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  • Why fundraise?

    Fundraising is part of your placement

    Fundraising is an important part of the volunteer journey. While your placement is largely funded by the UK government, by raising funds you contribute back to ICS and show your commitment to…

  • Fundraising

    The UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) funds 90% of the ICS programme. The other 10% comes from funds raised by volunteers.

    If accepted onto the programme you must fundraise…

  • Contact us

    General enquiries

    If you have any questions or queries about ICS, get in touch:

    Tel: +44 (0)20 8780 7400

    Email: enquiries@volunteerics.org

    Family liaison

    If you have any questions out of hours in relation…

  • Meeting your needs

    Our commitment

    As a matter of principle no volunteer will be excluded from accessing the programme due to cost.

    At ICS we are committed to delivering a diverse and inclusive programme and will make reasonable adjustments…

  • Ghana

    *UPDATE*

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

    Placements are available in:

    Bangladesh Cambodia Kenya Malawi Nepal Tanzania Uganda

    *If you have already been placed, your…

  • Country offices

    ICS programmes work by pairing UK, EU or EEA volunteers with national volunteers in 8 countries around the world. You may be able to take part in ICS if there are programmes running in your country.

    Some…

  • Applying for ICS

    When to apply

    We recommend you apply six months before you wish to go overseas - but if that's not possible, at least three months before. This gives you enough time to fundraise, get all your necessary vaccinations, go to…

  • Cambodia

  • Burkina Faso

    *UPDATE*

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

    Placements are available in:

    Bangladesh Cambodia Kenya Malawi Nepal Tanzania Uganda

    *If you have already been placed, your…

  • Bangladesh

  • Volunteer journey

    ICS is more than just a 12 week placement overseas.

    As an ICS volunteer you'll join a community of people just like you working towards a fairer world. From fundraising and training, to living overseas and making a…

  • In-country volunteers

    Every ICS team is made up of volunteers from the UK and volunteers from the country where the project is running.

    In-country volunteers bring new ideas, energy and understanding to the team – helping it…

  • Team Leaders

    Could you lead a team of volunteers on challenging projects overseas? 

    Spending between three and eight months on placement you'll support and manage a …

  • A day in the life of a Team Leader

    Volunteer Vix Anderton and Counterpart 'S'
  • Apply now

    You can also apply:

    Over the phone - on +44 (0)20 8780 7350 (Mon-Fri, 9-5pm…

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    We publish the ICS newsletter around the middle of the month so look out for it then. If you don't receive it please check your junk email folders and add us to your 'Safe…

  • Kenya

  • These Indian children sent their school bags to politicians to make a point about education

    The children of Umerdha village, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh are fighting for the right to quality education.

    To make their voices heard they sent their school bags with personal letters to local…

  • 11 things I never dreamed I’d be doing this year

    The urge to volunteer. It may come to you mid-way through a lecture, or as you’re pressed up against fellow commuters as you bus it to work. But once you’ve decided to do it, everything starts to move rather quickly. 

  • 'It's happening in the dark': Meet Grace, the ICS volunteer fighting FGM in Manchester

    FGM. Three letters that disguise the horrible reality of the words behind them: female genital mutilation. It’s a procedure where the female genitalia is partially or fully removed – for no medical reason – through a process called…

  • When times got tough this entrepreneur got creative

    Agnes used to worry about her son, seven-year-old Kevin. A single mother, she wasn’t earning enough from her small-scale trading to provide for her child.

    She explains, “The market was bad for the items I was selling, which…

  • Six small businesses helping people escape poverty

    Money makes the world go round. And for young people living in many developing countries where levels of unemployment are rising, starting their own businesses is a key method to lift themselves out of poverty.

    Our ICS…

  • Beena’s story: how forced marriage cut short a girl’s dreams of education

    Faiza Amin’s experience volunteering with VSO ICS last autumn gave her a unique insight into the barriers Nepalese girls face accessing education. Here’s how she ended up at the Girls’ Education Forum telling the story of Beena,…

  • 5 things you should know before doing business in Kenya

    1. Business is more than just work
  • Documentary filmmaker Tom’s top tips for filming on ICS

    Many of our ICS volunteers use the opportunity of going overseas to do even more amazing things on top of their work on placement. For Tom Greenidge, his team leader placement in Malawi this spring inspired him to create a…

  • Building bridges: Rebuilding safe access to education in Nepal’s monsoon season

    For the local children of Bagdali in central Nepal, the arrival of the monsoon season presents a serious problem. The stream that runs through the village swells and the path across becomes treacherous, leaving…

  • ICS through the lens: Tom's documentary on development

    Nine months, three groups of volunteers, two countries, and hundreds of hours of filming and editing later and documentary filmmaker Tom Greenidge’s ICS journey is almost over.

    Not one to settle for just the challenge of…

  • Less is more: Living below the line and BBQ garden parties

    This week’s fantastic fundraisers are proof that you can absolutely raise lots of money without the need for expensive venues and challenging events. Their fundraising activities were cheaper and easier to organise but both…

  • ICS photography secrets: My 8 top tips to get that perfect shot

    With just weeks left until entries close for this year's ICS Photography Competition, there's still time to get in your entries.

    But what's the secret to taking that winning shot? We caught up with photo pro Andy Aitchison…

  • Education is key to escaping poverty

    VSO ICS volunteers Raluca Moraru and Gifty Arthur explain how Ghana’s inclusive education policy, launched last year, is putting the schooling of children with disabilities and vulnerable girls back on the agenda…

  • Returned ICS volunteer lands job campaigning for Hilary Clinton

    For Nottingham grad Rhiann Mirchandani-Cooper, ICS was the push she needed to find her feet. Recently she has landed a coveted place on Hilary Clinton’s campaign team. We caught up with Rhiann to find out how it all began with a…

  • 5 reasons why now is the best time to volunteer

    With A-Level results day safely out of the way, and the stresses of last week’s frantic Clearing calls long-forgotten, there’s no better time to think about how volunteering could boost your career options – whatever stage you’re…

  • 15 reasons to volunteer overseas next year

    1. Let’s face it. 2016 could have been better. Here's a way to make sure 2017 starts brilliantly. 

  • Portraits of Progress: 10 photos showing the beauty of volunteering across the world

    Every year, thousands of ICS volunteers leave their home communities to work in 22 countries across three continents, bringing with them a passion for change, a drive for learning more about the communities they will call home for…

  • Ex volunteer Ishamail runs for Olympic gold

    Here at ICS, a love for sport is something many of our volunteers have in common. But it’s not every day that those volunteers represent their country in the biggest sporting event on earth.

    But we now have an ICS first –…

  • What do volunteers eat on placement?

    Food. It’s something every ICS volunteer thinks about before going overseas and for many, sharing meals with their host family is something they’ll never forget.

    It’s a great opportunity to bring teams together, it’s…

  • Am I right for ICS?

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

  • Volunteers from the UK

    Our fantastic ICS volunteers are committed to tackling some of the world’s biggest issues. Join us.

    The requirements

    We are committed to making ICS as accessible as possible. But you must fulfil the…

  • Home

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

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

  • Where you could go

    Bangladesh Support work to improve the quality of life for young people living in Bangladesh.
  • South Africa

    *UPDATE*

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

    Placements are available in:

    Bangladesh Cambodia Kenya Malawi Nepal Tanzania Uganda

    *If you have already been placed, your…

  • India

    *UPDATE*

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

    Placements are available in:

    Bangladesh Cambodia Kenya Malawi Nepal Tanzania Uganda

    *If you have already been placed, your…