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This is the place to get a real insight into our projects on the ground. Meet our volunteers, communities and staff who are working together to create lasting, positive change.

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Our Phase 1 Alpha 4 group have emerged from the jungle after spending 16 days trekking 80km in the Crocker Range. They spent time developing their leadership skills and are now fully-fledged jungle survival experts. Here are their top tips.

November 14, 2017

This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week - a celebration of the innovators who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and benefit their communities. Our SALY-B programme aims to empower young people to launch their own green, sustainable businesses, so we want to celebrate this and highlight the benefits of youth participation and empowerment. At Raleigh we want to use Global Entrepreneurship Week to acknowledge the amazing work of young people, showing how they can be at the heart of global change, developing solutions and making decisions.

SALY-B is a new programme for Raleigh Borneo and one focused on building youth skills in green entrepreneurship in some of the most rural areas of Sabah. Here, we’re having a look at the results of the programme – the business plans produced by some of the participants, ready to pitch for the possibility of securing seed funding.

November 13, 2017

In spring 2017, five Host Country Venturers (HVCs) joined Expedition 17A as the first group of United States Embassy funded Sabahan Youth Development Programme volunteers.

Over an amazing ten weeks, they developed their leadership skills, as well as building a strong understanding of sustainable development. They’re now putting all this learning into practice by undertaking social action projects that aim to create positive change in their own communities. The venturers decided to split into two teams in order to support each other and make the most of their skills.

Their projects are now fully completed, and both have had their opening ceremonies. Here’s a final wrap-up of how both the teams got on.

November 11, 2017

The volunteers and VMs have enjoyed a very exciting and rewarding first phase. They have experience trekking, learning jungle crafts, leadership skills, identifying Bornean birds, building a tandas and laying foundations in their various projects.

November 7, 2017

The region of Sabah in Borneo has seen a vast amount of degradation of its ecological systems through pollution, illegal logging and poaching. This threatens many of the species that call the jungle their home. Sabah is one of the top 12 mega-biodiverse areas on the planet. Its forests support thousands of animal and plant species and are integral assets in the mitigation against climate change.

November 5, 2017

SALY-B, or Sustainable Alternative Livelihoods for Youth in Sabah, is a new approach for Raleigh Borneo. SALY-B develops young peoples’ skills, knowledge and networks to enable them to manage their natural environment, develop green enterprises, and to protect the valuable biodiversity of Sabah.

November 3, 2017

Alpha 1 are now over halfway through their time in Kampung Buruni. The team of volunteers have been working closely with the community to understand the need and are well on the way to building a gravity fed water system and tandas units.

November 1, 2017

Journalist Zulkifly Ab Latif visited our 17E Alpha 1 project at Kampung Pandan, attending the opening ceremony for the three tandas and the gravity-fed water system. These were built by our summer expedition venturers, working collaboratively with the village. Here we hear about his experience and how he learnt that adventure can be altruistic.

October 27, 2017

Access to early years education provides skills such as reading, writing and social development. It is fundamental to determining quality of health, well-being, learning and behaviour across a life span. Without this, a community’s marginalisation and restricted range of livelihoods is exacerbated.

October 24, 2017