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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

Bryony, Victoria, Ali, Sara and Fran volunteered in Nicaragua as ICS Team Leaders last year, but on their return to the UK they wanted to continue supporting the inspiring people they met on their placements. So, they decided to take on an immense 7-day fundraising hike in the Scottish Highlands.

August 18, 2017

Sean Hudson first volunteered with Raleigh in Panama in 1988, where he was part of a team of venturers tasked with exploring the geography of Panama. His Raleigh Expedition was a cornerstone of his life and inspired his amazing career in medical aid, for which he was recently awarded an MBE. To mark his amazing achievement, Sean is now reflecting on the Raleigh Expedition that sparked his career journey.

August 3, 2017

Raleigh alumnus and active member of the Raleigh Tanzania Society, Pius Matunge has recently won a grant worth 11,000,000 shillings (5000 USD) from the Diplomatic Spouses Group to Tanzania (DSG). Awarded to his organisation, Tengeneza Generation (TEG), the grant enabled Pius to purchase and donate an Everest V5 Braille printer to Uhuru Mchanganyiko Primary School in Dar es Salaam.
Words by Kennedy Mmari

July 27, 2017

On 15th July, Raleigh alumni came together at events in the UK and Tanzania to celebrate the UN’s World Youth Skills Day. Alumni attended employment workshops and heard from influential speakers about the importance of youth in development, whilst also learning valuable skills which will make an impact.

July 21, 2017

Each year July 15th marks World Youth Skills Day. World Youth Skills Day was established by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on 11 November 2014. The Assembly designated 15th July as the World Youth Skills Day in order to raise awareness about the importance of investing in youth skills development.
Words by Kennedy Mmari.

July 16, 2017