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
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
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.
Abinav’s video about his Raleigh ICS Livelihoods project won him the prestigious role of Global Goals Champion with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He and 16 other Champions were invited to Chengdu, China to be officially appointed and to get an insight into panda conservation.January 27, 2017
When Raleigh alumnus Mark Hannaford volunteered in Chile in 1986, little did he know it would be start of a lifelong career in expedition travel. 30 years on, Mark has since founded expedition organisations Across the Divide and World Extreme Medicine. Mark has continued to have a close relationship with other Raleigh alumni and credits his Raleigh experience for opening the door to his remarkable career.January 19, 2017
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
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