Whether you’re applying for jobs or considering alternatives to employment, volunteering overseas can give you the skills and experience to make you stand out from the crowd.
International Citizen Service is the UK’s only government-funded overseas volunteering programme. Here are five reasons why volunteering with us could benefit your career.
The more you know about the local culture, the more of an impact your team can make. You’ll be living with a host family in a local community, working with a team of volunteers from the UK and the country you’re in. You’ll leave with knowledge, understanding and a new perspective that will stay with you long after you return.
Creative problem solving
You’ll be faced with the kind of challenges where Googling won’t be an option. This is where the ICS training before your placement will come in handy. Even with the most careful preparation, your projects might not go to plan, so you’ll return to the UK with real examples to demonstrate your ability to respond creatively with limited resources and react quickly to unexpected situations.
Adapting to a new environment
You’ll be in an unfamiliar country, in surroundings more basic than you’re used to. You’ll make new relationships and probably eat food you’ve never eaten before. All while working on projects that make a difference to people’s lives. After doing ICS, walking into a new job will be a piece of cake.
Communicating with people at all levels
Fellow volunteers, your host family, programme staff, local children, business owners, maybe even a village chief. When English isn’t always an option you’ll be amazed what you can do with a few gestures and a smile.
Working in a diverse team
Our teams of volunteers are made up of young people from all backgrounds from across the UK, with an equal number of local volunteers. Every team dynamic is different, but they have one thing in common – working together to make a difference.
In a recent survey following their ICS placements, 100% of our UK volunteers said that ICS was useful for personal development, and 99% said it was useful for professional development.
To find out if ICS is right for you, see why you should volunteer today.