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ICS quality principle: Personal development

Cathryn Tomnay
Cathryn Tomnay with team of volunteers prepare for their school training session with pupils as part of the ICS Raleigh SWASH (school water, sanitation and hygiene plan) project.

"Volunteers are suitably supported throughout the programme to ensure optimal personal development and effective placement outcomes." 

ICS takes personal development seriously – both for volunteers from the UK and from the countries where we work.

We know that on-going support by ICS staff and team leaders while you are overseas helps you achieve more on your work placement and gives you the chance to develop.

By stretching yourself and taking on new challenges you can gain confidence and experience.

“There’s very few cases where I think ICS wouldn’t be a good thing for young people.

"I was in a dead end job and wanted to try some volunteering and give something back. My whole experience has really given me a new perspective and motivation for work. I’m now back in college doing science AS levels.
Jack Rayner
Restless Development ICS, India
Jack Rayner

Our quality principles

Personal development 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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    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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