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Meeting your needs

Our commitment

At ICS we are committed to delivering a diverse and inclusive programme and will make reasonable adjustments throughout the journey to ensure that all volunteers have a positive experience of international volunteering.

As a matter of principle, no volunteer will be excluded from accessing the programme due to cost.

A better experience for everyone

We value the variety of skills and knowledge that a diverse team brings, and we believe that when diverse groups of people work together they can make a greater impact.

Health concerns

You will need to complete a health questionnaire and be medically cleared by an appointed medical professional before going away.

Placements are generally in rural areas of developing countries where local facilities may be very basic. Some health conditions may be less suitable for certain placement locations. As long as you are medically cleared, all information you provide will help us decide on the best placement location for you. It’s really important that you are open and honest about any health issues you have, or have had in the past.

Staying healthy

ICS placements usually take place in remote locations, which can be physically and emotionally challenging. Once you are medically cleared for a placement, all volunteers will need to attend a health briefing. Here, you will learn more about staying healthy, pre-departure vaccinations, taking antimalarials if necessary, as well as lots more tips to stay feeling your best while you’re away. The dedicated medical team will be able to provide advice and support for any health concerns that may arise befire or during your placement.

What if I have an ongoing medical condition?

It’s very important to remember that medical facilities on placement are likely to be basic and/or located a long journey away. As you will be living in a different environment which can take time to adjust to, physical and mental health conditions that are easy to manage in the UK can become more serious if they are triggered while you are on placement. The safety and security of our volunteers is our priority and therefore is it important that we are aware of any treatment you are currently having for any physical or mental health conditions. If you have an ongoing medical condition and you are not sure whether it is the right time to apply for ICS, you can get in touch with us at medical@vsoint.org to discuss.

Will an impairment or disability rule me out?

At ICS we embrace diversity and are committed to ensuring our programme is inclusive and supportive to allow everyone to have the best possible experience. We will make reasonable adjustments throughout the journey to ensure that all our volunteers can access, participate and contribute to the programme. Due to the environments we work in, some of our placements may be less accessible than others, but we are committed to working alongside you to increase access where we can.

If you have an impairment, disability, learning difference or other support requirement, please tell us as much as you can about your specific needs in the relevant section of the application form. One of our team will get in touch to discuss this with you before the assessment day.

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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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