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Raleigh International ICS

Raleigh works to drive positive change in sustainable development. Its work is delivered with, for and through diverse teams of young people in partnership with local communities and organisations.

We believe that when local communities and young people work side by side to create positive change, it empowers them. And it’s the energy and motivation of empowered people that creates lasting change.

We work in partnership with communities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and governments in Nicaragua, Nepal and Tanzania. Since our foundation in 1984, Raleigh volunteers have become a global community of more than 42,000 people committed to building a sustainable future.

    ICS volunteers demonstrate how to filter water through material at Endagikot School, Mbulu, Tanzania
    © ICS / Raleigh / Andrew Aitchison
    ICS volunteers demonstrate how to filter water through material at Endagikot School, Mbulu, Tanzania

      Destination countries 

      Women in Bagdali, Nepal, celebrate Nepali Rice Plantation Day. Volunteers work to increase resilience to climate change and natural disasters
      © ICS / Raleigh / Sushant Harsha Bajracharya
      Women in Bagdali, Nepal, celebrate Nepali Rice Plantation Day. Volunteers work to increase resilience to climate change and natural disasters

      Nepal

      You will focus on the rehabilitation of water and sanitation systems as well as supporting women and young people to develop livelihoods. 

      Following 2015's tragic earthquake which killed 9,000 and injured almost 22,000, this is a crucial time to volunteer in Nepal and to support its communities to become more resilient. You could also work with young people and women to identify opportunities to create local enterprises and agricultural businesses.

      With the support of ICS, Dania Izaguirre from Mango Solo, Nicaragua, is training to be a beekeeper
      © ICS / Raleigh / Inga Pracute
      With the support of ICS, Dania Izaguirre from Mango Solo, Nicaragua, is training to be a beekeeper

      Nicaragua

      Many communities have few basic amenities. You might work to help them adopt positive hygiene and health practices or to build sustainable livelihoods.

      In a country where two million can't access adequate sanitation facilities, you could develop a network of trained rural entrepreneurs to promote sanitation, or help empower young people to manage their natural resources efficiently. ¿Hablas español? For some placements in Nicaragua, we require conversational Spanish.

      Volunteers Frida and Cathryn chat to their host Mother Agnes in their host home in Mbulu, Tanzania
      © ICS / Raleigh / Andrew Aitchison
      Volunteers Frida and Cathryn chat to their host Mother Agnes in their host home in Mbulu, Tanzania

      Tanzania 

      You might work with rural communities lacking basic amenities on projects focusing on improving health.

      Activities may include visiting local villages to deliver awareness-raising sessions on hygiene, investigating how best to bring in clean water or building toilets and training local people about maintaining and repairing them. We also have projects that focus on improving community resilience and economic development through local business and enterprise.

      Volunteer Mazo Juma demonstrates how to use a tippy tap in Endagikot School, Mbulu, Tanzania
      © ICS / Raleigh / Andrew Aitchison
      Volunteer Mazo Juma demonstrates how to use a tippy tap in Endagikot School, Mbulu, Tanzania

      How it works

      On Raleigh ICS you’ll be part of a team of young people; a 1:1 mix of UK and local volunteers, supported by two team leaders and a local community organisation. You might be split into smaller groups for some activities but you’ll always regroup at the end of each day to review activities, discuss international development issues and plan future work.

      When can I go?

      Raleigh ICS placements depart 3 times per year – in spring, summer and autumn.

      Volunteer placements (10-12 weeks)

      Nepal - 1st February - 24th April 2018 or 6th February - 29th April 2018
      Nicaragua - 12th February - 6th May 2018
      Tanzania - 16th February - 9th May 2018

      Team Leader placements (3 months)

      Nepal - 17th January - 2nd May 2018
      Nicaragua -
      22nd January - 8th May 2018
      Tanzania - 30th January - 11th May 2018

      Other ICS partners also have different placement dates if ours don’t suit you.

      Apply now

      If you’re ready for the challenge, fill in the online application form and select Raleigh International from the list of agencies you want to volunteer with.

      If you'd like to find out more before you apply you can call us on +44 (0)20 8780 7400 or click here to find out more about the next steps.

      Are you ready to apply?