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Applying for ICS

When to apply

We recommend you apply six months before you wish to go overseas - but if that's not possible, at least three months before. This gives you enough time to fundraise, get all your necessary vaccinations, go to training and generally get ready for your overseas placement.

Summer placements

If you are looking to go overseas during the summer, these placements are the most popular due to university and college holidays falling in this period. If this is the only time you can go, then get your application in as soon as possible.

Applying at 17

You can apply for ICS when you're 17, but we won't take your application forward until you turn 18. If you are 25, you can apply if you will still be 25 when you get on a plane to go overseas. You can also apply to be a Team Leader, you need to be 23-35 years old.

Ready to apply?

Volunteers from the UK and those from project countries have a different application process. 

If you have read through the volunteer journey and understand what is involved in becoming an ICS volunteer, follow the the link that applies to you below to begin your application.

If you have any questions, we're here to help. Contact us


Once in a lifetime experience

ICS aims to provide a life-enhancing opportunity to as many people as possible. If you have already volunteered, you are not eligible to apply again. However, returned ICS volunteers with leadership and motivational skills can apply for Team Leader roles using the standard application form.

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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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