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 in Nepal and Uganda, and as an ICS volunteer you could spend 10-12 weeks in one of these 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.
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.
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.
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 learn more about the next steps in your volunteer journey.