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International Service ICS

UK volunteers like Frankie are paired up with national volunteers to work together on human rights projects
© ICS / International Service / Andrew Aitchison
As a UK volunteer like Frankie, you'll be paired up with national volunteers to work together on human rights projects in one of four countries

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.

    Volunteers Abubakari and Katie speak to teenagers about changes the body goes through during puberty
    © ICS / International Service / Katie Barraclough
    Volunteers Abubakari and Katie speak to teenagers about changes the body goes through during puberty

    Destination countries

    With International Service ICS you could volunteer in:

    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 disabilitiesOur 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
    • 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
    As part of your placement, you could be training young people up as sexual health peer educators
    © ICS / International Service / Andrew Aitchison
    As part of your placement, you could be training young people up as sexual health peer educators
    "This is what I call a revolution. Women are no longer seen as the largest vulnerable group but given the opportunity to reach their maximum potential. 

    "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."

    Kweku Essilfie Ferguson
    Volunteer, Bolgatanga, Ghana, 2016
    Kweku Essilfie Ferguson

    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.

    Apply now

    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.

    Are you ready to apply?