International volunteering for 18-25 year olds

Progressio ICS

Progressio ICS Honduras visual short

Progressio works alongside people in developing countries to help them gain power over their lives and to overcome barriers that keep them in poverty.

Progressio sends people to work with local organisations in developing countries, where they work alongside local people and communities to build their ability to overcome poverty. It also campaigns to change the policies and practices that keep people poor.

Volunteers are encouraged to explore the role of faith in development, in order to better understand the context and challenges of tackling poverty in developing countries. Applications are welcome from people of all faiths and none: all you need is an open mind, and respect for the views of others.

Destination countries

With Progressio ICS, you could go to:

  • El Salvador
  • Honduras
  • Malawi
  • Nicaragua
  • Zimbabwe

If you are interested in going to Central America, some Spanish language skills will be useful. However, this is not essential, as some language training will be provided as part of the in-country orientation.

Types of project

With ICS Progressio, you'll work on a project in one of three broad areas of work:

  • Promoting a sustainable environment
  • Empowering people to respond to HIV and AIDS
  • Enabling people to participate and have a say in the decisions and policies that affect their lives

For example, you could run drama workshops to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS in local communities, help to set up children’s centres or ‘food gardens’, support young people to educate their communities about protecting and conserving the environment or work with a local organisation to challenge exploitation of child workers.

How it works

You will work in a group of 4 to 7 UK volunteers along with a group leader, and a similar number of local volunteers.

During your placement your team will hold regular reviews and you will be able to bring your own thoughts and ideas to plan and carry out activities. You will also be able to take on specific roles within your volunteer team, such as blogging, collecting visual media, monitoring and evaluating, and community relations.

Placements last for 12 weeks and we have departures throughout the year.

Find out about more ICS overseas volunteering placements in Afica, Asia, Central and South America.