Litter and pollution is a global problem which affects natural environments across the world. But in Koudi, in rural Nepal, Raleigh alumni Santosh is taking action to tackle the issue of litter head-on. After volunteering in the community last year, Santosh decided to set up Koudi Kids Club, a group of litter picking enthusiasts who are keeping the community clean and championing environmentalism across the village. Together they are inspiring a clean environment for everyone in the community of Koudi.May 4, 2018
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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Jasmine volunteered with Raleigh ICS during spring 2017. Since returning from her placement in Nepal, Jasmine has been campaigning with the charity Ambitious About Autism to raise awareness of the condition in the UK. She has helped make a video about the work of the charity, participated in youth council meetings and discussed concerns with Channel 4 over the representation of autistic people in the media. She also appeared on BBC Radio 4 and a podcast with the author David Mitchell. This is Jasmine’s story.April 2, 2018
Raleigh alumna Susan has been passionate about tackling human trafficking for many years, so when she returned from her ICS volunteer placement in Nicaragua last year, she decided to join a protest walk to raise awareness about the global prominence of human trafficking.March 22, 2018
Ahead of this year’s International Women’s Day (8 March), Raleigh held a free campaigning workshop with our alumni to look at how to run, and be part of, effective campaigns.March 8, 2018
Daniel Maembe volunteered with Raleigh in Tanzania in 2015 and 2016. However, this forms just part of his amazing journey as an active citizen in his home country of Tanzania. Daniel has founded his own innovative eco-tourism business, become a trustee of a UK-based education charity focused on helping disadvantaged children in Tanzania get into school, and was recently selected for the Young African Leaders Initiative – set up by former US President Barack Obama.February 1, 2018
Raleigh alumna Michelle volunteered in Malaysian Borneo in 1997 as part of Expedition group 97G. Twenty years on, she has maintained a strong connection to the people and the experience, so much so that she decided to bring together a group of Raleigh alumni for a long-awaited return to Borneo.January 18, 2018
In November we were thrilled to attend the 12th annual Raleigh Asia Regional Conference in Hong Kong. The 4-day conference was attended by the Raleigh national societies from China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur and Sabah), Singapore, honorary guests Bermuda and our newest society, Raleigh Mongolia Youths. Held in partnership with WWF Hong Kong, the societies came together from across Asia to celebrate their shared goal of engaging young people in the issues they face and in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.December 19, 2017
Globally there are an estimated 36.7 million people living with HIV, including over 100,000 people who are living with the condition in the UK. Despite these high numbers, many people still do not know the facts about HIV. When Sammi returned from his ICS placement in Tanzania last year, he wanted to confront this issue head-on. So on World AIDS Day on 1st December, he volunteered in Brighton to tackle the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS.
Entrepreneurship is a viable way to tackle poverty and is key in helping to achieve the UN’s sustainable development goals. This Global Entrepreneurship Week, we’re shining a light on four Raleigh alumni who are using entrepreneurial thinking to make a difference.November 16, 2017
One Young World is a global gathering where young people and world leaders come together and share innovative solutions for world’s most pressing issues. Ben Robinson, Raleigh International Youth Trustee and alumni, recently returned from the One Young World Summit in Colombia. In his guest blog, he shares some inspiring insights he gained from the summit into global peace, social entrepreneurship and achieving the Global Goals.October 20, 2017