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  • Volunteer Joanne cycles to Land's End

    Volunteer Joanna Maskens decided to take on a massive sponsored challenge as a part of her fundraising - cycling from Broadstairs to Land's End. camping as she went. That’s over 400 miles! We’re pretty sure none…

  • Lessons I learned through my fundraising

    Getting started with your fundraising can seem daunting. It did for Raleigh volunteer Louise Hunnisett. But, where there is a will there is a way and once Louise got started she was amazed how quickly she met her…

  • Getting physical

     International Service ICS Team Leader Jonny Snowden also felt initially worried about fundraising but decided to launch into several physical challenges, turning his passion (keeping fit) into a fundraising…

  • Fitting in your fundraising

    Summer is supposed to be a time when we kick back and relax, but we know that it can be the busiest time of year for our ICS volunteers with exams, work, weddings, holidays and of course fundraising.

  • Organising is a journey, not a destination

    With a new season comes a new group of volunteers kicking of their ICS journey with some great fundraising! This week’s fundraising blog is all about getting started and getting stuck in!

    The cake sale

  • Down to business in Kenya

    Balloon ICS volunteer Jamie is in Kenya working with local entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Here he talks about the first two weeks of the programme and what his team plans to do next.

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    Cookies are small text files stored on your computer, created by web sites to improve functionality (such as remembering your preferred language), ease of use (remembering that you have logged in for the…

  • Fundraising: A juggling act

    Having to juggle various commitments is an unavoidable part of a fundraiser’s life!

    You’re all probably experiencing this to a certain degree and learning in the process how to prioritise, how to manage…

  • Your ICS Team Leader application is complete

    Your ICS Team Leader application is complete

    Thank you for applying to be an ICS Team Leader! Your ICS journey starts here.

    What happens next?

    We will be in touch within the next two weeks to get a bit more…

  • Fundraising FAQs

    Frequently asked questions:

    Why is there a deadline?

    It’s really important that we receive the funds in advance of you going on placement, so we will set you a deadline to make sure all funds are…

  • Fundraising Do's and Don'ts

    Here is a handy overview to help with your fundraising

    DO set up a Justgiving page as soon as you are selected. Your initial email has a guide to setting up your page, so check it out. DO have a plan!…
  • Network mapping

    We love this activity. It can really help you identify all the different networks you might be able to access.

    If you need support doing this then just give your Fundraising Support Officer a call.

  • Setting up a JustGiving page

    To set up your page, just follow your charity link below, and go through our step-by-step guide.

    Balloon Ventures Challenges Worldwide International Service Raleigh International Restless Development Tearfund VSO Y…
  • A to Z of fundraising

    26 amazing fundraising tips from the expert team at ICS.

  • Fundraising plan

    It is important to have a plan and stick to it. Leave plenty of time and enjoy yourself.

    Here is a suggested plan for fundraising success:

  • Fundraising guide

    We recommend you put together a fundraising plan of action as soon as possible.

    Plan four or five different fundraising activities if your target is £800 and six or seven if it’s £1500.

    Each…

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  • French and Spanish speakers

    Javier Acebal…
  • Speaking the language - Lydia's experience in Senegal

    Lydia Hodgins, 24, in Senegal…
  • Challenges and triumphs in India - Jamie's story

    22 year old Jamie from Merthyr Tydfil, Wales had never considered volunteering before. Then a stay in hospital gave him time to reflect on his life and what he wanted to do. Bored of his 9-5 job, an advert he saw…

  • ICV alumi grant FAQs

    What is an ICV?

    An ICV is an in-country volunteer. On the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme, young people from the UK work alongside counterpart volunteers overseas (‘in-country’). You are an ICV if you completed an…

  • ICV Alumni Grant

    Apply for a grant to support your community

    If you have an idea that will support your community, but need a little financial help - we want to hear from you.

    The grant can be used to support a variety of activities…

  • Volunteer development

    Volunteer personal development is a key part of ICS.

    Alongside making a difference overseas, we work to build and develop our volunteers. 

    Volunteers benefit from comprehensive training as part of…

  • Making a difference

    ICS is not like other overseas volunteering programmes.

    ICS is run by respected development organisations and funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID).

    We don'…

  • Registration of interest - ICV Alumni Grant

    Please fill in the fields below to register your interest in applying for the grant.

    To be eligible for the grant you must be an in-country (non-UK) volunteer who has completed their volunteer placement and Action at Home.…

  • Other ways to apply

    If you’d prefer not to apply online or if you would like the application form in a different format, such as larger text, specific fonts or a printed copy, please contact us. We’re happy to provide the ICS application form in a…

  • Nigeria

    With a population of about 173 million people, Nigeria is the largest country in Africa, making up almost half of West Africa’s population.

    Now an elected leadership, Nigeria's economy is booming but…

  • Action at Home

    Your ICS journey doesn’t suddenly stop when you complete your placement overseas.

    You’ll doubtless be inspired by your experiences and motivated to act on the issues you care about. We’ll encourage you to…

  • Disclaimer

    While ICS makes every effort to ensure that information on this site in relation to ICS and its activities is accurate and up-to-date, it does not accept any legal responsibility for any omissions or errors on the site unless due…

  • What happens next

    Thank you for completing the additional form. You’re one step closer to becoming an ICS volunteer!

    We may give you a call to check a few details with you, otherwise you will get an email from us when we have matched you up…

  • Your ICS application is complete

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  • Training

    ICS is about creating change. Not just for communities, but for volunteers too.

    To make the greatest impact, all our volunteers will receive comprehensive training and support before they head overseas as…

  • Volunteer travel

    We will arrange and pay for your travel – including travel to selection day, training and all overseas travel.

    Travel to selection days and training

    When we receive your application you will be assigned…

  • Fit to volunteer

    Volunteer safety and security is our first priority.

    All our volunteers have medical insurance, pre-departure vaccinations and antimalarials (if required), all necessary medication and access to medical…

  • Sierra Leone

    The Ebola crisis that began in 2014 forced businesses to close and essential services to be stretched and suspended

  • Senegal

    Over 60% of Senegal’s working poor live on less than $2 a day.

    ICS volunteers work to improve income opportunities for young people, focussing on communities who have been affected by Senegal’s turbulent…

  • Tanzania

    84.4% of Tanzania's working poor live on US$2 or less a day.

    ICS run numerous projects in Tanzania addressing a number of issues. These include supporting people to access a regular source of income,…

  • Meet the two Zimbabweans proving music production is more about talent than kit

    Restless Development ICS volunteer Rebecca Corbett spent her placement in Ushewekunze, a community just outside the Zimbabwean capital of Harare. Here, she tells the story of George and Arthur, two emerging…

  • Zimbabwe

    Volunteers in Zimbabwe work to support young people on issues affectinghealth and wellbeing

    Volunteers in Zimbabwe are based in either Harare or Chimaninani district.

  • Togo

    Togo relies heavily on agriculture with cocoa, coffee, and cotton making up to 40% of the nation’s earnings. Although it is one of the smallest countries in Africa, Togo is a paradise for eco-tourism with 17% of the land covered…

  • This Ugandan female entrepreneur is helping women escape abusive relationships

    “We are one family even though we all come from different areas of Uganda,” says Nellie Ssali, a Ugandan businesswoman with a mission – to lift fellow women out of abusive relationships and empower them to make…

  • Uganda

    Distancing itself from its troubled past, Uganda has gained recognition in recent years for its tough stance in tackling HIV and AIDS across the country. 

    ICS volunteers support Uganda’s growth through …

  • Meet the Zambian honey makers giving away 50,000 beehives

    BeeSweet isn’t your average social enterprise. This Zambian business has set itself an impressive target – to give away 50,000 beehives to local farmers, who can then support their families and communities by…

  • Reducing teen pregnancy in Zambia

    Any conversation with young people about safe sex, anywhere in the world, is likely to feature a group of sniggering boys asking you what the best positions are. That’s according to Sarah Meath, an ICS volunteer…

  • Zambia

    Zambia is one of the fastest growing countries on the continent, the UN predicts its population of 13 million will triple by 2050.

  • My experience volunteering in Nicaragua

    26-year-old Bryony Sims from Bristol is a Raleigh ICS volunteer team leader on placement in the communities of El Jobo and Mango Solo in Northern Nicaragua, where volunteers mentor local entrepreneurs. By sharing…

  • Nicaragua

    No words could justify how special it is to become a part of your host family´s unit. You get the true cultural experience and get to know a completely different way of life that is rich with sustainability and harmony…
  • Chutneys and challenges!

    Happy Friday! Before the weekend starts, take a seat and listen to the wise words of two wonderful ICS volunteers who cooked and climbed their way to the top!

    Restless Development ICS volunteer, Cheree Vaan Jaarsveld …

  • Volunteers repair community well supplying 500 people with clean water

    Three cycles of volunteers working in the same community teamed up to raise money and help repair a community well, enabling up to 500 local residents access clean water. 

    Bernice is a young woman from Owuram in Ghana.…

  • Without sight, with hindsight: Mahomed’s ICS experience as a blind volunteer in Zambia

    At 16, Mahomed lost his sight from retinal detachments in both his eyes. He was forced to quickly learn to cope with a life without vision – and all the challenges that suddenly came with it.

    Now 26, ten years later, he’s…