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What happens after volunteering is just as important as what happens on placement. We're committed to empowering young people to contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and continue their journey as active citizens after their ICS placement.

We had a goal - to support our alumni to develop their own meaningful activities and build an active network of national ICS returned volunteers in the countries we work in across the world who are enthusiastic about the work of ICS.

So far, we've piloted our National Youth Engagement Networks (NYEN) in six countries - Tanzania, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Zambia and Ghana. We're scaling our work in Tanzania, Nepal and Bangladesh and now we're coming to the UK.

A NYEN Bangladesh member puts up a sticker advising women about a helpline for harassment
© Atika Shafa
A NYEN member puts up a sticker about a helpline for harassment

Stickered 500 buses to tackle harassment on public transport

In Dhaka, Bangladesh, public transport is a unpleasant – and often dangerous – experience, especially if you’re a woman or girl. Bangladeshi volunteer Atika Shafa, 21, is part of a team of 10 ICS volunteers trying to do something about it. Over four days, they put stickers on more than 500 public vehicles telling women about a government helpline to help them access justice for the harassment they face.

"Child marriage leaves a bad impact on society": See the campaign from NYEN Bangladesh
NYEN volunteers in Nepal at their celebration event
© NYEN / Himalayan Times
NYEN volunteers in Nepal at their celebration event

Brought together Nepali volunteers

Nepal's NYEN collective organised a celebration event to champion the work of 2,000 ICS volunteers in over 10 districts across the country. "We learnt that young people need three things to lead change. First, they need to be empowered. Second, they need to be supported. And third, they need a voice and a place at the decision making table," Kaajal Pradhan, Nepal Country Director at Restless Development told the Himalayan Times.

Are you a UK volunteer?

We're looking for alumni to help start our UK NYEN network. Interested?