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What’s next after working on NCS?

International Citizen Service (ICS) provides overseas volunteer placements for 18-25 year olds and Team Leader placements for 23-35 year olds.

Funded by the UK Government and run by respected international development organisations, ICS delivers real change to some of the poorest communities around the world.

With your experience working on NCS we're confident that you're an ideal applicant.

It’s for everyone, honestly it is for everyone. It has something for everyone and everyone has something to gain from it.
Volunteered with Raleigh in Nicaragua
ALY-KHAN RAJAN Volunteered with Raleigh in Nicaragua

What is included?

As well as structured training and support, ICS volunteers receive

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel
  • Medical insurance
  • Medication
  • Vaccines
  • Food and accommodation.

What's the catch?

Unlike some programmes where volunteers pay for a part holiday/part volunteering experience, ICS is funded because the UK Government believes in the positive impact of young people and wants to offer them an opportunity to change their lives and the lives of others.

coaching basketball in Tanzania
© ICS / VSO / Andrew Aitchison

Continue to build your skills

Volunteers benefit from comprehensive training as part of the programme. They take part in a challenging overseas placement and support work at home. This builds vital transferable skills that contribute towards personal development and finding a job. 

  • 74% of volunteers regarded their ICS experience as the main reason they chose their career
  • 97% of volunteers compare ICS favourably against other opportunities such as apprenticeships, work experience or internships
  • 98% of volunteers would recommend ICS as a way to develop skills for employment

Aged 23-35 - You could be a Team Leader

Being a Team Leader can be a demanding role and as such requires more experience than a being a team member. Team Leaders should:

  • Be aged 23-35 

  • Be fluent in English, both written and spoken 

  • Have a clear interest in international development work 

  • Be responsible, organised and good at taking the initiative

  • Have some leadership experience

To apply for a role as a Team Leader, select  ‘ICS Team Leader’ as your application type on the standard online application form.  

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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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