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


Hassan Kiyungi, Raleigh Alumnus and founder of Menstruation and Entrepreneurship Matters (MEMA) Tanzania discovered the difficulties that girls face during their menstruation cycle whilst on placement with Raleigh Tanzania on a WASH Project in Kanga village, Morogoro in 2017. Now, him together with his team (other Raleigh Alumni) are working together to help Tanzanian girls stay in school.

July 20, 2018

On 4th July 2018 there was an historic hearing at London’s High Court, where climate charity Plan B sought to hold the UK government to account over its legal commitments to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Raleigh alumni Jimmy, who is volunteering with the charity, tells us about the reasons for the legal action, why he’s passionate about protecting our environment, how you can get involved, and what advice he would give to other young people about standing up for causes they believe in.

July 3, 2018

The Raleigh Nepal Society recently came together to complete their third ‘Hike to Learn’ event in the stunning Kathmandu Valley. On the group mountain hike, Raleigh alumni built their skills, shared their ideas on how to achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and most importantly, had fun!

June 22, 2018

Litter and pollution is a global problem which affects natural environments across the world. But in Koudi, in rural Nepal, Raleigh alumni Santosh is taking action to tackle the issue of litter head-on. After volunteering in the community last year, Santosh decided to set up Koudi Kids Club, a group of litter picking enthusiasts who are keeping the community clean and championing environmentalism across the village. Together they are inspiring a clean environment for everyone in the community of Koudi.

May 4, 2018

Jasmine volunteered with Raleigh ICS during spring 2017. Since returning from her placement in Nepal, Jasmine has been campaigning with the charity Ambitious About Autism to raise awareness of the condition in the UK. She has helped make a video about the work of the charity, participated in youth council meetings and discussed concerns with Channel 4 over the representation of autistic people in the media. She also appeared on BBC Radio 4 and a podcast with the author David Mitchell. This is Jasmine’s story.

April 2, 2018

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