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Staying involved with ICS

So you've returned from placement. You're inspired to keep changing the world – whether abroad or at home – and you want to stay involved with our global network of 35,000 volunteers.

ICS doesn’t stop after you finish your placement.

When you return, you’ll continue to be an active citizen through Action at Home – the part of ICS where you make a difference in your own community. And when you finish, we have many more ways to stay involved with the work of ICS.

Whether that’s through continuing to volunteer or getting involved with local, national and international politics and the UK Aid debate – you’ve got a unique opportunity to get involved with a range of exciting and impactful campaigns.

Volunteers chat together next to a laptop
© ICS/ Andrew Aitchison
Have ideas for your own project? We'll help you to get it off the ground

Here's what we've achieved so far.

We want to support you with your own ideas for change. We've done that by:

  • Funding 62 volunteer projects aiming to reach almost 10,000 people worldwide, tackling everything from refugee integration to unemployment
  • Supporting young people to showcase the value of volunteering for development through 13 youth-led celebrations in 13 countries
  • Building the confidence and skills of 80 young people to raise their voice as UK Aid advocates in their own communities
  • Creating 6 national networks of ICS volunteers to bring together community youth and partner organisations to contribute to the SDGs
  • Introducing young people’s perspectives at the highest levels of VSO’s leadership through our youth adviser, Felix Owino
  • Getting you to share your experiences and motivate the next generation of ICS volunteers through our speaker service
  • Connecting ICS volunteers in annual networking and skills training programmes 
  • Creating dialogue between young people and decision makers, putting ICS volunteers in front of their local MPs and political leaders
An ICS volunteer teaches school children how to make paper stars
© ICS / VSO / Jeff DeKock
Volunteers like Gladys Muthara (centre) ran an ICS-funded project against gender-based violence

Now get started.

Click the links below to find out more information.

Grants

Apply for a grant to start your own project

Networks

Join your local network of ICS volunteers

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Funded by the UK Government

ICS is funded by the UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID) which leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty.

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