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Why volunteer with ICS?

All you need to volunteer with ICS is the ambition to make a difference.

International Citizen Service (ICS) is a UK Government-funded programme providing volunteer placements to 18-25 year olds and Team Leader placements to 23-35 year olds.

ICS is a development programme that brings together young people from the UK and developing countries to volunteer in some of the most vulnerable and marginalised communities in Africa and Asia.

Placements are 10-12 weeks in length.

UK volunteers work side by side with local volunteers, staying with host families in the local community.

ICS isn't a holiday. It's demanding but hugely rewarding. It's a great opportunity for personal development, a stepping stone to future careers and a chance to make your world a better place.

What's included?

As well as structured training and support, ICS volunteers receive:

  • visas
  • flights
  • travel
  • medical insurance
  • medication
  • vaccines
  • food and accommodation
  • a small allowance during their placement.

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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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