Our blogs are written by our volunteers in each country to give you a flavour of what life is like on our programmes. Filter by Country, Programme and Subject/Theme to find out more.


Over the past 10 weeks, our summer Expedition has undoubtedly created sustainable change in environments and communities across Sabah. From rehabilitating tropical forest ecosystems to building the infrastructure for communities to access reliable water and safe sanitation.

September 15, 2018

As the final Expedition comes to a close tomorrow, this weekend we will be celebrating the past 31 years of Raleigh Borneo Expeditions in Sabah at our closing ceremony. We want to share this momentous occasion with you - here’s how to keep in the loop…

September 6, 2018

Mempakad mornings are special for more than one reason. It is 6am and the sky has already started to lighten. You wake to the sound of the cockerels crowing, an annoyance you somewhat get used to. There is a heat to the breeze, despite the early morning. The warm air and enclosing greenery doesn’t take long to feel familiar.

Volunteer Mariam illustrates a day in the life of Kampung Mempakad as told by the children in the village.

September 5, 2018

What comes to mind when you think of palm oil? Is it that palm oil is a resource used in 50% of all consumer goods? Or that the Malaysian economy, amongst several others, has become heavily invested it? Or that palm oil is inherently evil? It is an issue that feels as distant as the places that predominantly produce it for many. But, like most controversies, it is never that simple.

August 30, 2018

Kampung Mempakad, located in mountainous terrain in northern Sabah, is the site of our community water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) project. The community of Kampung Mempakad has existed without access to a safe and reliable water supply for generations. All 300 residents of the community are familiar with the daily uncertainties over one of our essential human needs: water.

Host country volunteer Ning spoke to community member Uncle Sudin to find out what it is like living in the village.

August 27, 2018

Raleigh Malaysia, made up of the Raleigh Sabah Society and Raleigh International Kuala Lumpur, is an alumni network of passionate young people committed to building a sustainable future in Malaysia.

August 23, 2018

From rehabilitating tropical forest ecosystems to building the infrastructure for communities to access reliable water and safe sanitation. Our summer expedition is in full swing and sustainable change is being made to environments and communities across Sabah.

August 18, 2018

Volunteers in Bengkoka Forest Reserve conducted research into the biodiversity in the area. 46 different bird species were found over a three-week period, some of which have only ever been recorded once before in Borneo.

Host Country Volunteer Yokie depicts her top 10 birds identified during the research through the medium of sketching.

August 15, 2018

One of the reasons young people from around the world choose to volunteer on Raleigh expeditions is to open their minds to other ways of living and to make positive sustainable change. Aside from the success of the projects, often volunteers benefit most greatly from the interactions they make with their peers. They spend the duration of their time on expedition with people they may never usually have an opportunity to interact with. Of particular note are the relationships between the international and Malaysian volunteers who live and work together on project sites.

August 12, 2018

Over half of the world’s population are under the age of 30. They are the biggest youth generation ever.

Globally, over 600 million young people are unemployed or not in education or training. This figure is set to grow.

For many young people, self-employment and micro-enterprise offers a route out of poverty and poor working conditions.

By delivering business planning and finance training and providing access to seed funding and other forms of microfinance, young volunteers from Raleigh International are helping their peers find sustained, safe, dignified and fair work through entrepreneurship.

August 12, 2018