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Applying for ICS

Is ICS right for you?

Before you apply you should ensure that volunteering with ICS is right for you. We strongly recommend you read through the 'how it works' section. This will give you all the information you need, including the requirements needed to apply and the commitments you will be expected to make.

You can read more about the eligibility requirements and see the answers to some frequently asked questions below:

The application process

There are three parts of your application and assessment process.

The first is to complete this application form. Once this is sent, we will get in touch with you to discuss your options including which of our partners you might like to go overseas with.

After this you will be invited to attend an assessment day which is made up of group activities

If you are selected on your assessment day, you will need to be medically cleared

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 aged 23-35 years old for this role.

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'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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