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At the Raleigh International training centre in Kathmandu, preparations for Expedition are under way. Our volunteer managers have travelled from Eastern and Western Nepal, Kathmandu City, Australia, Canada, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (UK) for our Summer 2018 programme.

July 1, 2018

As the Final Phase review for our Makwanpur ICS group approaches, Ben, team leader for NC7, looks back at all the achievements of the team in Sanutar during their journey so far.

June 30, 2018

Namaste (नमस्ते)! As we prepare to deliver the next phase of our development work in Nepal, we welcome the advance volunteer managers who will be joining forces with our team of dedicated Raleigh Nepal staff based in Kathmandu.

June 20, 2018

There is a story to everyone. In Raleigh International Nepal Country Office, among the hubbub of daily comms rotations, morning meetings, busy work hours, and lunch hours, there is barely any time to listen to stories. We prioritize volunteers and team leaders, who toil day and night in the rural communities of Gorkha and Makwanpur, always motivated to bring change in the society and in themselves. We are proud to be their stepping stone where they learn copious amount of lessons in a short duration of three months and instigate a wonderful journey towards their dreams and goals. However, this time we are determined to bring out the stories of people who work behind the scenes. This post is about our Country Program Manager Sudhir Malla, who started out as a volunteer and raised himself to this position with continuous determination and patience, most importantly passion.

June 12, 2018

Since plummeting onto the runway in Kathmandu my concept of ‘Comfort Zones’ has entirely evaporated out of use. But this has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It will not do to spend one’s life confined to rituals and routines week after week. From arriving here, I have not had a minute to myself. I have been spending every aspect of my life; eating, working and sleeping alongside people I’ve only known for a couple of days. Although this can be scary it is a big reward to be able to make firm friends this quickly.

June 11, 2018

An early start on our first working day of our second week marked the first venture of Solithum’s newly founded Water Users Committee. We hiked up to the village water source to find a diverse group of community members enthusiastic to start work on their new water scheme. Our role in this consisted of forming a “human chain” with the community members to transport building materials, such as sand and pebbles required to build an intake tank and a water reservoir.

June 11, 2018

Krishna Bahadur is the village respondent and head of the Water Users Committee in Sau Gaun, a village of 17 households and a population of 80. He was born in Kathmandu, Thamel, despite his family being from Sau Gaun. He moved to his village (Sau Gaun) at the age of 3 and started his education locally, moving between five different schools before studying at college and university in Kathmandu, where he studied hotel management. He went on to work in hotels for four years, in roles such as waiter and management. Hhis ability to speak English greatly improved due to the large tourist customer base. From his acquired skills he decided to open his own hotel (called Hotel Garden), running successfully for three years until he had to close because of lack of business.

May 22, 2018

Soil is everything in this part of Nepal we will now live in for three months. In our second week in Shikharjung, we helped grow first vegetable nursery that included veggies like tomato and cabbage. The seedlings that grow in this patch of land will be distributed to each of the poly-tunnel beneficiaries to support their economic growth. Poly-tunnels are made with bamboo or steel with semi circular hoops that are covered with plastics. They work like green houses and are used to grow off seasonal vegetables. The main objective of growing the vegetable nursery and constructing poly-tunnels is to empower the local people in their business in a sustainable way.

May 21, 2018

In autumn 2017, I decided to return back to my home country, Nepal, on a Raleigh ICS placement with an ambition to make a difference in the lives of some of the most underprivileged people living in deprived areas. Over the course of 10 weeks, our focus was on providing easy access to clean water; infrastructure work; community development ; awareness raising and training in a small community named Dhuseni in Gorkha.

May 16, 2018

Born and raised in Chitwan, Pradeep Raj Giri is the Country Operations Manager (COM) in Raleigh International Nepal. With the academic background in social work, conflict, peace and development studies, he started his career as an academic associate in Kadambari Memorial College. After that, he did a three-month course in Peace Studies in India which led him to volunteer for a year in Corrymeela Community in Northern Island. He has his mentor Michael Fryer to thank for this volunteering opportunity that changed his life. He has also worked in All Hands Volunteers as a Community Trainer and Operations Manager. Pradeep joined Raleigh in 2017 and has been running the show behind the curtains of operations team. Here is what he has to say about his Raleigh journey and experiences.

May 11, 2018