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  • What’s next after working on NCS?

    International Citizen Service (ICS) is an overseas volunteering programme for 18-25 year olds.

    Funded by the UK government's and run by respected international development organisations, ICS delivers real…

  • From making money to making a difference

    We spoke to Aly-Khan Rajan, who completed ICS with Raleigh in February 2015, and returned as a Team Leader later that same year. Aly is passionate about the importance of diversity in youth participation, and…

  • Opportunity of a lifetime

    Volunteer overseas - no cost to you

    International Citizen Service (ICS) supports projects in 20 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

    Funded by the UK government ICS offers young…

  • Thanks for contacting your local media

    Thanks for contacting your local media. Your press release is now on its way to newspaper journalists in your local area.

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  • Five reasons volunteering impresses employers

    With many students receiving results this time of year, it’s a great time to think about next steps – and how you can stand out from the crowd where employers are concerned.

    We talked…

  • Annual reports

    ICS takes a different approach to international volunteering. By bringing together young people from the UK to work side-by-side with young people from developing countries, we believe change lies in the hands of the youth.

  • About ICS

    ICS is an overseas volunteering programme for 18-25 year olds (23-35 for Team Leaders), led by VSO and funded by the UK Government.

    ICS is a development programme that brings together young people from…

  • 9 reasons why you definitely shouldn't volunteer abroad this year

    1. You'll miss Netflix
  • From marriages to sisterhood: four unlikely friendships from placement

    It's fair to say ICS is a pretty life changing experience for most volunteers.

    You've got the opportunity to work on projects that make a difference, challenge yourself to develop as a person, and meet a…

  • Volunteer overseas as a Team Leader

    We're looking for people aged 23-35 to lead teams of volunteers on challenging projects overseas. 

  • Take on the ICS challenge

    Your ICS experience won't be easy. But we can promise you'll discover strengths you never knew you had.

    Maybe you've just finished college and you want an alternative to the boring gap year experience…

  • Making a difference

    On your ICS placement, you'll be helping to make a difference in one of more than 20 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

    Unlike other providers out there, we're not into 'voluntourism'. On…

  • Fundraising summary

    If you're accepted onto ICS, you'll need to fundraise a small amount towards the cost of your placement.

    For most volunteers, this will be £800. But don't panic.

    You'll be supported every step of…

  • Volunteers - contact your local newspaper

    Sharing your ICS story with your local media can boost your fundraising, support your Action at Home, increase support for international development and inspire others to tackle poverty.

    Perhaps you want to promote your…
  • Ethiopia

    As Africa's oldest independent country, Ethiopia is one of the founding members of the United Nations and the base for many aid organisations working in Africa.

    With the exception of a five year occupation by Italy, it was never…

  • 1.2 billion people are about to reach reproductive age: don't ignore the youth

    With 1.2 billion teenagers about to reach reproductive age, the world stands on the precipice of a population explosion – and a sexual health disaster.

    Max Son, 25, headed to London’s…

  • Edna Adan is the mother of Somaliland. Here’s what Africa’s ‘Iron Lady’ means to me

    Edna Adan is a fearless activist. For the last four decades she has campaigned against female genital mutilation in her motherland and across the world. She turns 80 this year.

  • Do I tick the box? Why we need diversity now

    Watch VSO ICS returned volunteer Takyiwa Danso's impassioned speech about achieving a diverse society we can be proud of, produced as part of Almeida Theatre's Figures of Speech project.

    I was inspired…

  • Workshops and talks

    This information is from the World Youth Skills Day event held on Saturday 15th July.

    On the day you'll be able to choose between a number of workshops and talks. You'll be able to take part in one workshop per session and spaces…

  • Keynote speakers & workshop facilitators

    This information is from the World Youth Skills Day event held on Saturday 15th July.

    Join our keynote speakers and workshop facilitators at our World Youth Skills Day event in Newcastle. They'll be passing on their knowledge and…

  • Here’s how I ended the global ban on hijabs in basketball

    Basketball coach, actor and spoken word poet Asma Elbadawi, 27, didn’t understand why a head covering should stop fellow Muslim women and girls from playing basketball professionally. Last month, as part of a…

  • Your own personal development

    Watch the Team Leader films below to help you with your own personal development.

  • Building relationships

    Watch the Team Leader films below to help you build relationships.

  • Supporting learning

    Watch the Team Leader films below to help you support learning. 

  • Managing your team

    Watch the Team Leader films below to help you manage your team. 

  • ICS volunteer moves to Greece to help refugees

    At six, Usaama Kaweesa moved with his family to the UK from Uganda. As an immigrant leaving a country of extreme poverty, the refugee cause is one that’s always been close to his heart. Now 27, he tells us why he…

  • World Youth Skills Day 2017

    We held a free event in Newcastle on Saturday 15th July for ICS volunteers to develop vital transferable skills.

    The day was jam-packed with useful training, workshops and motivational speakers to help develop both personal…

  • Change your world with ICS

    Volunteer overseas for 10-12 weeks. No cash or qualifications needed, just the ambition to make a difference.

  • ICS for NCS graduates

    ICS is an overseas volunteering programme for 18-25 year olds, funded by the UK Government.

  • Predicting success: volunteer Robert's psychic night was out of this world

    Y Care International ICS volunteer Robert Foy knew he was going to be going away on a short volunteering project during his pre-departure process so needed to be super organised and manage his time effectively to…

  • My funny video made my second fundraising attempt a success

    Well hello there Fundraising Fans! This week we’ve got some great tips from a VSO ICS Team Leader who created a funny fundraising video in order to bring in the money for his second ICS placement in Tanzania with…

  • 'Don't be disheartened': Two creative ideas that brought in the money

    Happy Fundraising Friday y'all! It's that time again, you lucky things.

    This week we've got some creative and classic fundraising, so on with the show!

    Heather Hodkinson decided to use her natural…

  • Staying positive: our top tips for keeping the momentum during fundraising

    Hey Fundraising Fans! Today we wanted to talk you through how to stay positive while fundraising.

    We know this is easier said than done.

    Even so, it’s an issue that comes up time and time again…

  • "It was an exciting challenge": top tips from first time ICS fundraisers

    Well hello there Fundraising Enthusiasts and a Happy New Year to you all!

    We thought we’d ease you all back into the swing of fundraising with some cracking ideas brought to you by our delightful…

  • From art exhibitions to tote bags: two volunteers getting creative to fundraise

    If you’ve signed up to do ICS, I’m going to bet it’s because you want to push yourself out of your comfort zone, do something that maybe you’d never imagined you’d be doing and learn something new.


  • Putting on a show: How Claudia's cricket club night brought in the money

    This week we feature Fundraising Superstar and Raleigh International ICS volunteer Claudia Eusebi who managed to smash her fundraising target by putting on a night at her cricket club.

    To reach your…

  • Office Olympics, living below the line and mum pilates

    This week we feature Fundraising Superstar Becca Foster who faced her fundraising head on – embracing the challenge and getting stuck in. 

    She achieved her goal and now has a great story to tell. So, onto…

  • Team Leader Hub

    Congratulations on becoming an ICS Team Leader.

    As an ICS Team Leader you will receive training and support from staff before, during and after your placement.

  • Planning your life after placement

    As an ICS Team Leader you will develop lots of knowledge, skills and experience that could be transferable to whatever you do next.

    You don’t need to have your whole life and career mapped out, but do take the time to…

  • Supporting volunteers with additional needs

    The diversity of your team may mean that some volunteers need more support than others.

    Remember that you are not expected to be an expert on every additional need your volunteers may have, and you should work closely with…

  • Juggling your role in the team and with staff

    As a Team Leader you may find yourself juggling a variety of roles and responsibilities.

    You will often act as a bridge between the in-country staff and the wider volunteer team.

    Watch this short film to hear from…

  • Supporting learning about international development

    ICS provides a great opportunity to learn more about global issues, international development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    As a Team Leader you can support your team to make the links between ‘the local’…

  • Building a relationship with your counterpart

    The ICS programme values shared working and learning.

    Your relationship with your Team Leader counterpart is a great opportunity to put this value into practice and model the counterpart relationship with the rest of your…

  • Building a relationship with the wider community

    On your placement you will be living and working within a local community.

    Community integration is a key part of the ICS programme, so as a Team Leader it’s important that you look for opportunities to build a strong…