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


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

After returning from her Raleigh ICS placement in India, Sian was motivated to raise awareness about food wastage in her home community. In the UK alone, 7 million tonnes of food is binned each year, more than half of which could still be eaten. This is in stark contrast to life in Sian’s host village in India, where food waste is avoided at all costs and left-overs are given to animals. Hoping to change attitudes toward food in her local community, Sian decided to Live Below the Line.

November 13, 2015

Earlier this month 1,300 inspired trekkers donned their running shoes, visors and sweatbands to tackle the 16th annual Wilson Trail Challenge in Hong Kong.

On Hong Kong Island, 400 teams hit the mountain trails across the country’s stunning parks heading north to Shatin pass and new territories following the 78 km Wilson trail and those hard-core enough trekked back again wracking up 156 km! 600 volunteers were on hand at checkpoints ensuring the safety and smooth logistics of the trail.

October 29, 2015

Are you a fair weather cyclist? Back in September, Raleigh ICS alumnus Kate Jury challenged her colleagues to commit to cycling to save CO2!

October 22, 2015

Inspired by her ICS placement in India over the Summer, Chloe wanted to raise awareness of development issues in the UK and is now involved in the world's largest children's Christmas project.

December 17, 2013