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After working continuously in community for four weeks, ICS volunteer teams were excited to review their progress and hear from other groups. At the ICS mid-phase review, volunteers get opportunity to meet the other working teams; reflect on our experience so far; learn about their challenges and share ideas to implement on return to our community projects.

Blog by ICS volunteers, Ritik and Supriya (Team Dadagaon).

November 27, 2018

Recently Raleigh had the privilege of hosting a visit from the British Ambassador to Costa Rica and Nicaragua, Ross Denny. The ambassador visited a group of Raleigh volunteers in La Marta National Park where they are running a community action day on the environment with the local community. He then headed back to Turrialba to view the progress of an innovative campaigns and awareness raising project with McCann WorldGroup UK and Raleigh’s Costa Rican and Nicaraguan national society members.

November 27, 2018

Mathilo Raniswara, one of the villages that current Expedition volunteers have been working in, began a women’s committee in 1995 in a bid to help their community. The current head of the committee, Jash Maya Rai Ale, spoke to us about the issues she has been tackling in her ward.

November 23, 2018

Panchu Thing is a 43 year old female farmer from Ickchung, a rural community in the Makwanpur district of Nepal, and a former participant in Raleigh Nepal's ICS livelihoods programme. She lives with her three sons and her husband Fatte Bahadur Thing, who is one of the leading farmers from Ickchung. We revisited her farm to discuss how taking part in the programme had helped her family's business.

November 22, 2018

It happens to us all everyday, but where would you wee or poo if you didn’t have access to a loo?
(Photo: Sylvie Myers, a Raleigh Volunteer Manager, digs out a toilet pit)

November 19, 2018

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

Over the next two weeks, Raleigh International will be working with McCann WorldGroup UK to deliver a course in campaign management and awareness raising to Raleigh’s national societies from Costa Rica and Nicaragua. During this course, volunteers from nine McCann WorldGroup UK firms will be delivering lectures and workshops to Raleigh alumni with the intention of imparting their expertise in marketing and awareness campaigns.

November 18, 2018