Our story

Raleigh International: a community committed to impact. We’re an ever-evolving organisation, constantly adapting to new ideas and challenges. But what never changes is our dedication to delivering results that last: communities who are empowered to develop sustainably, and young people who are inspired to take action.

In 1992, Operation Raleigh became Raleigh International

We kept our adventurous spirit and commitment to youth leadership, whilst broadening our programmatic aims to become the diverse and impact-driven charity we are today.

1984: Operation Raleigh was born

Young people volunteered on projects across the globe, building life-long skills and confidence. Nearly 4,000 volunteers took part, creating the foundations of the global community we are today. With over 30 years of experience, we’re experts in supporting young people from a wide range of backgrounds.

Operation Drake began in 1978

A venture launched by HRH Prince Charles and Colonel John Blashford-Snell, Operation Drake had scientific exploration and community service as its aims. It also gave a generation of young people the inspiration to change the world.

We’re still providing that inspiration today.