International volunteering for 18-25 year olds

Challenges Worldwide ICS

Image © Andrew Aitchison Worldwide is a pioneering social enterprise. We support entrepreneurs and enterprises, helping them grow their businesses to generate income, sustainable economic growth and alleviate poverty.

UK volunteers are paired with local volunteers to work together supporting the growth of small to medium enterprises.

You will develop your professional skills, enhance your employability and see first hand the vital role of economic development in reducing poverty and generating opportunity. In addition to your placement, you can achieve a professional consulting qualification through the Chartered Management Institute.

Jake volunteered in Ghana with his local counterpart Theo. Working with a food association that has over 100 members, they were able to help with market research and developed the website.


“It has been so valuable gaining experience with ICS, I have grown in ways I didn’t even know I would.” – Jake

Your destination

  • Ghana
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
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Your impact

Every team supports a different business. Challenges volunteers work with a wide variety of established businesses such as:

Banana Wine

The production of banana wine started in response to an over supply of matooke (cooking bananas) in Uganda. Now sellers get a fair price for previously wasted matooke, improving their families’ income and standard of living. The volunteer team Millie and Amon were able to implement and train the business in the use of a financial management system and recommend important cost saving measures.

Nutritious Cereals

For the last seven years this business has been developing a delicious mixture of grains to produce cereal. These cereals provide the nutrients necessary in the diet of young children. Before ICS the business struggled to see if they were making a profit. Working with the business owner, volunteer pair Dami and Ernest (pictured), were able to limit this uncertainty by updating their bookkeeping and website and by creating a marketing plan.

Probiotic Yoghurt

This business has developed a healthy and affordable product with a particular focus on increasing the overall dairy intake amongst Ghanaians and to provide children with the vital nutrients that will ensure they can reach their full growth potential. Volunteers Liam and Collins were able to use their knowledge to design a social media strategy and marketing plan.

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Why Challenges ICS?

While some of our volunteers have a background in business, the main thing is that you are passionate about helping a business to grow and open to learning.

Successful participants include a drama student and a coffee barista – it’s about being quick to learn and ready for a challenge.

“Despite having studied drama as a degree and having had a lot of experience within the arts, I have always felt inclined to start my own business. After having spent 10 weeks in Ghana working with my local counterpart in an agricultural business, I had the opportunity to write a full marketing plan. I now feel much more prepared, experienced and motivated to start my own enterprise.‚Äč” – William, volunteered in Ghana

If you’re in any doubt, contact us on +44 (0) 131 225 9549 before applying. We will be delighted to speak with you.

Your future CV

You will develop and demonstrate your professional skills enhancing your employability. We support you in this by providing:

  • One week training
  • 30 online tools and resources
  • In-country and remote expert support

You can achieve an internationally recognised vocational qualification in professional consulting through the Chartered Management Institute. It's highly valued by employers and can help you find employment after your placement.

I wanted to put the theory into practical action. I have been experiencing how to do business.The training was great as I didn’t know anything to do with marketing and sales before.” – Evelyn, volunteered in Uganda

If you would like to find out more call us on +44 (0)20 8780 7400.

Apply now to volunteer overseas with Challenges Worldwide ICS.

Don’t forget to select Challenges Worldwide on the application form!