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On 5th December we observe International Volunteers Day which celebrates the work and achievements of volunteers and organisations around the world. Here we find out about the amazing work of our volunteers in Costa Rica and how their efforts are helping create a more sustainable future.

“There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer. With it beats the spirit of service, generosity and compassion... and the health and the wellbeing of the community, country and our world”, Kobi Yamada

December 5, 2018

Raleigh International Citizen Service (ICS) livelihoods volunteers are working with community members in Kisedi, Makwanpur to show how sustainable farming practices and crop diversification will allow them to increase their income and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Volunteers have been delivering awareness raising sessions and training, developing resources and community infrastructure, undertaking needs assessments and action research and promoting active global citizenship. Here an ICS volunteer team reflect on life in the community and the work that they have undertaken so far on the programme.

December 4, 2018

In recognition of World AIDS day, we talk to Christina Chrispine Ngogolo, an advocate for HIV positive people in Mkamba village, Kilombero, where one of Raleigh Tanzania’s water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects is taking place.

With the involvement of youth being crucial to improving education and reducing the stigma around HIV, Christina hopes that Raleigh’s WASH project is a step in the right direction for mobilising the community to act on issues that traditionally have been taboo.

December 4, 2018

Mojkumari Joshi lives in Sanobadhera, a small village in the Gorkha area, where she has lived all of her life. The availability of water in this region is scarce, especially during the dry season where many water sources dry up. Each community in Gorkha owns its own water source, so when one does not produce enough water, the village are forced to look elsewhere, sometimes having to heavily ration their own supplies or even pay for water.

Raleigh have been working on a WASH (water and sanitation hygiene) project in this community for two months, building a storage tank to act as a backup supply of water, as well as a central handwashing station to reduce the distance community members need to walk to access water.

December 3, 2018

Raleigh volunteers in Costa Rica are heading out to start work on their final projects. The groups will be taking on the youth leadership element of their Expedition, supporting park rangers to maintain one of Costa Rica's national parks, and helping an indigenous community to construct a kindergarten to provide care and education for young children.

December 2, 2018

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