International volunteering for 18-25 year olds

Restless Development ICS

Restless Development is the youth-led development agency. Our mission is to place young people at the forefront of change and development. Our strength comes from being led by young people, from the boardroom right through to the field.

Since 1985, our programmes have reached over 7 million young people. We work full-time across Africa and South Asia.

Restless Development

Destination countries

  • India
  • Nepal
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Types of Project

Each ICS programme is designed by our County Programme staff, with input from volunteers in each placement, and is based on the needs of the local community. Your placement will make a substantial contribution to the aims of the Country Programme, while also helping us to achieve our ambitious global strategy.

Restless Development ICS and VSO introduced Voices For Development in 2012. Voices for Development is a programme enhancement that enables us to give our volunteers additional media support and training throughout their time on ICS, to capture stories from the people they meet on their placement. We then encourage our volunteers to share their experiences once they are home as part of their Action at Home. Our volunteers have done this in a variety of ways including making videos, writing blogs and telling their stories through local and national media.

In India more than 235 million people are 15-25 years of age. Volunteers work to increase knowledge of diverse livelihood options and increase awareness of diseases such as malaria through community events and campaigns.

In Nepal 58% of the population is under 25 and around 60% of girls get married before reaching age of 18 - among them 23% become mothers. It is common in rural areas for girls not to be in education and they are therefore unaware of their rights. We reach out to young people both in and out of schools to raise awareness and increase knowledge of girls rights and the implications of early marriage and pregnancy.

In South Africa young people make up 42% of the population. We operate from the Eastern Cape, one of the poorest provinces in South Africa. Using peer education, volunteers run sessions on careers and life skills workshops, livelihood sessions to increase knowledge of safe sexual and reproductive health and rights practices, raising awareness of livelihood opportunities and the support available to them.

In Tanzania 66% of the population is under 25. There are currently 900,000 young people entering the job market in Tanzania every year, with only 4% successfully completing secondary level education.. We focus on identifying, building and strengthening informal out of school groups of young people, especially vulnerable girls who are often excluded from enterprise development.

In Uganda young people make up over 70% of the population. There is an increasing prevalence of HIV and other sexually transmitted disease, particularly in the areas we work in. We reach out to in school and out of school youth as well as influencers in the community, to raise awareness and educate community members to improve their knowledge around their health and rights.

In Zambia young people make up 70% of the population, meaning Zambia has the fifth youngest population in the world. There is a higher than average teenage pregnancy rate in the rural communities. Volunteers run peer education sessions with in school and out of school youth to increase awareness of the dangers of teenage pregnancy and making sure young people know how and where to access friendly sexual health services.

In Zimbabwe 52% of the population are under 24. This demographic are most at risk of contracting HIV as well as being most affected by high levels of unemployment. Volunteers work in communities to scale up livelihoods for vulnerable young people, as well as taking part in campaigning activities in these communities with a focus on raising awareness of HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health issues with the wider community

How it works

You’ll be part of a group of 10 to 30 international and national volunteers, living in groups of two to five people, either in the home of someone from the local community or in rented accommodation.

Placements run throughout the year.


 

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