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


Magdalena volunteered in Nicaragua with Raleigh ICS in 2014. As part of a group of British, Nicaraguan and Costa Rican volunteers, she lived and worked in La Flor, where her team constructed eco-ovens, eco-latrines, organised action days and set up a women’s group and a water committee. In 2017, Magdalena returned to La Flor, where she saw the lasting impact of her Raleigh project and began her own ‘Give a Grin’ campaign to improve community dental care.

March 23, 2017

Antonio volunteered on Operation Raleigh in Chile in 1986 as the first Italian - and non-UK European venturer - to go on a Raleigh Expedition. In 1992 he volunteered again on a second Expedition to Chile, this time as scientific staff. Thirty years on, Antonio now works in civil protection as an Emergency Planning Technical Expert for the European Union, ready to be deployed and deliver emergency aid when natural disasters strike around the world. This work was vital in August 2016, when Antonio was at the centre of the relief effort following the earthquake in his home country of Italy.

March 1, 2017

After seeing the negative impact of climate change first hand while on their ICS placements, Raleigh volunteers have become advocates for the environment back in the UK. For Valentine’s Day volunteers have been showing their passion for environmental issues by using green hearts to raise awareness about the adverse effects of climate change.

February 14, 2017

Bhavisha volunteered with Raleigh International in 2013 in Kunna Patna, India, where she helped raise community awareness about water and sanitation health issues. Inspired by her time in India, Bhavisha – a trained NHS audiologist – is now volunteering with the charity Sound Seekers in Zambia to raise awareness about the importance of screening children for hearing loss.

February 10, 2017

Abinav’s video about his Raleigh ICS Livelihoods project won him the prestigious role of Global Goals Champion with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He and 16 other Champions were invited to Chengdu, China to be officially appointed and to get an insight into panda conservation.

January 27, 2017

When Raleigh alumnus Mark Hannaford volunteered in Chile in 1986, little did he know it would be start of a lifelong career in expedition travel. 30 years on, Mark has since founded expedition organisations Across the Divide and World Extreme Medicine. Mark has continued to have a close relationship with other Raleigh alumni and credits his Raleigh experience for opening the door to his remarkable career.

January 19, 2017

When John joined Raleigh ICS as an in-country volunteer in Tanzania last autumn, he realised that his experience growing up with an absent father wasn’t unusual. In the rural Tanzanian community he volunteered in, he saw women working hard to raise families on their own. Inspired by his realization, he launched an initiative called Wazazi Bora Kwa Watoto Bora – Good Parents for Good Children – to educate young people about being responsible parents.

December 16, 2016

Nathaniel was a Raleigh ICS volunteer in Nicaragua in 2015. After returning to the UK, he set up #DyslexicAndProud, a social project that supports young people with dyslexia and learning difficulties. This International Day of People with Disabilities, Nathaniel explains how his personal background and Raleigh experience inspired him to help young people like himself to build their aspirations.

December 2, 2016

On returning from his ICS placement in Nicaragua, Jimmy wanted to utilise the skills he developed with Raleigh to create a lasting change in his hometown of Brighton. With the help of his local school, Jimmy put his passion into action to organise the Summer Fayre of Awareness Raising.

November 3, 2016

Since she finished her ICS placement in India last year, Lois has been keen to return to her host community of Kulya and revisit the people she now calls family. Nearly a year after she left, Lois re-packed her backpack, donned her Raleigh T-shirt and boarded a flight. In her guest blog, Lois talks about the trepidation and joy of going back to India.

October 27, 2016