In the autumn of 2019, I join the Raleigh Expedition in Nicaragua & Costa Rica, as a volunteer communications officer.
Volunteers from diverse backgrounds and all over the world join Raleigh expeditions. On this particular trip, we will be working with rural communities in the very heart of Nicaragua and remote areas of Costa Rica.
As part of working to protect one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet, projects on the expedition involve working with local people on water and sanitation initiatives to bring clean water to rural communities, as well as helping construct school buildings for indigenous communities.
One of Raleigh's core values is creating impact together. Passionate about change, Raleigh ensure that positive results are meaningful, long= lasting and far reaching.
When local communities and young people work side by side to create positive change, it empowers them. This can only achieved this by connecting with motivated people – supporters, project partners, communities, and volunteers. Everyone gets involved because they believe in young people and communities working together to create lasting change.
What will I be doing?
I am on the trip as a volunteer manager. As the expedition communications officer, I will be one of the busiest people on the trip, documenting the expedition, and raising awareness of Raleigh to internal and external audiences.
While visiting many of the project sites to gather material, I'll be working closely with the photographer, venturers and other volunteer managers to generate a variety of media to showcase the progress and achievements of the expedition.
Why do something like this?
I am a communications professional by trade, and in my life I have benefited from various privileges all due to luck and circumstance. Joining this expedition as an unpaid volunteer manager gives me a unique opportunity to use my skills to give back.
I get to give back to rural and indigenous communities, and give back to Raleigh International who enable local communities and young people work side by side to create positive change, empowering them.
One of Raleigh's values is finding courage. This opportunity gives me the chance find the courage to step out of my comfort zone and create change.
Where does this money I am raising go?
Volunteers receive full training and support before their programme and when they are there. Once on programme all food, accommodation and local travel are covered. Travel and medical insurance (excluding personal belongings cover) are also included.
Raleigh's programmes are not funded by volunteer income alone. Raleigh's fundraising ensures they are as impactful as possible, and the organisation are committed to supporting local volunteers and disadvantaged young people to take part.
I am personally funding flights to/from Costa Rica, as well as any out of pocket expenses from not working during this time. These costs are not part of this charity fundraising, all money goes to Raleigh.
How can you help?
Donations of any size or amount are greatly appreciated. Can't afford to donate but want to do your part? Share my story. Want to help in other ways? You can find out if your company has a CSR or charitable giving program, or help organise fundraising events.
Who are Raleigh International?
Raleigh is a sustainable development organisation with 30 years of expertise in working through, for, and with young people to create lasting change.
With project partners, local communities, funders, and over 42,000 previous local and international volunteers, Raleigh forms a global community who are passionate about working together to build a sustainable future.
One of Raleigh's core values is creating impact together. Passionate about change, Raleigh ensure that positive results are meaningful, long-lasting and far reaching.
This can only achieved this by connecting with motivated people – supporters, project partners, communities and volunteers. Everyone gets involved because they believe in young people and communities working together to create lasting change.