Alumni

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 alumni@raleighinternational.org

Alumni

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
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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
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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.

February 3, 2017
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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