When Emma Thomas discovered she would be one of the first volunteers to work alongside communities on a Raleigh expedition in Nepal, she couldn’t hide her excitement. She immediately put her mind to raising funds for Raleigh, laced up her running shoes, and pushed herself to the edge by taking on the 100 kilometre Thames Path Challenge.
Between January and April next year, Emma, from St. Albans, will work alongside a rural community in Nepal as a Volunteer Manager. She is relishing the opportunity. “Nepal was my number one choice for a Raleigh expedition as it’s a country that I’ve wanted to visit for years – the people, the culture and the landscape intrigue me,” said Emma. “Being given the opportunity to go on the first volunteer expedition to Nepal is amazing! I feel privileged, excited and nervous. This has been a long time in the making for me and will truly be the experience of a lifetime.”
Emma’s role as a Volunteer Manager is a crucial part of an expedition team. She will be supporting young volunteers to make a positive impact in a rural community in the districts of Gorkha or Makwanpur. Her team could be working on projects that focus on community resilience, youth development, or improving access to safe water and sanitation. Emma will also be living and working within the community, and will experience the rich and colourful Nepalese culture first hand.
After confirming her place, Emma turned her attention to raising funds for Raleigh. Last month she laced up her running shoes and took on the Thames Path Challenge, a punishing 100km run along the Thames tow path between London and Henley, Berkshire, UK.
“My feet were in bits with blisters for the last half of the run, which was very painful but made for some rather interesting visits to the medics along the way!”
“During the challenge I met some great people whose children had volunteered with Raleigh. They said it had changed their outlook on life for the better and forever.”
After an eventful day, Emma completed the challenge and smashed her fundraising target by an incredible £335! Congratulations, Emma!
Emma will be a Raleigh pioneer when she arrives in Nepal, and her can-do attitude will take her far during her expedition. She will be working alongside communities, project partners, in-country and UK volunteers to create lasting change. The Raleigh Nepal team are busy working with local communities and partners to establish where the energy and creativity of Raleigh volunteers will be best used, and they can’t wait to see the impact that volunteers will make.
Are you interested in volunteering with Raleigh as a Project Manager? You can find a variety of opportunities for volunteers aged 25+ here.