The four teams have been settling into life in their villages, getting to know their host families, new neighbours and learning from communities. The groups have been taking in their new surroundings and exploring the lay of the land whilst introducing themselves and the aims of their projects.

February 27, 2016

Godmaya, 73 lives with her family in the village of Kiteni, high up in the hills of Hetauda, Nepal.

We think this set of portraits show the strength, warmth and character of this amazing woman!

Her and her family were happy to speak to us their daily lives, the devastating earthquakes and their hopes of our future work together.

February 26, 2016

Team 16R is now complete following the arrival of the volunteers! Induction has been packed full of energisers, ice breakers, training and even a Raleigh Olympics to welcome and prepare everyone for the programme.

February 19, 2016

A thin ribbon of mountainous land, shaped by deep valleys and green pasture. This natural world is blended with the human world, which represents a culture of colour and togetherness. Volunteers on our summer expeditions will be submerged within this diverse land – living in remote villages for up to 21 days at a time, staying with a host family, eating local food, and becoming part of their society.

February 18, 2016

Last year, Nepal experienced two of the most devastating earthquakes in its history – over 8,000 people lost their lives and over 80,000 homes were destroyed. Gorkha, being the epicentre experienced significant damage – in some villages, up to 80% of homes were destroyed. It is here where Raleigh volunteers, local communities and partners can work together to deliver the most impact.

But there is so much more to Gorkha. Packed with history and culture, we’re looking at Gorkha to discover this incredible area where we will be delivering our expeditions later this year.

February 15, 2016

Our Team Leaders have now completed their Project Planning Visit and been back at base finalising their training. Here is what they had to said about their villages...

February 13, 2016
A landscape of a mountain range in Nepal

Few images capture the essence and identity of Nepal better than its stunning mountain landscapes. With approximately three-quarters of the country covered by mountains, Nepal is home to some of the world’s most iconic peaks. But the Nepali mountains are much more than physical feats to conquer, as they are steeped in religious and cultural significance for the communities that live there. From myths of the abominable snowman to long-held, sacred beliefs, we’re looking at the mountains and asking – what do they mean to the people of Nepal?

February 8, 2016

Our Team Leaders have been here for 10 days now, and are deep into training in preparation for their placements. Here's a little of what we have covered so far...

February 4, 2016

2016 brings the first programmes in Nepal for Raleigh, and we are very excited to be kicking off our first 4 International Citizen Service projects. The staff and advance team have been busy at work preparing the country office, organising training, sourcing supplies and getting a lay of the land, to name but a few!

This week we welcomed the Team Leaders, who will be supporting groups of Nepali and British volunteers in 4 different villages on WASH and Livelihood projects.

January 30, 2016

Welcome to the very first Raleigh Nepal ICS blog! We hope you are as excited as we are.

The focus of our work will be providing people in rural Nepal with access to safe drinking water, effective sanitation, and education on the importance of good hygiene practice.

We will also be improving livelihoods that have been affected by last year’s devastating earthquake, providing training that improves knowledge, diversifies skills, and develops community resilience.

January 28, 2016