Yuyun Ismawati was a host country volunteer on Operation Raleigh expedition 10F on Seram Island, Maluku, Indonesia in 1987. Since, she has set up her own NGO, won an internationally acclaimed award for her work to protect the environment and seen her daughter go to India with Raleigh International.January 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.
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When John joined Raleigh ICS as an in-country volunteer in Tanzania last autumn, he realised that his experience growing up with an absent father wasn’t unusual. In the rural Tanzanian community he volunteered in, he saw women working hard to raise families on their own. Inspired by his realization, he launched an initiative called Wazazi Bora Kwa Watoto Bora – Good Parents for Good Children – to educate young people about being responsible parents.December 16, 2016
Nathaniel was a Raleigh ICS volunteer in Nicaragua in 2015. After returning to the UK, he set up #DyslexicAndProud, a social project that supports young people with dyslexia and learning difficulties. This International Day of People with Disabilities, Nathaniel explains how his personal background and Raleigh experience inspired him to help young people like himself to build their aspirations.December 2, 2016
Lucy, 26, was a team leader with Raleigh ICS in Tanzania this summer. Working with the community of Mlangali, she was one of 14 UK and in-country volunteers who supported budding entrepreneurs. But she explains that volunteers don’t have to be business experts.November 16, 2016
On returning from his ICS placement in Nicaragua, Jimmy wanted to utilise the skills he developed with Raleigh to create a lasting change in his hometown of Brighton. With the help of his local school, Jimmy put his passion into action to organise the Summer Fayre of Awareness Raising.November 3, 2016
Since she finished her ICS placement in India last year, Lois has been keen to return to her host community of Kulya and revisit the people she now calls family. Nearly a year after she left, Lois re-packed her backpack, donned her Raleigh T-shirt and boarded a flight. In her guest blog, Lois talks about the trepidation and joy of going back to India.October 27, 2016
After he returned from his Raleigh ICS placement in Nicaragua, Richard was determined to make a real impact with his Action at Home project. As he looked around for the right project, he came across the Leicester Masaya Link Group which manages the town-twinning link between Leicester and Masaya in Nicaragua. In this guest blog, Richard talks about his work volunteering for the charity.October 20, 2016
More than 40 venturers, volunteer managers and scientists from Operation Raleigh’s 1987 expedition to Seram in Indonesia reunited in September. They travelled from Indonesia, New Zealand, Germany, Jersey and across the UK for a weekend in Ullswater, the Lake District, UK. Here Jeremy Fish, who was on the expedition and is now a trustee for Raleigh International, talks about the event.October 13, 2016
Raleigh alumna Rose was recently selected to become one of 360 young global leaders to take part in the Merit360 programme. In August 2016, she travelled thousands of miles from Tanzania to New York with the aim of working alongside like-minded young active citizens to develop a plan against climate change.October 7, 2016
Sarah's view of the world shifted during her volunteering placement with Raleigh ICS in Tanzania in spring 2016, where her team was working alongside a rural community to improve access to water and safe sanitation. Here Sarah tells about how a short video inspired her to set up a blog and do her bit to help eradicate extreme poverty.September 29, 2016