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  • 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…

  • Building a relationship with your host family

    During your placement you are likely to be living with a host family.

    Building a strong relationship with your host family will enable you to support your volunteers to do the same with theirs.

    Watch this short…

  • Supporting individual learning

    As a Team Leader you will be supporting the individual learning of your volunteers through structured one-to-one meetings and on a more informal ongoing basis.

    You will also support your volunteers to set some personal…

  • Supporting group learning

    In addition to the specific training that volunteers receive on the programme, ICS encourages ongoing learning and reflection.

    As a Team Leader you should support your team to meet regularly and encourage your volunteers…

  • Managing expectations

    “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and it’s important to remind your team that their placement won’t be either!

    You can help your team members to manage their expectations by reminding them that they are part of a large-scale…

  • Motivating your team

    During your placement there are likely to be times when your team is feeling very motivated and engaged, and other times when they may lose motivation and feel frustrated.

    As a Team Leader you will need to learn to read…

  • Looking after your own needs

    As a Team Leader, you will play a key role in supporting the needs of your team members.

    However, it is important to make time to look after your own needs too. This can be challenging when juggling many different…

  • Games and energizers

    While your team will be working on a specific project during your placement, there will also be opportunities for more social activities and games.

    Energizers can also be useful tools to motivate your team when energy is…

  • Team Leader Support Network

    Only TLSN Facebook group requests from Team Leaders already selected and/or on their ICS placement will be accepted.

    Please contact your ICS agency for more information.

    Click here to join the group

  • Managing team dynamics and conflict

    Your team will be living and working together on their ICS placement for 10-12 weeks.

    During that time the dynamics within the team may change many times and could lead to some challenging situations or even conflict. As a…

  • Managing language barriers

    Within your team you are likely to have a variety of languages and accents.

    You will need to be creative and find ways to manage these language barriers so that your team can work together and with the community.

  • Supporting cross cultural learning and diversity

    As a Team Leader you will be supporting your team to learn from their cross-cultural environment.

    Your team members will come from a diverse range of backgrounds, beyond their cultural identities, such as level of…

  • Five skills you can learn from volunteering overseas

    ICS pushed me well out of my comfort zone and equipped me with experience of overcoming challenges in an unfamiliar environment. As a result, I have an increased confidence to accept more difficult tasks at work and take the lead…
  • Bucket collections

    Bucket collections are a great way to bring in donations for your ICS fundraising.

    In this video, ICS Fundraising Officer Rowan talks you through her top tips for planning bucket collections as part of…

  • Broadstairs to Land's End: Joanna's 400 mile ride was a personal challenge

    Volunteer Joanna Maskens decided to take on a massive sponsored challenge as a part of her fundraising - cycling from Broadstairs to Land's End. camping as she went. That’s over 400 miles! We’re pretty sure none…

  • Lessons I learned through my fundraising

    Getting started with your fundraising can seem daunting. It did for Raleigh volunteer Louise Hunnisett. But, where there is a will there is a way and once Louise got started she was amazed how quickly she met her…

  • On the move: Jonny's 244km bike ride from coast to coast for ICS

     International Service ICS Team Leader Jonny Snowden also felt initially worried about fundraising but decided to launch into several physical challenges, turning his passion (keeping fit) into a fundraising…

  • At uni? No time? Here's how Imogen fit fundraising around her life

    Summer is supposed to be a time when we kick back and relax, but we know that it can be the busiest time of year for our ICS volunteers with exams, work, weddings, holidays and of course fundraising.

  • Fundraising showed Beth the MC skills she didn't know she had

    With a new season comes a new group of volunteers kicking of their ICS journey with some great fundraising! This week’s fundraising blog is all about getting started and getting stuck in!

    The cake sale

  • Down to business in Kenya

    Balloon ICS volunteer Jamie is in Kenya working with local entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Here he talks about the first two weeks of the programme and what his team plans to do next.

  • Cookies

    What are cookies?

    Cookies are small text files stored on your computer, created by web sites to improve functionality (such as remembering your preferred language), ease of use (remembering that you have logged in for the duration…

  • Fundraising is a juggling act. Here's how Rose and Abi managed to keep up

    Having to juggle various commitments is an unavoidable part of a fundraiser’s life!

    You’re all probably experiencing this to a certain degree and learning in the process how to prioritise, how to manage…

  • Your ICS Team Leader application is complete

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

  • Fundraising FAQs

    Frequently asked questions:

    Why is there a deadline?

    It’s really important that we receive the funds in advance of you going on placement, so we will set you a deadline to make sure all funds are…

  • Fundraising Dos and Don'ts

    Community fundraising is a great way to raise money for a great cause and develop a host of different skills whilst also making an impact in your local community.  

    As an ICS Volunteer you have been challenged to raise a…

  • Network mapping

    We love this activity. It can really help you identify all the different networks you might be able to access.

    If you need support doing this then just give your Fundraising Support Officer a call.…

  • Setting up a JustGiving page

    To set up your page, just follow your charity link below, and go through our step-by-step guide.

    Raleigh International Restless Development VSO

    1. You will see a box (like the one below) asking for your email address.…

  • A to Z of fundraising

    26 amazing fundraising tips from the expert team at ICS.

  • Fundraising plan

    We recommend you put together a fundraising plan of action as soon as possible. Plan 4 or 5 different fundraising activities if your target is £800 and 6 or 7 if it’s £1500.  Each activity should raise you…

  • Fundraising guide

    We recommend you put together a fundraising plan of action as soon as possible after being selected.

    Plan four or five different fundraising activities if your target is £800 and six or seven if it’s £…

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  • Speaking the language - Lydia's experience in Senegal

    Lydia Hodgins, 24, in Senegal

    Lydia Hodgins…

  • Challenges and triumphs in India - Jamie's story

    22 year old Jamie from Merthyr Tydfil, Wales had never considered volunteering before. Then a stay in hospital gave him time to reflect on his life and what he wanted to do. Bored of his 9-5 job, an advert he saw…

  • ICV alumni grant FAQs

    Applications for the In-country Volunteer Alumni Grant are currently closed while we review the process. We hope to re-open the grant in early 2019.


    All approved grantees should complete their activities and submit their…

  • ICS alumni grants

    UPDATE: Applications for this year’s grant have now closed. Thank you to those who have applied. We received a very high number of applications and some very exciting ideas for how to support your communities!

    The COVID-19…

  • 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 Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).


  • Nigeria


    Unfortunately we are currently unable to offer placements in Nigeria.

    Placements are available in:

    Bangladesh Cambodia Kenya Nepal Tanzania Uganda Zambia
  • 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.

    We will be placing your application on hold and we will be in touch to let you know when our next placements are confirmed. This means that you will not need…

  • 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…

  • Volunteer health

    Our volunteers' health, safety and security is our first priority.

    All our volunteers are provided with medical insurance, pre-departure vaccinations and antimalarials (if required). Necessary medication…

  • Sierra Leone


    Unfortunately we are currently unable to offer placements in Sierra Leone.

    Placements are available in:

    Bangladesh Cambodia Kenya Nepal Tanzania Uganda Zambia
  • Senegal


    Unfortunately we are currently unable to offer placements in Senegal. 

    Placements are available in:

    Bangladesh Cambodia Kenya Nepal Tanzania Uganda Zambia
  • Tanzania

    84.4% of Tanzania's working poor live on US$2 or less a day.

    ICS runs numerous projects in Tanzania addressing a number of issues. These include supporting people to access a regular source of income,…

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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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