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“My husband left our house when our son was 2 years old. He never came back. I had to look after our child alone. He is 30 years old now. When he was young he used to ask me where his Dad was, but I didn’t have any answer. I used to cry on my own. I don’t know if he’s still alive but I still watch out for him. I still hope that one day he will come, I will wait for him till my last breath.”

Post by Expedition volunteer Sunita Lama Gole

April 20, 2019
Volunteer in Tanzania speaking to community member group

Human created climate change is threatening the future of our planet. This is exacerbated by a booming global population reliant upon unsustainable patterns of production and consumption. But something is changing. Young people are showing they are ready to take the necessary steps to tackle this issue - which they face but did not create - because it is their planet too. In this blog we’ll be asking you, our former volunteers, how you want us to help you make a difference.

April 18, 2019

Gizem is a corporate volunteer with Raleigh International. Her company, multinational health and hygiene firm RB, has been partnered with Raleigh since 2017. As part of this extensive partnership, RB enables future-potential and high-potential employees to take part in a Raleigh Expedition as part of RB’s Long Term Volunteering Programme, and to also develop their leadership skills.

For the past 10 weeks Gizem has been leading young volunteers working on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene projects (WASH) in two communities in the Gorkha region of Nepal. These projects connect strongly to the RB organisational purpose of ‘Healthier Lives, Happier Homes’. Here, Gizem speaks to Raleigh about her time as a Volunteer Project Manager and the lessons she will bring back to RB with her.

April 16, 2019

Out of a total of 650 applicants, around 90 Nepalese volunteers were selected to take part in Raleigh International Citizen Service (ICS) in October-December 2018. They have since completed projects on the UK government funded programme and become leaders of Raleigh’s sustainable change. As part of ICS, participants take part in a Returned Volunteer event (RV) after completing their projects to reflect on challenges and achievements from their projects and to plan their next steps. Here, we follow ICS volunteers through their RV event and show how this is an instrumental part in making Raleigh’s work a continuous sustainable process which creates a new generation of active citizens in Nepal.

April 15, 2019

In the rural village of Zombo, where Raleigh ICS volunteers are currently delivering a development project, affordable access to adequate healthcare is an issue for many in the community. World Health Day 2019 is a day dedicated to raising awareness about the need for full coverage of essential health services across the world.

April 7, 2019

Currently, volunteers from Jersey are taking part in SWASH projects alongside Tanzanian volunteers as part of Raleigh’s long-term partnership with Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA) and the people of Jersey.

April 1, 2019

Hamish decided to go on a Raleigh Expedition to help him determine what he wanted from his future. Here he tells us about his time on Expedition so far and what he has gained from the experience.

Post and pictures by David Lorton

March 31, 2019