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International Citizen Service (ICS) is a development programme that brings together young people from the UK and developing countries to volunteer in some of the poorest communities around the world.

Over the coming three months young ICS volunteers will be working in partnership with local communities, project partners and fellow Raleigh volunteers who will together contribute to Raleigh’s 2017-2020 strategy: young people driving sustainable development.

February 24, 2018

Whilst on expedition all volunteers will take on varied challenges depending on the nature of the project/ activity they are working on. These projects encompass three specific programmatic project areas: natural resource management (NRM); water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and trek. Every three weeks the expedition volunteer groups will change to a different programme, enabling them to understand and experience working on all projects. Each programme contributes to Raleigh’s 2017-2020 strategy: young people driving sustainable development.

February 20, 2018

Over the coming three months our ICS and expedition teams will work with communities to create safe water, hygiene and sanitation facilities in nine different schools across Morogoro, Dodoma, Changombe and Muungano regions in Tanzania. Upon their first steps into community life, the teams learned that prioritising meeting members of the community can lead to successful projects on the ground.

February 14, 2018

All expedition spring programme volunteer managers now understand which project they will be working on and have also now been allocated into groups of twos and threes in order to begin working together in their respective communities to reach their long-term project goals. International and Tanzanian volunteer managers are placed together with the aim of encouraging fluid communication with the community and exchange between community members and volunteers. Each volunteer manager tends to refer to their partner as their counterpart: On the expedition programme, international and Tanzanian counterparts will work together for the first phase and then swap their allocations for phase two and again in phase three. Whilst one expedition team will begin with the adventure leadership phase, trek, two other groups will go straight out into community to begin natural resource management and schools, water and sanitation projects.

Tomorrow, Wednesday 7th February, the expedition volunteer managers depart for their project planning visit.

February 6, 2018

“Receiving my allocation with my counterparts was an amazing moment.”
- Nafeesah Chaudhry, ICS team leader.

“We carried out an exercise which involved comparing each other’s ‘most important’ values, possessions, memories, people and goals and we found that we had much more in common than we all initially thought!”
- Catherine Edwards, ICS team leader.

February 6, 2018

“This is a great way of putting young people from around the world together. Right now I can say I have a family all around the world. This is home.”

- Sadick Issa, 26.

Tanzanian and international spring cycle team leaders (ICS) and volunteer managers (expedition) have also now arrived in-country and have moved into a training base in Morogoro. The fieldbase staff have begun delivering the induction training programme, preparing all team leaders and volunteer managers for the arrival of the volunteers 16th & 17th February (expedition and ICS respectively).

Images by Hilary Sloane, spring cycle photographer. Words by Rebbie Webb, communications officer.

February 5, 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

Words by Rebbie Webb, communications officer for expedition & ICS this spring cycle.

Images by Hilary Sloane, Tanzania spring cycle photographer.

“Play your part, it can be done.”

- 30th January quote of the day by Tino, spring cycle deputy operations manager.

Last week the advance team arrived safe and well at the Raleigh Tanzania fieldbase in Morogoro. The advance team comprises the volunteers who will be based in fieldbase whilst making visits to project sites throughout the course of the spring expedition and ICS programmes to fulfil their role requirements. The advance team arrive in-country early in order to get settled into their roles with time to prepare for the arrival of the volunteers. All members, whether logistics coordinator, medic, communications officer, deputy operations manager or photographer, will work to ensure smooth running of the spring programmes. Fieldbase is a lively place into which the team received a very warm welcome.

January 31, 2018

After three months of working across Tanzania, the time has come for us to say goodbye, to the country, its people and our volunteer counterparts, all of whom have consistently inspired us to give our all to ensure success in all aspects of the work we have done on this Raleigh expedition.

December 18, 2017

Expedition Alpha 2 team have been working on the school water, sanitation and hygiene (SWASH) project at Nanenane school in Nyamwezi, funded by Buildbase / Hirebase, over the course of three phases this cycle. Besides the construction of new toilet blocks, handwashing station and menstrual hygiene management (MHM) room, Alpha 2 two have also delivered SWASH and MHM lessons for the students at Nanenane. All facilities now constructed, we report on the final stages and the team that contributed to the success.

December 18, 2017