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Opportunity of a lifetime

International Citizen Service (ICS) supports projects in 8 countries across Africa and Asia.

Funded by the UK government ICS offers young volunteers, aged 18-25, the chance to volunteer overseas on placements of 10-12 weeks. Join us. 

Volunteers in Nicaragua support hygiene projects in a local community
© ICS / Raleigh / Susie Pearce
Volunteers in Nicaragua support a water and sanitation project

What is included?

ICS covers the cost of:

  • Flights
  • Travel
  • Food and accommodation 
  • Structured training and support
  • Visas
  • Medical insurance
  • Medication
  • Vaccines
"ICS has been one of the best things I've ever done. Anyone with a sense of adventure should apply."
Izak Lees
Volunteered in Tanzania
Izak volunteered in Tanzania
© Ben Rutherford

Funded by the UK government

The UK government believes in the positive impact of young people and wants to offer them an opportunity to change their lives and the lives of others.

Although ICS covers the cost of your placement overseas, you will be expected to fundraise a minimum of £800 to show your commitment to the programme. But don't worry, a dedicated team will support you throughout.

ICS - not just another volunteering programme!

What's the catch?

ICS isn't a holiday. It's demanding but hugely rewarding.

It's a great opportunity for personal development, a stepping stone to future careers and a chance to make your world a better place.

Volunteer Brandon playing football with local children, Ziguinchor, Senegal,
© Javier Acebal
Volunteer Brandon playing football with local children, Ziguinchor, Senegal.

Make a difference

Our programmes are designed with young volunteers in mind. Young people bring energy, creativity and they’re uniquely positioned to better reach other young people.

By joining ICS you will be able to make a meaningful contribution towards reducing global poverty.

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Funded by the UK Government.

ICS is funded by the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), which projects the UK as a force for good in the world, including reducing poverty and tackling global challenges.

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