Our blogs are written by our volunteers in each country to give you a flavour of what life is like on our programmes. Filter by Country, Programme and Subject/Theme to find out more.


Raleigh alumna Susan has been passionate about tackling human trafficking for many years, so when she returned from her ICS volunteer placement in Nicaragua last year, she decided to join a protest walk to raise awareness about the global prominence of human trafficking.

March 22, 2018

Daniel Maembe volunteered with Raleigh in Tanzania in 2015 and 2016. However, this forms just part of his amazing journey as an active citizen in his home country of Tanzania. Daniel has founded his own innovative eco-tourism business, become a trustee of a UK-based education charity focused on helping disadvantaged children in Tanzania get into school, and was recently selected for the Young African Leaders Initiative – set up by former US President Barack Obama.

February 1, 2018

Raleigh alumna Michelle volunteered in Malaysian Borneo in 1997 as part of Expedition group 97G. Twenty years on, she has maintained a strong connection to the people and the experience, so much so that she decided to bring together a group of Raleigh alumni for a long-awaited return to Borneo.

January 18, 2018

In November we were thrilled to attend the 12th annual Raleigh Asia Regional Conference in Hong Kong. The 4-day conference was attended by the Raleigh national societies from China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur and Sabah), Singapore, honorary guests Bermuda and our newest society, Raleigh Mongolia Youths. Held in partnership with WWF Hong Kong, the societies came together from across Asia to celebrate their shared goal of engaging young people in the issues they face and in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

December 19, 2017

According to United Nations, people in the world over engage in volunteerism for a variety of reasons;t to help to eliminate poverty, to improve basic health and education, to tackle environmental issues, or to reduce the risk of disasters, to combat social exclusion and violent conflict. In these fields, volunteerism makes a specific contribution by generating well-being for people and their communities

Words by Peter Lazaro

December 11, 2017

Globally there are an estimated 36.7 million people living with HIV, including over 100,000 people who are living with the condition in the UK. Despite these high numbers, many people still do not know the facts about HIV. When Sammi returned from his ICS placement in Tanzania last year, he wanted to confront this issue head-on. So on World AIDS Day on 1st December, he volunteered in Brighton to tackle the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS.

December 1, 2017

Jake volunteered with Raleigh ICS in 2016 on a 12-week water and sanitation project in Ikchung, a rural community in Nepal. Inspired by the people he met on his Raleigh placement, Jake has since started working with the charity BACA, helping to support young refugees.

October 11, 2017

Raleigh alumni are amazingly special to us. They are a global community of more than 44,000 inspiring people who have flown the Raleigh flag around the world and made a positive impact. We value our alumni enormously, so we were thrilled to be joined by a number of former volunteers from across the years on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th September, for two evenings of sharing and learning.

September 29, 2017