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Hike to Learn: Nepali Alumni Trek for Sustainable Development Goals

Engaging Raleigh Nepal Alumni in Sustainable Development

Many Raleigh alumni are active citizens around the world and continue to make changes in many areas. But to be able to make a coordinated difference globally, young people have to be engaged in conversations about Sustainable Development Goals and have access to networks that can make change happen.

Ideas in Action: The Raleigh Nepal Society

The Raleigh Nepal Society – also known as Ideas in Action – is passionate about engaging Raleigh Nepal alumni in development issues and giving them the opportunity to exchange ideas on new projects. So they have tapped into the mountaineering culture of Nepal to create ‘Hike to Learn’, a knowledge-sharing initiative set up by alumni, for alumni.

On Hike to Learn, Raleigh alumni come together on a mountain hike, where they play team-building games and discuss issues related to the Global Goals along the way. The event aims to encourage alumni to reflect on their role in their community while meeting other young people and learning skills of professional and personal development.

volunteers gathering around outdoors

Hiking for Global Goals: The Hike to Learn Initiative

Preparing for a day of learning, sharing, and hiking!
Sashi, a former Raleigh ICS volunteer, is the chairperson of the Raleigh Nepal Society. He said: “Hike to Learn encourages young people to be more independent, team-oriented, and confident as well as be responsible towards the community and future. It provides Nepali alumni opportunities of learning team building, leadership, and other development skills.”

40 Raleigh alumni laced up their walking boots for the latest hiking event in Kathmandu Valley, challenging themselves physically and taking part in group discussions on how to help achieve and raise awareness of the Global Goals.

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Bringing Raleigh Nepal Alumni Together for Change

Nepal alumni discussed ways to achieve the Global Goals
Sashi said: “The challenging weather added to the already challenging route, and it was no easy feat for some first-time hikers. But in the spirit of Raleigh, everyone encouraged and supported each other, displaying a true team spirit and attitude of never giving up.”

Hike to Learn is open to everyone. Involving alumni in all stages of planning and execution of the event, it’s helping young alumni to build on the leadership, management, teamwork, and communication skills they gained while volunteering and gives them the platform to continue growing as active citizens.

a group of hikers on top of the mountain gathered together for a group photo

Developing Skills and Building Community Through Hiking

In conclusion, Hike to Learn is a fantastic initiative that’s helping to empower young leaders in Nepal. By bringing Raleigh Nepal alumni together for a day of hiking and knowledge-sharing, the event is providing a platform for alumni to continue developing their leadership, management, teamwork, and communication skills, while also building a sense of community and shared purpose. With initiatives like Hike to Learn, the future of sustainable development in Nepal looks bright.

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