International volunteering for 18-25 year olds

About your eligibility

Can I volunteer if I have a criminal record?

Having a criminal record won’t necessarily prevent you from volunteering with ICS, it depends on the circumstances and background of the offence. All of our partners use the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to provide Enhanced Disclosures for all volunteers and are committed to complying with the DBS Code of Practice and Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. You will usually be asked to complete a DBS form at the assessment day, where staff will be on hand to help you. Click here to read the young person’s guide to DBS.

What if I have an ongoing medical condition?

In order to ensure your continued good health and wellbeing while overseas, all volunteers will need to be medically cleared before setting off. You will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire at the assessment day, where staff will be on hand to help you.

Will an impairment or disability rule me out?

ICS is committed to inclusion and to meeting the individual needs of those who take part. We’ll do all we can to support your application, so please tell us as much as you can about your specific needs in the relevant section of the application form.

I’m over 25, are there opportunities for me?

If you’re too old to volunteer on ICS, or if you’re 23-35 but have significant experience supporting a diverse range of young people and a flair for leadership, you can apply to be an ICS Team Leader. As a Team Leader, you’ll spend between 3-8 months living in a developing country supporting groups of ICS volunteers. These positions are recruited against a particular skill set and are based on relevant experience. Just like volunteers, team leaders from the UK are expected to fundraise for the programme before going overseas. It’s a challenging role but also a rewarding one.

Can I apply if I'm not a UK, EU or EEA citizen?

If ICS has programmes in your own country, then you can apply directly to the offices there to be an in-country volunteer. If successful you will be teamed with volunteers from the UK and others from your country. Take a look at our contacts map to see where there are ICS opportunities where you live.