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  • What will your day bring? Check out this 360° video

    In this 360° video take a look at some of the amazing things Naseem did on placement in Kenya - compared to life back at home in Newcastle.

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  • Lesson times doubled after volunteers crowdfunded school roof repair

    For many people across Nigeria, rain is a blessing. But for students and teachers at Igangan High School in the west of the country, they dread it. 

    That’s because for the last year, their school has been…

  • What will your day bring?

    Hi. I'm Naseem.

    I'm 19 and from Newcastle. This year my life was changed forever when I went to live in Loitokitok, Kenya for three months as an ICS volunteer.

    Whenever there have been opportunities, I've always been one…

  • Meet Naseem: The wrestling enthusiast turned youth activist

    19-year-old Naseem Haque from Newcastle really has made the most of his year off. Having earned a place studying Computer Games Programming at Newcastle University, he wanted to use his time in a meanginful way…

  • What’s next after working on NCS?

    International Citizen Service (ICS) provides overseas volunteer placements for 18-25 year olds and Team Leader placements for 23-35 year olds.

    Funded by the UK Government and run by respected…

  • A digital detox helped two volunteers to see life – and the stars – more clearly

    The average UK adult now spends almost 9 hours a day glued to their screens – more time than we spend sleeping! (1)

    Checking their phone up to 150 times a day, the average smartphone…

  • 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

    International Citizen Service (ICS) supports projects in 8 countries across Africa and Asia.

    Funded by the UK government ICS offers young volunteers, aged 18-25, the chance to volunteer overseas on…

  • Thanks for contacting your local media

    Your press release is now on its way to your local newspapers.

    We’ve emailed you with some next steps.

    Following these will increase the chances of your story getting published! 

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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…

  • ICS 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…

  • 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
  • ‘I gave everything to my work – when I got home I was more confident’: Izak's story

    At 20, Izak Lees thought life wasn’t worth living. The youngest of five children growing up in Norfolk, he was bullied at school and suffered depression as a young adult.

    In 2015 he spent three months in…

  • 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 eight countries across Africa and Asia.

    Unlike other providers out there, we're not into 'voluntourism'. On ICS, you'll be…

  • Fundraising summary

    If you're accepted onto ICS, you'll need to fundraise a small amount to contribute back to, and show your commitment to the programme.

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


  • Media centre

    Sharing your ICS story with your local media is a great way to let people know what you’re doing and why.

    This can help boost your fundraising, get support for your Action at Home, demonstrate the…

  • 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. Recently, as part of a group…

  • 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. 

  • ICS for NCS graduates

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

    All you need to apply for ICS is the ambition to make a difference.

    With your NCS volunteering…

  • 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…

  • 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’…

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Funded by the UK Government.

ICS is funded by the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), which projects the UK as a force for good in the world, including reducing poverty and tackling global challenges.

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