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  • Volunteer development

    Volunteer personal development is a key part of ICS.

    Alongside making a difference overseas, we work to build and develop our volunteers. 

    Volunteers benefit from comprehensive training as part of…

  • Making a difference

    ICS is not like other overseas volunteering programmes.

    ICS is run by respected development organisations and funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID).

    We don'…

  • Other ways to apply

    If you’d prefer not to apply online or if you would like the application form in a different format, such as larger text, specific fonts or a printed copy, please contact us. We’re happy to provide the ICS application form in a…

  • Nigeria

  • Action at Home

    Your ICS journey doesn’t stop when you complete your placement overseas.

    You’ll doubtless be inspired by your experiences and motivated to act on the issues you care about.

    We’ll encourage you to…

  • Disclaimer

    While ICS makes every effort to ensure that information on this site in relation to ICS and its activities is accurate and up-to-date, it does not accept any legal responsibility for any omissions or errors on the site unless due…

  • What happens next

    Thank you for completing the additional form. You’re one step closer to becoming an ICS volunteer!

    We may give you a call to check a few details with you, otherwise you will get an email from us when we have matched you up…

  • Your ICS application is complete

    Thank you for applying to be an ICS volunteer. Your ICS journey starts here.

    Now get your mates on ICS

    Have you got a friend, family member or partner who you think would be a great ICS volunteer? Get…

  • Training

    ICS is about creating change. Not just for communities, but for volunteers too.

    To make the greatest impact, all our volunteers will receive comprehensive training and support before they head overseas as…

  • Volunteer travel

    We will arrange and pay for your travel – including travel to selection day, training and all overseas travel.

    Travel to selection days and training

    When we receive your application you will be assigned…

  • Fit to volunteer

    Volunteer safety and security is our first priority.

    All our volunteers have medical insurance, pre-departure vaccinations and antimalarials (if required), all necessary medication and access to medical…

  • Sierra Leone

    *UPDATE*

    Unfortunately we are unable to offer placements in Sierra Leone in 2018-19.*

    Placements are available in:

    Bangladesh Cambodia Kenya Malawi Nepal Tanzania Uganda

    *If you have already been placed, your…

  • Senegal

    *UPDATE*

    Unfortunately we are unable to offer placements in Senegal in 2018-19.*

    Placements are available in:

    Bangladesh Cambodia Kenya Malawi Nepal Tanzania Uganda

    *If you have already been placed, your…

  • Tanzania

  • Meet the two Zimbabweans proving music production is more about talent than kit

    Restless Development ICS volunteer Rebecca Corbett spent her placement in Ushewekunze, a community just outside the Zimbabwean capital of Harare. Here, she tells the story of George and Arthur, two emerging…

  • Zimbabwe

    *UPDATE*

    Unfortunately we are unable to offer placements in Zimbabwe in 2018-19.*

    Placements are available in:

    Bangladesh Cambodia Kenya Malawi Nepal Tanzania Uganda

    *If you have already been placed, your…

  • Togo

    *UPDATE*

    Unfortunately we are unable to offer placements in Togo in 2018-19.*

    Placements are available in:

    Bangladesh Cambodia Kenya Malawi Nepal Tanzania Uganda

    *If you have already been placed, your…

  • This Ugandan female entrepreneur is helping women escape abusive relationships

    “We are one family even though we all come from different areas of Uganda,” says Nellie Ssali, a Ugandan businesswoman with a mission – to lift fellow women out of abusive relationships and empower them to make…

  • Uganda

  • Meet the Zambian honey makers giving away 50,000 beehives

    BeeSweet isn’t your average social enterprise. This Zambian business has set itself an impressive target – to give away 50,000 beehives to local farmers, who can then support their families and communities by…

  • Reducing teen pregnancy in Zambia

    Any conversation with young people about safe sex, anywhere in the world, is likely to feature a group of sniggering boys asking you what the best positions are. That’s according to Sarah Meath, an ICS volunteer…

  • Zambia

  • My experience volunteering in Nicaragua

    26-year-old Bryony Sims from Bristol is a Raleigh ICS volunteer team leader on placement in the communities of El Jobo and Mango Solo in Northern Nicaragua, where volunteers mentor local entrepreneurs. By sharing…

  • Nicaragua

    *UPDATE*

    Unfortunately we are unable to offer placements in Nicaragua in 2018-19.*

    Placements are available in:

    Bangladesh Cambodia Kenya Malawi Nepal Tanzania Uganda

    *If you have already been placed, your…

  • I raised my target by tapping into the thing people love the most - food

    Happy Friday! Before the weekend starts, take a seat and listen to the wise words of two wonderful ICS volunteers who cooked and climbed their way to the top!

    Restless Development ICS volunteer, Cheree Vaan Jaarsveld …

  • Volunteers repair community well supplying 500 people with clean water

    Three cycles of volunteers working in the same community teamed up to raise money and help repair a community well, enabling up to 500 local residents access clean water. 

    Bernice is a young woman from Owuram in Ghana.…

  • Without sight, with hindsight: Mahomed’s ICS experience as a blind volunteer in Zambia

    At 16, Mahomed Khatri lost his sight from retinal detachments in both his eyes. He was forced to quickly learn to cope with a life without vision – and all the challenges that suddenly came with it.

    Now 26, ten years later…

  • 9 top tips for planning to make your fundraising a success

    Hello lovely fundraisers!
    We’re mixing it up in the ICS office this week and bringing you our first themed blog. So, what better way to start than with Planning.
    Coming up with a plan for your ICS fundraising is key to…

  • 'Bubbles and Bush': Meet Eleanor, the ex-ICS volunteer tackling sexual health taboos

    For 23-year-old Eleanor Calver, her ICS placement gave her the opportunity to gain more experience of working in sexual health – a sector she felt passionately about.

    After returning from Zimbabwe, she’s now working for The…

  • Action after ICS: Cianne's project tackling youth unemployment in Uganda

    Starting your own charity or NGO can seem like a scary prospect. Where do you begin? How do you test your ideas? What contacts do you need to make? And will it really make a difference?

    But ICS can be a great chance to get…

  • Here's why women belong in the cabinet, not the kitchen

    Amelia Womack was just 29 when she was elected as The Green Party’s Deputy Leader in 2014 – the youngest ever in political party history. Two years and one re-election later, she’s more vocal than ever about the power young people…

  • Protecting the environment

    Climate change will affect the world’s poorest the most. Extreme weather and natural disasters – like drought and flooding – are likely to increase as the world gets warmer, and poor communities struggle the most to cope with these…

  • Staying healthy

    ICS volunteers are ideally placed to reach out to other young people, particularly on issues like sexual health. Projects also focus on making sure people have decent toilet and washing facilities, which can hugely reduce sickness…

  • Working for a fairer world

    We want to make sure that people around the world know their rights and can make their voices heard.

  • Getting a good education

    Every child deserves a good education.

    More and more young people are getting the chance to go to school, but some are still excluded.

  • Earning a decent living

    Helping people to support themselves and their families.

    Supporting small businesses

    We believe that everyone should be able to earn a decent living and become self-sufficient, because no one wants to…

  • Data Protection and Privacy Statement

    International Citizen Service is a development programme led and managed by Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO).

    VSO is committed to safeguarding your privacy online. This statement explains how we will collect, use and…

  • Cost and funding

    The UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) funds 90% of the ICS programme. The other 10% is funded by volunteer fundraising.

    You don’t have to pay for ICS, but volunteer…

  • Safeguarding

    ICS takes its responsibility for safeguarding and child protection seriously. We will do all we can to ensure, as far as possible, the safety and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in ICS.

  • Getting ready

    An ICS placement is a big undertaking but we’re here to help you get prepared, from providing training and travel arrangements, to making sure you’re fit to travel. 

  • Department for International Development

    The Department for International Development (DFID) funds ICS – representing a significant investment by the UK Government in young people.

  • Why volunteer with ICS?

    All you need to volunteer with ICS is the ambition to make a difference.

    International Citizen Service (ICS) is a UK Government funded programme providing volunteer placements to 18-25 year olds and Team…

  • NCS graduates

    If you've done NCS then you're guaranteed an invite to an assessment day,

    Providing there is space and you're eligible, all NCS graduates are guaranteed an invite to an assessment day.

    With your…

  • ICS quality principle: Active citizens

  • ICS quality principle: Supported learning

    ICS volunteers visit Upendo enterprise, a local garment making company in Lindi, Tanzania
  • ICS quality principle: Community integration

  • ICS quality principle: Shared working and learning

    ICS volunteer Dan Hensman playing his guitar to his fellow volunteers and host home family members
  • ICS quality principle: Project impact

    VSO ICS volunteers in Banteay Char, Cambodia meet with the leaders of the local Agriculture Co-operative…
  • ICS quality principle: Personal development

    Cathryn Tomnay with team of volunteers prepare for their school training session with pupils as part of the ICS…