The Magnificent Seven

Seven YMCA DownsLink Group residents from Crawley, Brighton, Horsham, Guildford and Mid Sussex have been accepted to take part in this year’s summer programme with Raleigh International. After successfully completing the recent residential in Yorkshire, all seven residents have been allocated full funding from Raleigh International to take part in the ten week overseas volunteering programme. All of the young people taking part in the residential demonstrated resilience and strength, whilst remaining committed and positive to work together as a team and overcome any obstacles they encountered.

With departure dates set for the end of June, the young people now have the task of fundraising and seeking donations to meet their contributions towards the flights and get all the kit and vaccinations needed for a jungle adventure. Five of the young people are travelling to the island of Borneo in Malaysia and two are off to Costa Rica and Nicaragua in Central America for ten weeks of volunteering.

Raleigh’s vision is to create a global community of inspired young people committed to working together regardless of age, social background, culture and nationality, to build and maintain strong and sustainable communities across the globe.


YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by and faithful to our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

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