The training centre at the Resource Identification and Management Society (RIMS) became a melting pot of cultures, with volunteers from Holland, Hong Kong, Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Nepal, Korea and USA.
The volunteers are all here to develop as leaders and create lasting change. Expedition 17C commenced on February 12 as they set off on a 19 day trek through the beautiful foothills of Ganesh Himal and will be followed by two community-based phases in the Gorkha region. Gorkha was heavily affected by the 2015 earthquake and, despite it being almost two years since the earthquake, there is still much recovery work to be done. Alongside our project partners Build Up Nepal, Raleigh volunteers will be learning to construct earthquake resilient houses.
We spoke to some of the Venturers about their reasons for joining Raleigh Nepal and their hopes for the expedition:
Kathy graduated last July after studying Ancient History at Royal Holloway University.
“After I graduated I wasn’t too sure what I wanted to do as a career and I had heard about the work that Raleigh was doing so I decided it was a good opportunity to travel but also give something back. Its also a good way to meet like minded people.”
Jared is from Pennsylvania, USA and is currently taking a gap year before starting college.
“I’ve spent my gap year volunteering instead of just backpacking and Raleigh was an opportunity to keep in line with my volunteer year and also visit Nepal. I want to see some more of the world before I head back home and this part of Asia really fascinates me.”
Anil is from Kathmandu, Nepal and is a Host Country Volunteer
“I’m looking forward to getting to know volunteers from other countries and seeing the natural beauty of my own country. I really hope to learn communication skills and also build up my confidence as a leader.”