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ICS quality principle: Shared working and learning

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ICS volunteer Dan Hensman playing his guitar to his fellow volunteers and host home family members

"Shared working and learning between young people from different countries is a critical aspect of the programme."

Through ICS, UK volunteers work alongside volunteers from the host country as equal partners.

Cross-cultural learning is a key aspect of the programme and is an area particularly valued by many ICS volunteers.

“I think a lot of people in the villages had a perception that Western organisations come in and give money, but through ICS we tackled the problems together because we were living and working alongside each other.”
Usman Khan
Progressio ICS, Malawi
Usman Khan

Our quality principles

Shared working and learning 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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