International volunteering for 18-25 year olds
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How it works

Your ICS placement is about more than what you do while you're overseas.

Before leaving you need to fundraise a minimum of £800 that goes towards funding the programme. When you return you'll do your Action at Home, a project that makes a positive change in your local community.

We're here to help, from tips on how to fundraise, to training to support your projects overseas, to what might make a good Action at Home.

As an ICS volunteer you'll be supported every step of the way.

Part of that support includes us paying for the things you need to do before you go overseas, like travel and accommodation for assessment days and training.

Volunteers and Team Leaders

Every ICS placement is supported by volunteers and Team Leaders. 

Volunteers, aged 18-25, work side-by-side with local volunteers on sustainable development projects delivered by nine different agencies across 19 developing countries in Asia, Africa and Central America.

Team Leaders, aged 23-35, support these volunteers, spending three or six months abroad offering pastoral support to their team. Working alongside a local counterpart, their job is to make sure the young people are working together to the best of their ability.

Host homes and health

You will be living with a host family, usually in very rural areas in developing countries where the climate, living conditions and the physical environment may be challenging and stressful. 

As a volunteer you are likely to face all the usual health risks that you would in your home country, as well as new risks which are common in the countries where ICS programmes are based. The available support in local medical facilities may be quite basic.  

You will need to complete a health questionnaire and be medically cleared by an appointed medical professional before you leave to go on your placement. 

It is essential that you provide us with as much information as possible about any medical problems you have experienced in the past or are experiencing now. This enables us to try to avoid unacceptable risks to your health and accommodate any medical requirements you may have.

Our commitment

As a matter of principle no volunteer will be excluded from accessing the programme due to cost.

ICS is committed to inclusion and to meeting the individual needs of those who take part. We welcome applications from young people who have an impairment or who consider themselves to be disabled.

The stages of ICS

Here's a step-by-step look at the path of your ICS journey: