First established in 1984 by HRH Prince Charles and Colonel John Blashford-Snell, Raleigh International is a sustainable development charity that works in remote, rural areas to improve sanitation, access to safe water and protect vulnerable environments and communities. This is carried out in a number of ways, through raising awareness of health and hygiene, sharing sustainable farming methods, teaching entrepreneurial business skills as well as overseeing the construction of community buildings. Raleigh has worked in many locations throughout the world and currently have permanent offices in Nepal, Nicaragua/Costa Rica and Tanzania. The organisation has two core programs which are Expedition and ICS (International Citizen Service) which is led by VSO and funded by the UK Government. Raleigh also works alongside other respected development organisations to deliver programs in over 30 countries.

Raleigh works with different people from all over the world, including volunteers and permanent staff from the countries in which they are based. All those working within the charity are trained and supported to work alongside communities living in poverty. The organisation works to create lasting change through youth, believing them to have the energy and determination to empower communities and to change behaviors. 

In September 2017, I worked with Raleigh Tanzania for three and a half months as the in country photographer. Tanzania is one of the world’s poorest countries, yet it also has a rapidly growing economy. Approximately 75% of Tanzanians live in rural communities where adequate access to safe water and sanitation is rare, and very few economic opportunities exist for young people. Alongside the communications officer (Miguel de Palma), my role was to photograph Raleighs work documenting projects, communities, funding organisations and volunteers, as well as supplying marketing photographs for the branding of the charity.