Young people need to be heard to the change the world. The Raleigh International blog is a platform for young people to share their voices on issues and causes they feel passionate about. Views shared on the blog do not necessarily represent the views of Raleigh International


Volunteering on Raleigh gives you the opportunity to make a change in the world, but it also changes you. Following his Raleigh placement in Costa Rica last year, RB employee Ted has been reflecting on what he learnt on Raleigh and how this helped him through the global pandemic.

July 28, 2020

Tuesday May 26 2020 was a historical day for Costa Rica, Central America, and the world. Costa Rica became the first Central American country to legalize same-sex marriage. At Raleigh, we were very happy to hear the news, but even happier to know that one of the first people to get married was one of our own, Raleigh ICS alumni Alexandra. Alexandra spoke to us about what it all has meant to her.

June 26, 2020

When we celebrate International Women’s Day, we celebrate human gains, human achievements and global development. All kinds of societies have worked hard to empower women, but there is ground left to cover before everybody’s equal. During this day of collective awareness, we need to make time for ‘Generation Equality.’ Raleigh volunteer Annie tells us why.

March 4, 2020

We can all make small changes that can help us achieve the Global Goals. On UN Day, volunteer communications officer Dawn explains how brick by brick young people in Costa Rica are contributing to protecting the planet and some of the most environmental Global Goals.

October 24, 2019

Celebrating a partnership that is in its 7th year running, Raleigh continues to work with Newcastle University and its School of Civil Engineering to deliver sustainable engineering projects overseas. Part of the MEng Civil Engineering degree module called Global Engineering, the penultimate year students either have the opportunity to work on Raleigh’s School Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (SWASH) programme in Tanzania or undertake an indigenous school project in Costa Rica.

August 23, 2019

For Raleigh it is young people volunteering their time and energy in their own country and globally that are the catalysts for change. In Costa Rica, by equipping them with the necessary skills, confidence and experiences, we have seen how they can become some of the most energetic and empowered partners in development. Working with indigenous communities as well as leading on environmental sustainability, young volunteers come to develop strong leadership and team building skills and experience invaluable changes within themselves.

August 14, 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

Imagine climbing a ladder where no matter how many steps you take, you stay in the same place. Now imagine the next step on that ladder is a chance to receive primary education. For the children in Dörbata, this is their reality. Very few children have access to education, something many often take for granted. This is where Raleigh volunteers step in.

March 22, 2019

The thriving community of Nimaritawa started with the donation of land over 20 years ago. Houses were built in anticipation of indigenous families moving there, to form a community that would live on what was planted and harvested, including native crops. However, until recently the community did not have a school, meaning children had to walk for almost two hours to reach the nearest school.

March 1, 2019