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Thank you for your interest in ICS. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we will not be running Summer 2020 programmes. Please read the full COVID-19 statement.

In regard to future placement dates, the UK government is currently redesigning ICS.  We fully expect ICS to continue, the redesign is to ensure the programme continues to provide the best offer for young volunteers, the communities they serve, and the best value for the British taxpayer. 

Whilst the redesign is ongoing, the exact timing of future placements is unconfirmed. If you would like to be considered for future placements, the ICS website is open for applications and we will be contacting applicants with further information as this becomes available.

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Your application should take about 20 minutes to complete and you can save your progress and return to it - as long as this is within a 48 hour period.

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If you're a resident of one of the countries we operate in (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kenya, Nepal, Tanzania, Uganda or Zambia) please apply here instead.
You will be required to raise at least £800 with the help of our fundraising team in line with our fundraising and refunds policy  
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You can also apply:

  • Over the phone - on +44 (0)20 8780 7350 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am - 5pm)

  • Via our screen reader compatible Word version

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Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

ICS is led by VSO and funded by the UK Government.

VSO has zero tolerance of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. We expect all our employees/volunteers to ensure we protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm and abide by our safeguarding policy (PDF).

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Funded by the UK Government

ICS is funded by the UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID) which leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty.

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