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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 to a partner agency and be invited to a selection day. We are happy to arrange and pay for your travel to your selection day. Details for this will be on the email invitation.

Once you have been selected, you will be invited to a residential training session. Again, we are able to help arrange and pay for your travel to the training venue.

Travel overseas

ICS covers the cost of all international travel related to your placement.

We will organise your transport overseas, your pick up on arrival and any in-country travel required whilst on placement (such as in-country training and mid-phase review).

You will travel as a team and stay together throughout your placement.

Visas and work permits

We will help arrange and meet the cost of all visas and work permits.  

For this you will need a valid passport (with at least six months remaining on its expiry date from the return date of your placement).

Your contact at ICS will be able to support you with visa and work permit application forms.

Your passport

If you have never had a passport before (either as a child or adult passport), you MUST apply for one at least six weeks before you are due to travel. Your first passport cannot be fast tracked (this is for UK passports). We can help you to do this, just make sure you let us know in time.

If your passport expires within six months of the end of your project, you must renew it before you leave the UK

Travel insurance

ICS provides basic travel insurance for your time on placement. However, if you plan on taking expensive equipment with you overseas you may wish to consider taking out a separate policy. Your contact at ICS will be able to provide advice.

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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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