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ICS quality principle: Supported learning

ICS volunteers in Tanzania
ICS volunteers visit Upendo enterprise, a local garment making company in Lindi, Tanzania

"Volunteer learning is supported and encouraged through all parts of the journey."

ICS volunteers receive training before they start their work placement to support cross-cultural understanding and learning.

On-going guidance and mentoring on placement helps you to reflect on your experiences and learning and increases the skills and motivation you can utilise once your work placement finishes.

“Forming relationships with each of the 40 girls at the school, who didn’t speak the same language as me, will be something I will remember forever.

"I learned a lot about myself and my attitudes to other people. I gained confidence by completing tasks I would usually have been uncomfortable doing and purposefully throwing myself in at the deep-end.”
Kate Ixer
VSO ICS, India
Kate Ixer

Our quality principles

Supported 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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