About Raleigh

It all began in the year 1978 when Colonel John Blashford-Snell and HRH Prince Charles started Operation Drake, where Operation Drake served as a scientific exploration and a community service to allow young people the chance to explore the world and to inspire change by making a difference.

HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales chatting with Venturers of Operation Raleigh

By the year 1984, Operation Drake became Operation Raleigh as it was a success that involved an astounding number of 4,000 volunteers from all different parts of the globe.

As the years go by, the number of volunteers increased and Operation Raleigh then grew to become Raleigh International at the year 1992, all while reflecting on the achievements made by the volunteers whom have impacted the many communities where our expeditions have taken place.

Despite the changes Raleigh went through, what never changed was The Four Challenges that were founded from the very beginning of the first expedition. The challenges are:

1. Being Selected
2. Raising Funds
3. Going for Expedition
4. Contributing Locally

Today, Raleigh continues to empower young people from all walks of life, ages, and nationalities to be involved with people, places, communities and the challenges in life by taking action and as well as empowering change in the local communities to achieve sustainable development through expeditions.

For more information on the history of Raleigh, please do visit here.



Raleigh International Kuala Lumpur (Raleigh KL) is a sustainable, youth-developmental organisation and was founded in 1999 by a group of passionate, young Malaysian individuals who were inspired from the works of Raleigh and came forth to start up the organisation to spread awareness of who and what Raleigh is all about and to encourage young Malaysians to take charge of their lives by getting involved in global issues.

Similar to Raleigh International, Raleigh Kuala Lumpur facilitates the Four Challenges and supports the process of Malaysian venturers and staffs participating in local and overseas expeditions organised by Raleigh International. In fulfilling the fourth challenge, Raleigh Kuala Lumpur also carries out various adventure, community and environmental projects locally. 

Raleigh Kuala Lumpur is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation registered as Pertubuhan Raleigh International Kuala Lumpur with the Malaysian Registrar of Societies (PPM-006-1428091999) and is based in the Klang Valley.