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.


After returning from her Raleigh placement, Marian felt passionate about supporting asylum seekers and refugees in her home country of Spain. Here she explains more about the project she set up to do this and why standing up for human rights is so important to her.

June 3, 2020

Around the world Mental Health Awareness Week is observed from 18-24 May 2020. This week is used to showcasemental health and to try to remove the stigma we have as a society regarding mental illness. For this Mental Health Awareness Week, Dr Brent Downes, Country Director of Raleigh International Nepal, talks about the importance of removing the stigma of mental illness, and how young people, like Raleigh’s alumni, can be in the forefront of this transformation.

May 21, 2020

Active citizenship means taking action to make a positive difference for your society. In the midst of this global pandemic, Annie from the UK believes there is no better time to step up as an active citizen and take political action to encourge accountability. Here she explains why.

May 5, 2020

Raleigh alumni Charlie is a director of a care home in South East England. Working in this sector has come with great challenges during the global pandemic, but there have also been rays of hope as communities support their most vulnerable. Charlie shares his experience and reflects on the importance of rallying together.

April 15, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak is affecting all parts of society, but it is especially difficult for the most vulnerable in our communities. Raleigh alumni Hector, who currently works in social care, discusses the urgency of action to tackle the crisis affecting social care and the ways you can support the sector during the pandemic.

April 11, 2020

In difficult and challenging times it’s important to look after yourself and your own wellbeing. Taking time for yourself also means you'll be in a better place to help others who may need it. Here are some starting tips to help you show yourself some love.

March 25, 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 know that the UK’s demand on resources is currently exceeding the Earth’s capacity. According to WWF, if the planet adopted a UK lifestyle, we would need 3 Earths to maintain it! This unsustainable approach can cause extreme weather events and climate change. Raleigh alumni Steph explains why switching to green energy can reduce our carbon footprint and support our planet.

February 25, 2020