International Service is a human rights development charity. We believe that all people have the right to be treated fairly and fully involved in all aspects of society.
Since 1958, we’ve empowered women, children and young people, and people with disabilities to access these rights in developing countries across the world.
To do this, we invest in people. We work with local organisations to increase the impact of their work, and empower them to advocate for positive and sustainable change.
What you’ll do
Our projects vary because we respond to the needs of the local community. All of our projects are a mixture of hands-on activities (like workshops and training sessions) and office-based activities (such as carrying out research or developing training resources).
Our projects focus on women, children and young people, and people with disabilities. Our volunteers:
- Advocate for the rights of people with disabilities in the local media; deliver inclusive sports sessions; and organise events to enable disabled craftspeople to sell their work
- Train people in inclusive sports: on our new REACT project launching in Ghana in 2018, volunteers will be getting local people - disabled or non-disabled - to learn the Paralympic sport of goalball
- Run business skills sessions for craftswomen; deliver training on malaria prevention; and research new areas of business
- Train young people as sexual health peer educators and educate communities to help keep girls in school
"Bolgatanga women have not been left out of this global change. Our work as ICS volunteers has given these women an enabling environment to thrive in society."
How does it work?
International Service ICS volunteers go on 12 week placements. You’ll work as part of a team of 10 to 16 UK and in-country volunteers and live with a host family, who will help you integrate with the community.
At every step of your ICS journey, International Service staff will offer you support and guidance.
If you’re 23 to 35 years old and have experience of leading and motivating young people then you could become a Team Leader.
You'll have the unique opportunity to spend six months in-country. As well gaining experience working with two teams of ICS volunteers, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the host culture, language and experience.
We especially welcome Team Leaders with French language skills, although this isn’t a requirement.
When can I go?
International Service ICS placements depart multiple times throughout the year.
Volunteer placements (10-12 weeks)
Burkina Faso: 3rd April - 12th June
Ghana: 3rd April - 12th June
Rwanda: 30th April - 8th July
Malawi: 30th April - 8th July
REACT Ghana: 3rd April - 29th May
Team Leader placements (6 months)
Burkina Faso: 35th January - 15th June
Ghana: 3rd January - 13th June
Rwanda: 6th February - 11th July
Malawi: 6th February - 11th July
REACT Ghana: 28th March - 5th June
Volunteers should be available for a few days either side of the dates above.
If you’re ready for the challenge, fill in the online application form and select International Service from the list of agencies you want to volunteer with.
If you'd like to find out more before you apply you can call us on +44 (0)20 8780 7400 or click here to find out more about the next steps.