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Volunteering overseas

Volunteering overseas with ICS is a life-changing experience.

You'll spend 10-12 weeks supporting a development project overseas as part of a team of British and local volunteers. 

You will live and work side-by-side with local volunteers and your host family. 

ICS is not a holiday. Work can be hard and days long. But it is a great opportunity to learn and develop whilst contributing towards meaningful projects aimed at tackling the root causes of poverty.

Staying healthy, staying safe

Volunteers health and safety is our first priority. Find out more about how we support volunteers to stay healthy, safe and secure via the links below:

Life as a volunteer

As a volunteer you will live and work alongside local communities. This is a key element of how ICS works - and really helps to make stronger bonds and our projects more successful.

Volunteer at host home cooking
© Kate Weaver

Host families

In most cases volunteers live with a host family, usually in very rural areas in developing countries where the climate, living conditions and the physical environment may be challenging.


Volunteers will eat the local food - sharing meals with host families and volunteer counterparts.

The local diet may not be as varied as you are used to and the option to buy western-style food may not be available. 

Expect to be busy

Your team will be expected to make a serious contribution towards ongoing projects throughout your time away. You should expect to be busy with some very long days. 

ICS is not a holiday. You should not expect to travel away from your team or project location. 

Find out more about what life is like on placement by reading our volunteers' blogs:

Volunteer blogs

See the latest blogs from our volunteers

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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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