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Over the next 10 weeks, a new group of young volunteers will be working side by side with rural communities to continue Raleigh Nepal’s long term work in Gorkha to improve water, sanitation and hygiene. Since arriving in Nepal, the volunteers of the Expedition 2019 Spring Cycle have been training and learning about the communities they’ll be working with, ready to deliver valuable work on WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) projects. Meet our teams of inspiring volunteers and find out more about the challenges and adventures ahead of them:

February 16, 2019

Our Spring 2019 volunteers are deployed to their respective communities. They will be working their best in partnership with our project partners to create that lasting change for a sustainable goal, which Raleigh aims for. Here is a glimpse of our volunteers and Team Leaders who will be working on ICS WASH projects (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) in the region of Makwanpur this spring cycle.

February 14, 2019

Former volunteers from the Raleigh National Societies of Nepal, Nicaragua, and Tanzania have been working together as part of the Exchange for Campaigns, Empowerment and Leadership (ExCEL) project to design and develop youth-led environmental campaigns. The aim of these campaigns is to achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, set out by the United Nations, and to help marginalised communities adapt to the threats posed by a changing climate. The ExCEL programme is funded by the Norwegian Agency for Exchange Corporation (NOREC). NOREC funds exchange projects involving their members in Norway and countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

February 2, 2019

In each country we work in, Raleigh groups contain volunteers and volunteer managers from the host country, who work tirelessly to help the team assimilate into the local culture, and respect local values. Roshan Khanal has been volunteering in Nepal sine September on the Expedition programme. He has spent six weeks in one community, Ranaguan, and three weeks trekking in the Ruby Valley.

January 16, 2019

Raleigh's International Citizen Service (ICS) livelihoods volunteers are working for sustainable development with community members in Ghoptebesi, Makwanpur. They have now appointed mentors who will continue to work for improvement of livelihoods in their community after showing the community people the importance of livelihood diversification and how sustainable farming practices will allow them to increase their income and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

December 24, 2018

Marie Henri is an employee of GLIDE, a company which sponsors employees to take part in Raleigh expeditions as part of their “Future Leaders” programme. Marie spent ten weeks in Nepal, working in two communities in the Gorkha region, and trekked through the Ruby Valley for three weeks. She spoke to Raleigh about her time in Nepal, and the lessons she will bring back to GLIDE with her.

December 18, 2018

Bhim Prasad Paudel, a primary school teacher, has hosted Raleigh volunteers in Khastar, a village in Gorkha, Nepal, since late September this year. Volunteers in Nepal stay with a host family for a period of three weeks, who provide them with a room to stay in and all their meals. Many volunteers develop a close bond with the families, who welcome them into their homes and treat them as a member of the family. We spoke to him about his life, and recent experience with Raleigh.

December 13, 2018

Raleigh's International Citizen Service (ICS) wash volunteers are working with community members in Koudi, Gorkha, to cope up with scarcity of water in the community. They are doing different sessions on awareness raising, training and helping in community development.

December 11, 2018
EXCEL Participants

Exchange for Campaigns, Empowerment and Leadership (ExCEL) is a programme funded by NOREC, which sees a group of volunteers from the Raleigh National Societies of Nepal, Nicaragua, and Tanzania come together to design and develop environmental campaigns. These campaigns will empower rural communities in adapting to the impact of a changing climate through changes in their behaviours and raising awareness of the issues involved. The volunteers have successfully completed the first part of the project in Tanzania, where they identified community behaviours which will need to change in order to adapt to effects of climate change. These specifically relate to community energy use, forest management, and agricultural practices. They are now in Nepal for the second part of the project, where they will be identifying further climate change adaptive behaviours in the Nepali context.
Here is a report from Vivek, a participant in the project, as they began the second part in Nepal.

December 7, 2018