International volunteering for 18-25 year olds

Raleigh ICS

Raleigh works to drive positive change in sustainable development. Its work is delivered with, for and through diverse teams of young people in partnership with local communities and organisations.

Destination countries

With Raleigh ICS, you could go to:

  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Tanzania

Types of project

  • In Nepal – you will focus on the rehabilitation of water and sanitations systems as well as supporting women and young people to develop livelihoods. This is a crucial time to volunteer in Nepal and to support its communities to become more resilient. You could also work with young people and women to identify opportunities to create local enterprises and agricultural businesses.

International Citizen Service with Raleigh International - Nicaragua

  • In Nicaragua – where many communities have few basic amenities, you might help to access community water management needs, build gravity feed water systems and work with local people to adopt positive hygiene/health practices. Alternatively you may work with youth groups and deliver awareness sessions on deforestation, biodiversity and waste management, or support local business and enterprise to improve community resilience and economic development.

¿Hablas español? For some of our placements in Nicaragua, we require conversational Spanish.

  • In Tanzania – you might work with communities which lack basic amenities in rural areas on projects focusing on positive health practices. Activities may include visiting local villages to deliver awareness-raising sessions on general hygiene, investigating the best ways to bring in clean water based on the land capability and climate or building toilets and training local people about maintaining and repairing them. We also have projects that focus on improving community resilience and economic development through supporting local business and enterprise.

Whatever you do, you’ll develop key life skills such as team-working, leadership, adaptability, communication and problem-solving.

How it works

On Raleigh ICS you’ll be part of a team of young people; a 1:1 mix of UK and local volunteers, supported by two team leaders and a local community organisation. You might be split into smaller groups for some activities but you’ll always regroup at the end of each day to review activities, discuss international development issues and plan future work.

When can I go?

Raleigh ICS placements depart 3 times per year – in spring, summer and autumn.

Volunteer - placements last for 10-12 weeks.

Nicaragua: 15 September – 8 December
Tanzania: 22 September – 12 December (please apply as soon as possible if you are interested in volunteering in Tanzania)
Nepal: 27 September – 19 December

Nepal: 8 February – 2 May
Nicaragua: 15 March – 6 June
Tanzania: 18 March – 7 June

Team Leader - placements last from 14 1/2 weeks up to 8 months.

Nepal: 11 September – 22 December

Nepal: 24 January – 7 May
Nicaragua: 28 February – 2 September
Tanzania: 1 March – 4 September

All volunteers and team leaders apply for ICS on the main application form.

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