ICS Entrepreneur

ICS Entrepreneur 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 Ventures, Challenges 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.  

This could involve using your skills to support a farmer to produce a business plan, help a carpenter to develop a new product, or assist a market seller to expand their business.The challenges are varied and exciting, and you can make a noticeable difference.

What’s different about ICS Entrepreneur?

As with ICS, volunteers with ICS Entrepreneur will spend 10-12 weeks working with a partner organisation as a team in some of the world’s poorest communities. The key distinction between ICS Entrepreneur and ICS is the focus on business, and the skills that volunteers need to make a difference. You don’t need a degree in business or to have started your own company, but you do need skills, experience or aptitude of an aspect of business, for example sales, marketing, finance, planning or communications – anything you can use to support others grow their businesses.

Why choose ICS Entrepreneur?

ICS Entrepreneur is a great chance to develop skills and gain experience that can demonstrate your ability to innovate and work in a challenging environment to future employers. While on placement you will be given all the support you need to put your skills into practice, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to make a positive change in your life and the lives of others.

If you haven’t done ICS before and think ICS Entrepreneur is for you, take a look at our partner organisations below, and apply by filling in our online application form. If you have done ICS before, then you might be interested in one of our Team Leader positions. If you have any questions, please check out our FAQ section or contact us on:
T: +44 (0)20 8780 7400
E: enquiries@volunteerics.org

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.