from a two-year stint as a healthcare management consultant in Australia, West Bromwich-born Jitesh enjoys designing solutions to complex problems.

“The end of my contract in Australia was the perfect time to apply and use the skills I gained there in a youth leadership setting. I am keen to share the things I have learned during my career and also to learn from others.”

Lawyer, Nishi, was previously looking after international operations for a silicon valley tech company.

“My passion for adventure, travel and youth development was fostered at an early age through organisations like the Scouts and Air Training Corps. I am looking forward to learning more about myself, other people and the world we live in.”

Rina completed her Masters in English Literature just prior to training for expedition.

“I always wanted to work on programmes based in villages but the important thing for me was the opportunity to learn with a respected organisation like Raleigh that will help me grow. It was the perfect fit.”

Tara heard about Raleigh from Bikrant, Deputy Operations Manager, when they studied together. He spent the past year volunteering in school and temporary construction work in the Langtang and Sitapaila regions.

“I want to help the communities in need but with the extra support a well organised body such as Raleigh offers, with it’s excellent contacts and experience in planning. It’s a different way to volunteer for me.”

“We’re looking forward to supporting a remarkable group of energetic, socially-engaged young leaders to realise their potential and deliver positive change,” said Nishi.

What’s next?

19 June – Practice trek

22 June – Project planning visit

29 June – Young volunteers ‘Venturers’ arrive


Photo credits: Bruno Oliveira

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