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ICS quality principle: Community integration

auzia Musah, Claire Toland, Aunt Mina in Ghana

"All ICS volunteers must become an integral part of the community while they are on placement."

As an ICS volunteer you live in the community where you are working and become an active member of that community.

Depending on your project, that might mean living with a host family, joining local Church celebrations, and attending community events and meetings. You'll get to know your neighbours and find out how to work together. 

“My host family had a huge impact on my time overseas, and still do today. It really was like having another family...I’m still in touch with them and even manage to confuse my mum when I talk about ‘my mum’ in Zambia!”
Oliver Day
VSO ICS, Zambia
Oliver Day

Our quality principles

Community integration is one of the seven ICS quality principles. These principles ensure all our different projects, partners and volunteers bring about positive change.

The other principles are:

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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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