Nepal Expedition


Words by Leonie and Valentine, Dutch volunteers on Expedition 17O.

Leonie and Valentine lived in Gauri Gaun in Gorkha for three weeks whilst on the first phase, here they reflect on their time in the community. Following trek they are now based in Bhimiri Gaun, another village Raleigh Expedition volunteers are working in in the Gorkha district this cycle. Gorkha was severely affected by the 2015 earthquakes. Volunteers are focussing on strengthening the resilience of these communities by helping them prepare for the challenges that lie ahead.

December 12, 2017

With the support of BNP Paribas Suisse (SA) home country volunteers like Swapnil are able to take part in Raleigh Nepal's expedition programmes. In this blog post, home country volunteer Swapnil shares his story.

Interview conducted by communications officer Rebbie Webb.

Images by expedition 17O photographer Jake Rowles.

December 10, 2017

At 23, this is Oli’s first experience volunteering. He is currently taking a break between finishing university and getting a job. After learning the story of one the female community beneficiaries in the community Oli is based in with fellow volunteer Paddam who aided with translation, Oli was inspired to recall Jaal’s story…

Images by expedition 17O photographer Jake Rowles.

With the support of BNP Paribas Suisse (SA) we can continue supporting families like Jaal's.

December 8, 2017

Words by 17 year old venturer, Liz.
Images by Liz and her fellow volunteer group. Some images by expedition 17O photographer, Jake Rowles.

On the first phase, Liz celebrated the Nepali festival, Tihar, festival of light, with her host family. She wanted to share her experience with our blog followers by comparing her host family's annual celebration of Tihar to that of Christmas which she celebrates with her family at home.

December 6, 2017

Further to the last blog on trek and changeover to phase three, the final community phase, we have been reflecting on original motivations for coming to Nepal. As individuals we have come so far on our Raleigh journeys, and to that end we'd like to showcase some of our volunteers. Our WASH programmes are part funded by BNP Paribas Suisse (SA). Because of their investment we are able to support home country volunteers like Pratik coming on and contributing to our programmes.

Interview conducted by Communications Officer, Rebbie Webb. .
Images by Expedition 17O photographer Jake Rowles and venturer, Chase Erickson.

December 3, 2017

Words by Communications Officer, Rebbie Webb.

Images by Expedition 17O photographer, Jake Rowles.

Rebbie and Jake accompanied trek group ‘T1’ for 21 days beginning in Dhading Besi and ending in Megang Dada. Their highest ascent was to just over 2,900m they day they did an optional day hike up Himalayan peak, Timladanda.

“Seeing the other Raleigh volunteers and their energy in the mornings on trek makes me think, why not me? I will return from trek so much more motivated to be ambitious in my life every single day.”
- Pratik, age 24, home country volunteer.

November 27, 2017

Words by Sophie, Expedition 17O volunteer. Sophie has been based in Kamero Tol, Gorkha for the past 19 days on community phase.

Tomorrow, 3rd November, all Expedition 17O volunteers will depart on phase 2, trek, for the following 19 days. Sophie has been allocated a new team, T2 whom she will be trekking with for the next 19 days (Trek 2).

Check out what's been happening on changeover in the training centre on our Raleigh Nepal Facebook page.

November 2, 2017

Last week, communications officer for Expedition 17O, Rebbie, conducted an interview with one of the key members of the community group NE3 are staying in in Gorkha:

Name: Dillmaya Shrestha.
Date: 17.10.17.
Date of Birth: 21.05.1981.
Nepali D.O.B. 06.02.2038!
Nationality and community: Nepali. Gairi Gaun

October 25, 2017
Nepal ICS

Volunteers often ask – “what do you do in field base all day while we are on project?”
Most of the time we are busy with the day to day work of, amongst other things, managing ongoing projects, providing medical support, recruiting new volunteers and planning ongoing programme activities. However, today the Raleigh Nepal Field Base was also the first place in Nepal to mark Restart a Heart Day (as far as we know!).

October 16, 2017

Sunday 15th October is Global Handwashing Day – a day to increase awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

October 15, 2017
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