International volunteering for 18-25 year olds
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What is ICS?

International Citizen Service (ICS) is a once-in-a-lifetime, UK government-funded programme providing volunteer placements to 18-25 year olds and Team Leader placements to 23-35 year olds.

It's a development programme that brings together young people from the UK and developing countries to volunteer in some of the poorest communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

UK volunteers work side-by-side with local volunteers in developing countries, staying with host families in the local community.

ICS isn't a holiday. It's demanding but hugely rewarding. It's a great opportunity for personal development, a stepping stone to future careers and a chance to make your world a better place.

The programme is led by VSO in partnership with a hand-picked group of respected development organisations. They each offer structured support and training to help and guide you before, during and after your overseas placement.

You don’t need cash, skills or qualifications to apply for ICS – just the ambition to make a difference.

NCS graduates are guaranteed an invite to an assessment day, subject to eligibility and availability.

What you need to know:
  • 18-25 year olds can volunteer
  • 23-35 year olds can be Team Leaders
  • UK Government funded
  • Placements in Africa, Asia and Latin America
  • Working with local volunteers and communities
  • Staying in host homes
  • No qualifications required