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  • Kenya

    Known for its tea exports and for its tourism industry, it’s also home to a rapidly growing new source of income – the ‘informal sector’.

    Making up more than three quarters of Kenya’s workforce, these 11.…

  • 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…

  • 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…