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In an article for our latest issue of Connections magazine, journalist and Radar founder, Libby Powell shares her Raleigh experience, and the role it played her life.

April 7, 2016

After returning from volunteer placements, many of our volunteers continue to take positive action in their own community, and inspire others to do so as part of their Action at Home project.

Whilst volunteering in India last year, Molly witnessed the effects of climate change in her local community, and how community members feel marginalised when approaching local officials to tackle environmental issues. On her return, Molly took to the streets of Paris to stand up for people who are often excluded from the debate.

February 25, 2016

Education – it is recognised as a fundamental human right and should be accessible to all. But this is not always the case. Certain groups around the world have been deeply affected by inequalities and live in circumstances which deprive them of an education. In light of World Day of Social Justice - a day which promotes an equal society for all – Raleigh alumni Richard is reflecting on his experience in Tanzania, where a lack of basic facilities and local taboos impacts the education of young girls.

February 18, 2016

Fernando from the capital city of Nicaragua, Managua, began his volunteer journey in 2013 as a Raleigh International Citizen Service (ICS) Team Leader in the rural community of La Naranjita, Estelí. He returned as a Team Leader for the second time last year, focusing on community development and natural resources in the rural community of La San Marqueña Achuapa, León.

Fernando told us how Raleigh influenced his professional life and his continual dedication to volunteer for issues he cares about in the country that he loves. He gained the skills to be a leader and the experience reaffirmed to him that young people can work passionately to create a better planet.

February 4, 2016

In November, Raleigh Societies from across Asia came together in Malaysian Borneo to celebrate their incredible achievements and share what they learned during the year. This week, Raleigh’s Alumni Development Manager, Emily Prince shares her thoughts on an inspiring event.

January 21, 2016

Anne from Canada will be volunteering on her second expedition in Tanzania as a logistics volunteer manager. After working at head office in HR, she decided she wanted to use her skills in the field. She is a shining example of a Raleigh alumna, channelling her passion and sense of discovery to create a positive impact.

“My Raleigh experience has been a journey of discovery on how I can gain the drive and courage to help make a positive impact on the world and empower others to do the same with integrity and toilet rolls."

January 15, 2016
Ruth at the Youth Summit

Ruth volunteered with the International Citizen Service in Nicaragua. The youth summit gave her and other former volunteers a chance to make a noise about the development issues that matter.

“At a time when so many young people feel fed up and frustrated, caught up in traps of zero-hour contracts or unemployment, the conversation surrounding development and the pivotal role young people can play as inspiring change-makers needs to be celebrated. No, scrap that, it needs to be shouted from the rooftops and publicised on every single social media account until each young adult realises that, they too, can make a difference.

January 4, 2016

“What makes a 61-year-old IT guy take on a road cycling challenge of 1,000 miles in 1 month?” asks David Gandar, alumni Volunteer Manager from New Zealand. “Just seeing Raleigh volunteers develop so much during their expedition. I want to get Kiwi youth to have that experience.”

December 3, 2015

Last weekend 23 Newham College (NewVIc) students and 2 NewVIc Raleigh alumni took on the ‘Circle Line Walk’. In just under 12 hours, through the sun, snow and rain, they walked over ground to all 27 stations that make up the inner loop of the London Underground Circle Line. Journeying through 6 London Boroughs, staff and students visited some of London’s wealthiest areas, as well as some of the most deprived regions.

November 26, 2015