Young people need to be heard to the change the world. The Raleigh International blog is a platform for young people to share their voices on issues and causes they feel passionate about. Views shared on the blog do not necessarily represent the views of Raleigh International


In August 2015, alumnus Marcus Ramtohul jumped out of a plane at 10,000 feet to raise over £800 for future volunteers. He had been so inspired by those he met on his expedition to Borneo in 2004,that he felt compelled to support others to make an impact overseas on their own expeditions. In spring this year, the funds from Marcus’s skydive went towards volunteer Joy’s expedition, also to Borneo, where she worked on a water and sanitation project.

June 2, 2016

This time last year we posted about an epic cycle ride that took place as a tribute to alumnus James Sanford, who passed away in 2012. His brother Charles, along with a team of 13 cyclists, rode from the birthplace of Sir Walter Raleigh in Devon to his final resting place in London, covering 320km in under 14 hours. They raised an incredible £28,000 for Raleigh in the process.

May 20, 2016

As part of the Raleigh livelihoods programme, volunteers have been working with young entrepreneurs to support them in their business ventures. Raleigh International alumnus and trustee Jeremy Fish explored the impact of the livelihoods programme on his recent trip to Tanzania, when he met Raleigh’s current and past entrepreneurs.

May 13, 2016

Helen Brownell volunteered in Borneo in 2006. Ten years on, she is working in the film industry as a Visual Effects Artist, and recently worked as part of the team behind Disney’s The Jungle Book. Helen drew on her memories of the Borneo landscape to re-create some of the beautiful and unique environments in the film. In this guest blog, she told us how her Raleigh experience inspired her work.

May 5, 2016

In 1986, Geoff led a team as part of Operation Raleigh. Nearly 30 years on, his daughter, Sam, followed in his footsteps. In an article for our latest edition of Connections magazine, Geoff and Sam spoke about their Raleigh experience and how for them, like many of our 40,000 alumni, Raleigh will always be a family matter.

April 28, 2016

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