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VSO ICS

VSO's vision is a world without poverty.

We bring people together to fight poverty. As an international development organisation with almost 60 years' experience, we know that when passionate volunteers are placed with carefully selected organisations, real change happens.

Like all ICS placements, you'll spend 10-12 weeks volunteering abroad. VSO ICS volunteers work in 13 countries across Africa and Asia with local young people and a community partner on impactful and sustainable development projects.

Nasir, Joe and Kitty prepare for a community action day in Lindi, Tanzania
© ICS / VSO / Andrew Aitchison
Nasir, Joe and Kitty prepare for a community action day in Lindi, Tanzania

What could you do?

VSO ICS volunteers work on a range of projects:

  • Youth unemployment
  • Growing small businesses and entrepreneurship
  • Education
  • Youth leadership
  • Health awareness raising
  • Climate change

While on placement, you could help educate other young people, set up youth clubs, carry out research into health service access, or create campaigns for social change. On one of our business oriented programmes you might work with a local entrepreneur to help them to promote their business. 

    VSO Team Leader Caroline Kamau led two cycles of volunteers in southern Kenya
    © ICS / VSO / Jack Howson
    VSO Team Leader Caroline Kamau led two cycles of volunteers in southern Kenya

    How does it work?

    You’ll spend 10-12 weeks volunteering overseas, part of a group of five to ten volunteers from the UK, supported by two full-time Team Leaders – one from the UK and one from the country you're based in.

    Once you arrive, you'll work with local volunteers, learning from each other and sharing ideas. You will live with a host family, who will help you integrate with the community and understand the culture.

    You will also help organise and take part in community action days, designed to address specific issues such as sexual health, hygiene and computer skills. This means you can have a broader impact on the local community, beyond your specific project placement.

    VSO is one of the biggest and most respected names in volunteering for international development. We have 60 years' experience supporting a range of volunteers from diverse backgrounds to live and work in developing countries.

      ICS volunteer and qualified basketball coach Asma Elbadawi during an evening training session
      © ICS / VSO / Andrew Aitchison
      ICS volunteer and qualified basketball coach Asma Elbadawi during an evening training session
      Deaf awareness march in Kapsabet, Kenya, organised by ICS volunteers
      Deaf awareness march in Kapsabet, Kenya, organised by ICS volunteers

      Destination countries

      With VSO ICS, you could go to:

      Apply now

      If you’re ready for the challenge, fill in the online application form and select VSO from the list of agencies you want to volunteer with.

      If you'd like to find out more before you apply you can call us on +44 (0)20 8780 7400 or click here to find out more about the next steps.

      VSO volunteers Hannah and Riza talk about their experience volunteering in the Philippines
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