International volunteering for 18-25 year olds

About costs and funding

How is ICS funded?

The UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) funds 90% of the ICS programme. The other 10% is funded by volunteer fundraising.

How much do I need to raise?

After having a chat with one of our applications team you'll be given a fundraising target, usually a minimum of £800. You’ll be supported by one of our experienced fundraising team who have loads of good advice and encouragement to help you reach your target.

Where do my funds go?

The money ICS volunteers and team leaders raise will go towards making sure we can give this opportunity to more than 7,000 young people from the UK and 7,000 volunteers from countries where we work. Without your help we wouldn’t be able to offer placements to so many young people - your fundraising is vital for us to deliver the programme.

Why do I have to fundraise?

You don’t have to pay for ICS, but volunteer fundraising makes up 10% of our funding. One reason volunteers have to fundraise is that it shows commitment to the programme. Fundraising also helps you to learn more about the programme and how to explain it to others - it’s a great opportunity to raise awareness of ICS. It also helps you to develop your skills and confidence, and these skills are often useful overseas, for your action at home and future career plans. Your placement doesn’t begin when you step on the plane, it begins at home. Fundraising is an essential part of this.

What support will I get to help with my fundraising?

Our experienced fundraising team have already helped thousands of ICS volunteers to raise more than £4million. The fundraising target may seem daunting to begin with, but don’t worry - you’ll have one of the team as your personal advisor, giving access to ideas and resources. We also have our fundraising Facebook group where you can share ideas with volunteers in the same situation as you, and regular blog posts to share ideas. You’ll be supported every step of the way to meet or even beat your target.

What’s included in ICS funding?

As well as structured training and support, ICS volunteers receive their visas, flights, travel and medical insurance, medication, vaccines, food and accommodation and a small allowance during their placement.