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Seven quality principles

ICS is funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and delivered by a consortium of three organisations, led by VSO.

Different ICS agencies work in different ways, but they all work to seven agreed quality principles.

This means that all ICS projects are based on these principles and are committed to delivering impact in partnership with local communities.


ICS is committed to recruiting a body of UK volunteers representative of the UK's diversity.

Volunteer support

ICS will support you at every step of the journey as you gain experience and confidence.

Programme impact

We’ll give you the tools you need to work in partnership with local communities.

Cross-cultural working

UK volunteers work alongside volunteers from the host country as equal partners.

Community integration

You will live in the community where you are working and become an active member of that community.

Supported learning

You'll get training to support cross-cultural understanding and learning.

Active citizens

Active citizens bring about positive change in their communities.

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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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