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  • Top Tips from a Top Fundraiser

    ICS volunteer April Quigley absolutely smashed her £800 fundraising target to raise a whopping £1245 before her placement with Raleigh in Nepal. Check out how she did it and her top tips to help you reach your own goal.…

  • ICS Celebration and Engagement Event

    Find your local event
    June - August 2018

    In the last year, we supported our 30,000th volunteers on their ICS journeys, witnessed truly inspiring active citizenship and saw countless amazing examples of development in…

  • In conversation: Youth Adviser Takyiwa talks lifelong volunteering

    In 2017, VSO’s International Board recruited two Youth Advisers, young returned ICS volunteers with personal experience of VSO’s programming – Takyiwa Danso, 25 from the UK, and Felix Owino, 26, from Kenya – both…

  • Here’s what happened when we played Ghana’s national goalball team

    The first thing you need to know about goalball is that it's not just for the visually impaired.

    What is goalball?

    It’s a team sport in which a ball containing a bell is thrown at the opposing team’s…

  • How to maximise social media for your ICS fundraising

    So you’ve created your JustGiving page, and now it’s time to share it... But wait, you’re feeling shy? Cheeky? Embarrassed? Nervous?

    It's natural to feel this if you’ve never fundraised before, but this 5 step guide will…

  • I learnt to be a leader. You can too.

    I’ve been thinking a lot recently about my experience as an ICS team leader and how it’s shaped who I’ve gone on to become. I’ve been a confident person for as long as I can remember – but I wouldn’t say being in a leadership role…

  • My 12 weeks in Cambodia

    I spent 12 weeks volunteering in Cambodia this year. Here’s a glimpse from my time there in photos.

  • Using apps to fill the gaps: bringing education to Rohingya refugees

    For almost 700,000 refugees, Cox’s Bazar in eastern Bangladesh is all they have to call home. For those arriving – with more than half being children – lasting trauma and a lack of education continues to define…

  • How do I hit my ICS Fundraising target? Here's how Lydia did it!

    Fundraising can be a daunting experience (we hear ya!). But, we’re lucky over at ICS HQ because we get to hear stories of inspirational volunteers achieving the one thing they thought they couldn’t and hitting (or often exceeding)…

  • Raise your voice to a global audience on disability and aid

    On July 24, 2018, The UK Department for International Development and the Government of Kenya will jointly host the first-ever Global Disability Summit in London.

    ICS will be there ensuring that young…

  • ICS Celebration and Engagement Event

    Register to attend ICS Celebration Event
    Sunday 12 August 2018

    On Sunday 12 August 2018, we’ll bring together hundreds of ICS volunteers across the UK to celebrate the programme’s incredible achievements so far.

    The…

  • What’s the Commonwealth got in common?

    More than a quarter of the world’s countries belong to the Commonwealth.

    It’s a diverse network that spans the global north and south. It’s a unique platform that can influence decisions affecting a huge…

  • I want to be free and I want to be feminist

    I live in Uganda. As a woman here, 60% of us have experienced violence in our lifetime. One in five of us have suffered physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner in the last year. And one in four in…

  • Fundraising during Exams

    It’s that time of year again! A year of skipping lectures to have a lovely lie in and putting off essays to the last minute comes back to bite. EXAMS!! But, fear not! With a little careful planning and creativity there’s no reason…

  • Wrong place, right time

    At 18, Keah Mcilwain was volunteering with ICS in Nepal when the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the remote village of Sotipasal, in the central district of Lamjung. Keah and her fellow volunteers…

  • Register for Global Citizen Tickets

    Sign up below to register for tickets Global Citizen Live on 17 April at the 02 Academy Brixton in London.

    Tickets are allocated on a first come first serve basis. 

     

    Thanks for your interest. Unfortunately all…
  • ‘Development is about hearing everyone’s ideas’: Evelyn’s story

    Before I volunteered with VSO ICS in 2015, I was completely lost.

    I had no sense of direction, no focus, and the future for me was blurred. Although I’d graduated from university, I didn’t know where to…

  • ICS photography guidance

    Your story is more likely to be published in your local media if you provide up to three images with your press release, in which you can be clearly seen. 

    Please upload your photos to Imgur or a similar…

  • What I learned at WOW this year

    Every year the WOW Festival at London’s Southbank brings together some of the world’s most inspiring women to take a closer look at the issues affecting women globally and celebrate the leaps being made to tackle…

  • Water is life: I gave my village access to clean water for the first time

    © Bright Bosu-Tekpor Bright installed a well in his local community to ensure they have access to…
  • To pee or not to pee: My viral water-saving campaign to wee in the shower

    VSO ICS alumni Deborah Torr, 24, never expected the light-hearted water saving campaign she started while at university to attract so much international media attention.

  • Register for Global Citizen Live

    Sign up below to register for tickets Global Citizen Live on 17th April at the 02 Academy Brixton in London.

    Tickets are allocated on a first come first serve basis. 

  • Thanks for registering your place

    Thanks for registering your place for the ICS Celebration Event on 12 Aug in Birmingham.

    We'll be announcing more details by email over the next month as our youth steering group decide the details.…

  • Are you up for the (sponsored) challenge?

    So this is it. You’ve got your ICS place, you smashed the assessment day and even managed to get your vaccinations without too much of a fuss. You feel invincible!

    Then you take a look at your Just Giving page and it’s not…

  • I’m part of the 1%. Here’s why we need to change that

    When you think of a board of trustees, what image comes to mind? A middle-aged white man?

    Well, that’s grounded in some truth. A 2017 study looking at charity trusteeships in the UK found that of 3,500…

  • I started West Africa's first board game convention

    When Nigerian ICS volunteer Kenechukwu 'KC' Ogbuagu, 25, started West Africa’s first board game convention back in 2016, he knew he was onto something big. Two years and his first crowdfunded event later and he’s…

  • ‘I realised my real passion is helping refugees’

    © ICS / VSO / Peter Caton Volunteer Samira's found her calling in supporting the voiceless…
  • Contact your agency

    Returning volunteers can get support from their sending agency. If you need to re-connect with your sending agency you can find contact details below:

    Balloon Ventures:

    Balloon Ventures contact page

    Email: info@…

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  • Raising awareness

    While on ICS you’ll have found yourself getting passionate about causes that matter to you. It’s important that when you get home this passion doesn’t stop.

    Raising awareness about international, national and local issues…

  • Fundraising for your Action At Home

    So you’re back home after your placement and raring to go! Well, fundraising is one of the best ways to support a charity you care about. And there’s no doubt you can do it – you’ve already fundraised for your…

  • Start your own social enterprise

    Are you a budding entrepreneur? Do you want to change the world for the better? Why not start a social enterprise.

    Social enterprises tackle social and environmental issues with commercial strategies –…

  • Volunteering after your placement

    As you’ll know from your own placement, volunteering is a great way to work directly with those affected by local issues. It’s really rewarding to make a difference to the lives of those in your home community as…

  • Engaging with the media

    Engaging with the media is a great way to share your ICS story, raise awareness about development issues and increase support for positive development.

    Telling your own personal ICS story is one of the…

  • People in Polaroids: Here’s what I’ll take home from ICS

    Rebecca Pearce spent three months volunteering in Tanzania with Raleigh International. While she was there, she used her love for photography to capture moments in her host home and her project, leaving them…

  • Parliamentary activity and lobbying

    With so much political upheaval at the minute, countries are looking inward to focus on domestic concerns, and so there’s less interest in global issues like poverty. It’s important to get international…

  • Campaigning

    Campaigning is all about creating change, and can be one of the most effective ways to achieve your aims. It can give a voice to those without one, or bring people together to rally behind a particular cause.…

  • Be Our Voluntine

    So as some/most/all of you will be aware, the biggest holiday cash-cow is fast approaching, and we want you to have a slice of the takings. That is right, Valentine’s Day is happening on Wednesday February 14th. Here are a few…

  • Nine pictures that prove ICS will change your life.

    Every single ICS placement is different. Whether its because it’s based in a new setting, that you will meet new people, or work on different projects that will challenge you. But the one that’s for sure – is…

  • Skills development: Making ICS fundraising stand out on your CV

    Selling cakes, car boot sales, dinner parties and bucket collections. Whatever the idea, whatever the season, ICS volunteers are engaged in fundraising. Have you ever stopped and asked yourself why you fundraise and what you really…

  • I got empowered. Then I just didn't stop

    For Paul Asiawon, 24, ICS taught him to see disability in a different way. After spending his International Service ICS placement supporting other people with disabilities to fully engage with the community, he’s…

  • Meet the four volunteers tackling poverty through social enterprise

    Money makes the world go round. With entrepreneurship making up one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, doing business responsibly is key to creating lasting change.

    For Matthew, Jennifer, Luis and…

  • What do ICS volunteers get up to on placement? A photo blog

    We followed a group of ICS volunteers on their placement in Ashanti, Ghana. Here is some of the things they they got up to...

    Supporting the community

    All volunteers on placement work to  support a local…

  • I’m Kenyan. I didn’t realise poverty existed in the UK

    When Kenyan VSO ICS volunteer Felix Owino, 26, visited London last month as part of his new role as Youth Advisor to the VSO Board, he saw something he wasn’t expecting to see.

    People with no home, living…

  • Our resolutions: here's what the ICS team across the world are pledging

    Welcome to 2018. 

    Do you have any New Year resolutions?

    Maybe you’ve resolved to do something to tackle a global problem like climate change, or something to improve your local…

  • New Year, new you! Using your resolutions to fundraise

    Can’t keep your new year’s resolution? Use your Fundraising Support Team’s new year’s resolutions to keep your fundraising on track!

  • Returning as a Team Leader: Nkululeko's story

    Having volunteered with Tearfund ICS once, Mtambo returned as an ICS Team Leader in the summer of 2015. He led a team of UK and South African volunteers in the township of Chesterville, near Durban. The…

  • “I can’t wait to celebrate Christmas with my new family” Charlotte’s story

    22-year-old Charlotte Curry from Langport, Somerset will be having a rather different Christmas dinner this year – swapping her sister’s thai curry for a traditional Nepalese meal while on her VSO ICS placement…

  • “I just feel so lucky to be here.” Kathryn’s Story

    18-year-old Kathryn Cook from Cambridgeshire is a VSO ICS volunteer based in Jatan, India. The placement is working towards female and youth empowerment, and to improving the government-run nurseries. Kathryn…