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
Being unable to get a place at the university he wanted to attend, Akash Pandey took a gap year and applied to Raleigh. He spoke to us about how volunteering in ICS and Expedition has helped him find his way through that time.January 4, 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.
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
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.
Raleigh's work is delivered though teams of volunteers, who give the programme its energy, inspiration and bring a whole lot of fun. To celebrate International Volunteer Day, two of our Expedition volunteers have written about their time volunteering in Nepal. Anna-Maria is an international volunteer from Edinburgh, in the UK, and Sudhir is a host country volunteer from Bhaktapur, Nepal.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
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.