International volunteering for UK 18-25 year olds

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ICS Entrepreneur

ICS Entrepreneur is a UK government funded programme that tackles poverty in some of the world’s poorest communities by supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses in developing countries. It’s led by VSO in partnership with Balloon VenturesChallenges Worldwide and Raleigh.

Unemployment is a key challenge facing young people around the world and tackling that challenge can boost economic growth in some of the places that need it most. To do this ICS Entrepreneur teams young volunteers from the UK with local volunteers from developing countries, putting their skills and creativity into practice supporting emerging businesses.

Read more about volunteering overseas with ICS Entrepreneur in Lydia's volunteer story. Lydia volunteered in Cambodia with VSO ICS Entrepreneur and worked with a local organisation to help plan an English school that will make money to be invested in the community.

Who's it for?

Whether you’re a recent graduate, someone looking for a career break or just interested in volunteering overseas, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a difference while adding skills to your CV that are highly valued by employers.

All UK-based 18-25 year olds are welcome to apply, regardless of background, qualifications, disability and work history. So if you’re up for a challenge and willing to work hard, find out if you can take part.

What’s the difference between ICS and ICS Entrepreneur?

In many ways an ICS Entrepreneur placement is the same as an ICS placement. UK volunteers work side by side with local volunteers and spend 10-12 weeks with partner organisations in some of the world’s poorest communities.

ICS Entrepreneur is focused on livelihoods, with volunteers supporting communities by working with local entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. You don’t need a degree in business or to have started your own company as you’ll learn new skills during your training that you can put into practice and pass on to others. You’ll be able to use your new skills back in the UK too.

Got a question?

If you have any questions, please check out our FAQ section, send it through the form or contact us on the details below.

T: +44 (0)20 8780 7400

ICS aims to provide a life-enhancing opportunity to as many people as possible, so if you have already volunteered on ICS you are not eligible to apply for ICS Entrepreneur. However, returned ICS volunteers with leadership experience and motivational skills can apply for team leader roles using the standard application form.