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Restless Development ICS

Restless Development is the youth-led development agency.

Our mission is to place young people at the forefront of change and development. Our strength comes from being led by young people, from the boardroom right through to the field.

Since 1985, our programmes have reached over 7 million young people. We work full-time across Africa and South Asia in seven countries. As an ICS volunteer you could spend 10-12 weeks in one of these countries.

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In Zambia, young people make up 70% of the population. ICS volunteers there deliver sexual health sessions
© ICS / Restless Development / Elina Eriksson
In Zambia, young people make up 70% of the population. ICS volunteers there deliver sexual health sessions

Each ICS programme is designed by our county programme staff, with input from volunteers in each placement, and is based on the needs of the local community. Your placement will make a substantial contribution to that country's set goals, while also helping us to achieve our ambitious global strategy.

Rally against human trafficking organised by ICS volunteers in Sindhuli, Nepal. Around three in five girls get married before reaching 18
© ICS / Restless Development / Suraj Ratna Shakya
Rally against human trafficking organised by ICS volunteers in Sindhuli, Nepal. Around three in five girls get married before reaching 18

India

In India more than 235 million people are 15-25. Volunteers work to increase knowledge of diverse livelihood options and awareness of diseases such as malaria through community events and campaigns.

Volunteers Ali and Suzie raising awareness of HIV prevention during a community action day
© ICS / Restless Development / Justin Barlow
Volunteers Ali and Suzie raising awareness of HIV prevention during a community action day in Mandileni, South Africa

Nepal 

58% of the population in Nepal is under 25. Around 60% of girls get married before reaching 18 and among a quarter of them become mothers. It is common in rural areas for girls to be out of education and unaware of their rights. We reach out to young people both in and out of schools to raise increase knowledge of girls rights and the implications of early marriage and pregnancy.

ICS volunteers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, organised a careers fair for 400 university students to help them develop their CVs and look for employment
© ICS / Restless Development / Becky Mursell
ICS volunteers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, organised a careers fair for 400 university students to help them develop their CVs and look for work

South Africa 

Young people make up 42% of South Africa's population. We operate from the Eastern Cape, one of the poorest provinces in South Africa. Volunteers run sessions on careers and life skills workshops, safe sexual and reproductive health and rights practices, and awareness-raising sessions on livelihood opportunities and support available to them.

ICS volunteers in Uganda run an interactive session for primary school pupils to help them understand puberty and sexual health
© ICS / Restless Development / Remi Bumstead
ICS volunteers in Uganda run an interactive session for primary school pupils to help them understand puberty and sexual health

Tanzania 

Two thirds of Tanzania is aged under 25. There are currently 900,000 young people entering the job market every year, with only 4% successfully completing secondary level education. Restless Development volunteers identify, build and strengthen informal out of school groups of young people, especially vulnerable girls who are often excluded from enterprise development.

In Zambia, rural communities often have a higher than average teen pregnancy rate. Zambia has the fifth youngest population in the world
© ICS / Restless Development / Elina Eriksson
In Zambia, rural communities often have a higher than average teen pregnancy rate. Zambia has the fifth youngest population in the world

Uganda

Young people make up over 70% of the population. There is an increasing prevalence of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, particularly in the areas we work in. We reach in school and out of school youth as well as influencers in the community to raise awareness and educate community members to improve their knowledge around their health and rights.

A leader of a community meeting in Bulilimamangwe District, Zimbabwe. Working with the support of the community is crucial to project success
© ICS / Restless Development / Vicky Smith
A leader of a community meeting in Bulilimamangwe District, Zimbabwe. Working with the support of the community is crucial to project success

Zambia 

Young people make up 70% of the population, meaning Zambia has the fifth youngest population in the world. There is a higher than average teenage pregnancy rate in rural communities. Volunteers run peer education sessions with in school and out of school youth to increase awareness of the dangers of teenage pregnancy and making sure young people know how and where to access friendly sexual health services.

Zimbabwe 

52% of the population are under 24. This demographic are most at risk of contracting HIV as well as being most affected by high levels of unemployment. Volunteers work in communities to scale up livelihoods for vulnerable young people, as well as taking part in campaigning activities in these communities with a focus on raising awareness of HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health issues with the wider community.

How it works

You’ll be part of a group of 10 to 30 international and national volunteers, living in groups of two to five people in the home of someone from the local community.

Placements run throughout the year.

Apply now

If you’re ready for the challenge, fill in the online application form and select Restless Development 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.

Tsirie worked with ICS volunteers in her hometown. She shares her experience of tackling HIV
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