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


Raleigh alumnus Mike Robinson has spent over 20 years advocating for action on climate change and working across Scotland to make substantial shifts in policy and practice. In his own words, Mike shares his journey from Raleigh volunteer to Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, one that has seen him change Scottish law and influence countless groups and organisations into effecting meaningful environmental change.

June 13, 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

Water is an essential building block of life. It is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development. The theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving no one behind,’ which is the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit. Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind. Here we look at how Raleigh Tanzania water, sanitation and hygiene projects are putting this into practice.

March 22, 2019

As part of our celebrations of 2019 International Women’s Day's theme #BalanceforBetter we’re highlighting some of the amazing women who work with us here at Raleigh and how crucial they are at each stage of our programmes! We speak to them about their work, why International Women's Day is important to them, and what advice they have for young women who want to get involved in international development.

March 8, 2019

12 days before Christmas, while people back home in the UK were busy with office parties and going to see family and friends, Raleigh alumnus Robin Drysdale was 1500 miles south of London preparing to row across the Atlantic to raise money for charity. Here he updates us from the middle of the Atlantic on his reasons for taking part in the challenge and the team’s progress.

January 21, 2019

It may seem obvious that we all need a toilet, but billions of people around the world still live without adequate toilet facilities. According to the UN, 4.5 billion people worldwide live without a safe toilet, and 892 million people still defecate in the open. In developing countries, more work needs to be done to improve sanitation facilities, so when ICS volunteer Amber arrived in the community of Msunjilile in Tanzania, she and her team got to work.

November 19, 2018