Nepal Expedition

Get a real insight into our projects on the ground.

Meet our volunteers, communities and staff who are working together to create lasting, positive change.


Over the next 10 weeks, a new group of young volunteers will be making a difference in rural communities in Gorkha. Together with communities, our amazing young volunteers will be doing valuable work to improve water, sanitation and hygiene in communities that need support. Meet our teams of inspiring volunteers and find out more about their projects.

February 12, 2018

Litter and pollution is a global problem which affects natural environments across the world. But in Baltar, in rural Nepal, local people are taking action to tackle this issue. Raleigh’s Volunteer Managers recently joined the community on a litter picking morning, an important awareness raising event which is helping to keep the community clean and inspiring a safe environment for everyone in Baltar.

February 7, 2018

Since beginning work in 2015, Raleigh volunteers in Nepal have been working in communities across Gorkha and Makwanpur on projects contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals. But from now until April, a new team of amazing volunteers are taking the helm. Arm in arm with project partners and communities, these are the volunteers who will be leading projects over the next few months.

January 30, 2018

“I can put myself out of my comfort zone if I know it’s going to make a difference to somebody else.”

- Bethany Love, sponsored volunteer on expedition 17O. Beth’s sponsor is CatZero, a not-for-profit organisation which has expert staff delivering projects for young people and older long term unemployed people. It is an award winning registered charity specifically designed to meet the holistic needs of young people, people with additional support needs and their families.

Words by Beth.

Images are a mix of Beth’s own, some by her friends and some by expedition 17O photographer Jakes Rowles.

December 17, 2017

In the hilly communities of Gorkha, access to water, sanitation and hygiene is very poor. Most people practice open defecation and are unaware of basic hygiene practices. Women and children spend 1-3 hours a day collecting water, which restricts access to education, pursuit of economic gains, and social activities. Raleigh is committed to improving awareness-raising, training and construction projects. Thanks to the continued support of BNP Paribas Suisse (SA), Raleigh expedition 17O have been working in partnership with three communities in Gorkha to improve the water, sanitation and hygiene facility of community members there.

Ambika Kunwar’s story is typical of the people we have been working with from these communities.

Images by expedition 17O photographer Jake Rowles.

Interview and case study by expedition 17O communications officer Rebbie Webb.

December 15, 2017

Words by Emma, US volunteer on expedition 17O.

As a seven-week volunteer Emma is living in Gairi Gaun in Gorkha for three weeks while on the third phase.

In her blog post Emma reflects on an awareness raising session delivered by her team at the local school. Volunteers are focussing on strengthening the resilience of these communities by helping them prepare for the challenges that lie ahead.

Images by expedition 17O photographer Jake Rowles.

December 13, 2017

Words by Leonie and Valentine, Dutch volunteers on Expedition 17O.

Leonie and Valentine lived in Gauri Gaun in Gorkha for three weeks whilst on the first phase, here they reflect on their time in the community. Following trek they are now based in Bhimiri Gaun, another village Raleigh Expedition volunteers are working in in the Gorkha district this cycle. Gorkha was severely affected by the 2015 earthquakes. Volunteers are focussing on strengthening the resilience of these communities by helping them prepare for the challenges that lie ahead.

December 12, 2017

At 23, this is Oli’s first experience volunteering. He is currently taking a break between finishing university and getting a job. After learning the story of one the female community beneficiaries in the community Oli is based in with fellow volunteer Paddam who aided with translation, Oli was inspired to recall Jaal’s story…

Images by expedition 17O photographer Jake Rowles.

With the support of BNP Paribas Suisse (SA) we can continue supporting families like Jaal's.

December 8, 2017