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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

Destination countries

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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