ICS has worked in many of the world's poorest countries, in Africa, Asia and South America.
Recent programme countries:
ICS volunteers in Bangladesh have supported young people to improve their quality of life, by delivering enterprise training, empowering others to run courses, and improving youth involvement in local government decision-making. Other projects have focused on tackling issues around gender and education, holding workshops on the dangers of early marriage and working with young people and their families to demonstrate the benefits of getting a good education.
In Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in the world, much of our work has focused on empowering women and girls, working with local partners on projects that supported women through enterprise, vocational and skills training. Other volunteers have worked to empower people with disabilities to access the education, healthcare and employment opportunities they deserve, as well as promoting social inclusion and defending disability rights.
Volunteers have worked to build youth economic empowerment, teaching young people business skills and helping them become more employable. Other projects have focused on education, helping schools to meet the requirements of Cambodia’s child friendly schools policy, which works to improve the quality of education for all children.
Volunteers have worked to improve education for young people, supporting pupils to learn English by establishing groups like reading and speaking clubs in schools.
Projects in Ghana have focused on addressing inequality, including supporting children into school, empowering entrepreneurs to develop successful and sustainable business ventures, and challenging the stigma and exclusion faced by people with visual impairments.
ICS volunteers have helped to encourage young people to adopt improved health and hygiene behaviours, alongside supporting the establishment of safe water and sanitation systems in schools. Others have collaborated with rural grassroots organisations to deliver youth development, health, gender and education programmes.
Livelihoods projects in Kenya have focused on the country’s growing ‘informal sector’, supporting entrepreneurs to succeed by developing new ideas and exploring different ways of making a sustainable living. Other projects have worked towards reaching equality for people with disabilities, including running awareness-raising campaigns, and supporting Deaf young people to access education.
Projects in Liberia have supported the country’s recovery efforts after the devastation of 2014’s Ebola outbreak, working with children and young people to raise awareness of the importance of sanitation, hygiene, and sexual and reproductive health.
Volunteers in Malawi have worked to support national efforts to reduce HIV and AIDS infections, by improving young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) knowledge through peer education, awareness-raising activities, and training sessions in schools and youth clubs.
Much of our work in Nepal has focused on supporting communities to rebuild after the 2015 earthquake, including improving access to clean water and sanitation services, raising awareness of healthy hygiene practices, and supporting young people to make informed choices for their future. Other projects have worked to challenge harmful gender norms and beliefs, improving girls’ menstrual health and sharing information about SRHR.
In Nicaragua, ICS volunteers have focused on improving access to clean water and sanitation, and encouraging positive changes in hygiene practices. Volunteers have also supported young people in rural areas to set up small businesses, in turn benefiting the wider community and developing increased resilience to social and environmental change.
Volunteers have worked to address some of the challenges posed by Nigeria’s rapid growth in population. Education projects have supported children to develop basic literacy, numeracy and essential life skills, whilst livelihoods projects focused on the cocoa industry, empowering farmers to develop new business ideas along the cocoa value chain.
ICS volunteers have worked alongside local partners to support community leaders, school staff and co-operatives to educate women and young people on their right to health, gender equality and a quality education. Others have delivered training sessions to coffee farmers, improving their financial and business literacy.
Volunteers have supported young people to improve their employability skills, improved farmers’ agricultural knowledge and business acumen, and empowered entrepreneurs to develop their own businesses. Projects have supported young entrepreneurs in rural villages, helping people to develop the skills they need to earn a decent living without migrating to cities. Other projects have focused on improving access to safe water and sanitation, whilst raising awareness of common health issues and how to combat them.
Volunteers have worked with a wide range of young people, including those who are in conflict with the law. They've run English clubs in schools and YMCA local unions to improve pupils’ communication skills, constructed tippy taps in schools and communities, improved young people’s awareness of common health issues, and promoted youth justice.
Teams have worked to support local entrepreneurs and improve young people’s employability, alongside increasing awareness of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), in order to reduce rates of HIV infection among Uganda’s rapidly-growing youth population.
Volunteers have delivered sessions on employability skills, English and ICT, improving young people’s livelihoods and career prospects. To complement this, they've also worked with local employers to raise awareness of the value of hiring young people.
Projects have empowered young people living in some of the country’s most deprived areas to transform both their own lives, and their communities. This includes supporting young people to acquire the skills to find a job or start their own businesses, and training them to campaign for better services for people living in slums.
South Africa has the highest rate of HIV and AIDS infection in the world. Projects here have focused on reducing these rates, promoting safer sex practices amongst young people through work in schools, community groups and awareness-raising events.
Zambia is one of the fastest-growing nations in Africa – yet two thirds of the population live in poverty. Volunteers have worked to improve young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), alongside working with small entrepreneurs to help their businesses grow.
In Zimbabwe, volunteers have worked to improve young people’s understanding of sexual health, with a specific focus on HIV and AIDS, and youth-friendly family planning. Other projects have focused on improving the opportunities for young people to earn a decent living and provide a stable income for themselves and their families.