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ICS takes a different approach to international volunteering. By bringing together young people from the UK to work side-by-side with young people from developing countries, we believe change lies in the hands of young people.

Funded by the UK government and led by respected development organisation VSO in partnership with a consortium of agencies, ICS has been supporting young people to make change since the programme's launch in 2011.

Since then, ICS has created a global community of almost 40,000 active citizens and a lasting legacy of youth-driven change.

What we achieved in 2019

Last year, ICS teams supported communities to earn a decent living, gain access to health services and information, increase education opportunities that are inclusive to all, and understand their rights as citizens.

Over three quarters of ICS volunteers said they gained personal development from their placement, and 80% were in further education, employment or training after finishing.

Read our annual report (PDF) to discover the highlights of ICS in 2019.

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ICS Annual Report 2019 (PDF)

Thematic overview of the year


  • 1,763 volunteers
  • 88 teams
  • 6 countries

Livelihoods projects aim to increase the economic opportunities and self-sufficiency of communities, particularly disadvantaged groups.

ICS volunteers have facilitated the skills development of women and youth to help set up small businesses, and supported young people in accessing employment opportunities.

ICS volunteers visiting Upendo enterprise
© Andrew Aitchison
ICS volunteers visiting Upendo enterprise, a local garment making company, part of the VSO / ICS Elimu Fursa project (Opportunities in Education) Lindi, Tanzania.


  • 430 volunteers
  • 20 teams
  • 4 countries

Education projects aim to improve access to education among disadvantaged groups in rural communities.

ICS volunteers have supported the retention of school-aged children through extracurricular activities, and raised awareness of the rights of education access for children with disabilities.


  • 445 volunteers
  • 26 teams
  • 3 countries

Health projects focus on improving access and awareness of health rights and services and promoting healthy practices among communities.

ICS volunteers have highlighted the importance of good sanitation and hygiene practices, and raised awareness of young people’s sexual health rights and services.

Civic participation

  • 249 volunteers
  • 13 teams
  • 3 countries

Civic participation projects amplify the voices of marginalised groups in society, and build awareness of people’s rights and their capacity to exercise control over decisions and resources.

ICS volunteers have raised awareness of the rights of people living with disabilities, and energized community participation in local decision making.

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Funded by the UK Government.

ICS is funded by the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), which projects the UK as a force for good in the world, including reducing poverty and tackling global challenges.

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