Marie volunteered in the community of San Marcos Arriba in Nicaragua with Raleigh ICS in 2016, where she worked on a water and sanitation project. Here Marie saw first-hand the impact of climate change on rural communities and was inspired to advocate for climate action. In light of Climate Coalition’s ‘Week of Action’, Marie is now sharing her passion for tackling climate change and is explaining what we can all do to protect the environment.July 5, 2017
Welcome to the alumni blog where you can find stories and inspiration from what our active and inspiring network of people are doing after their time volunteering on a Raleigh programme.
With host country and international volunteers, we have a 40,000 strong network of inspired people, many of whom are continuing to make a difference in their own communities or around the world.
If you are a Raleigh alumnus and would like you contribute to our blog, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
In 1987 Ruston volunteered with Operation Raleigh on board the tall ship, Zebu. As part of their Expedition, Ruston sailed 3,919 miles across the Pacific and up the coast of Japan. 30 years on, members of the Zebu’s 9B Expedition reunited in Liverpool, where the ship is now docked. Here Ruston reflects on how volunteering with Raleigh changed his life.June 8, 2017
Rob volunteered on a Raleigh Expedition in Chile in 1995. 22 years on, he has undertaken the notoriously difficult Fred Whitton Challenge to raise money for Raleigh International. In his guest blog, Rob explains how his Raleigh experience inspired him to undertake this amazing charity challenge.May 26, 2017
Raleigh Tanzania alumni are making an impact across the country through their ‘50 Million Trees for 50 Million People’ campaign, as part of the Youth for Green Growth project. By partnering with local communities, NGOs and the Tanzanian government, this amazing campaign hopes to inspire every Tanzanian to tackle deforestation by planting 50 million trees by 2020.May 15, 2017
Tom volunteered on a Raleigh Expedition in Malaysian Borneo in 2012 and again in Tanzania in 2013. His Raleigh experience sparked his interest in international development and he says it gave him the self-belief which had always struggled to find. Since volunteering with Raleigh, Tom has discovered a passion for public speaking and in February was invited to speak at TEDx EastEnd. Here he spoke about mental health, a topic very close to his heart.April 20, 2017
Magdalena volunteered in Nicaragua with Raleigh ICS in 2014. As part of a group of British, Nicaraguan and Costa Rican volunteers, she lived and worked in La Flor, where her team constructed eco-ovens, eco-latrines, organised action days and set up a women’s group and a water committee. In 2017, Magdalena returned to La Flor, where she saw the lasting impact of her Raleigh project and began her own ‘Give a Grin’ campaign to improve community dental care.March 23, 2017
Antonio volunteered on Operation Raleigh in Chile in 1986 as the first Italian - and non-UK European venturer - to go on a Raleigh Expedition. In 1992 he volunteered again on a second Expedition to Chile, this time as scientific staff. Thirty years on, Antonio now works in civil protection as an Emergency Planning Technical Expert for the European Union, ready to be deployed and deliver emergency aid when natural disasters strike around the world. This work was vital in August 2016, when Antonio was at the centre of the relief effort following the earthquake in his home country of Italy.March 1, 2017
After seeing the negative impact of climate change first hand while on their ICS placements, Raleigh volunteers have become advocates for the environment back in the UK. For Valentine’s Day volunteers have been showing their passion for environmental issues by using green hearts to raise awareness about the adverse effects of climate change.February 14, 2017
Bhavisha volunteered with Raleigh International in 2013 in Kunna Patna, India, where she helped raise community awareness about water and sanitation health issues. Inspired by her time in India, Bhavisha – a trained NHS audiologist – is now volunteering with the charity Sound Seekers in Zambia to raise awareness about the importance of screening children for hearing loss.February 10, 2017
Katie's placement with Raleigh in Borneo in summer 2007 still influences her life 10 years on.
The passionate advocate of youth volunteering now runs the Raleigh Jersey Society and supports other young people to go on expedition with Raleigh.