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Y Care International ICS

Y Care is part of the largest youth movement in the world – the YMCA.

We work with YMCAs and youth organisations around the world to support young people with practical help, providing skills training and information, and to help them secure fair access to the support they need.

Together we can build a more just world, free from poverty.

We are one of the few organisations worldwide that focuses exclusively on young people. Young people have the power to transform their communities, as well as their own lives. We support them to do that. You can too.

    Aude teaches UK volunteer Brandon Johnstone some basics of local language Wolof
    © ICS / Y Care / Javier Acebal
    Aude teaches UK volunteer Brandon Johnstone some basics of local language Wolof

    Destination countries

    As a Y Care International ICS volunteer you could go to:

    Types of project

    Y Care International partners with local YMCAs around the world who have in-depth knowledge of local conditions. Projects focus on working with young people in the following ways:

    • Jobs  – to learn the skills they need to earn a living
    • Health – to provide key healthcare information and services
    • Resilience – to prepare for disasters like floods or earthquakes 
    • Campaigning – to influence people in power and demand better services

    For example, you could help young people in slums to speak out for improvements or with young people in the youth justice system to claim their rights. You could develop safe spaces to play sport, educate young people on drug use, or help them tackle health issues such as HIV.

    ICS volunteer Will Warrilow teaches English to the children of his host family in Ziguinchor, Senegal
    © ICS / Y Care / Javier Acebal
    ICS volunteer Will Warrilow teaches English to the children of his host family in Ziguinchor, Senegal
    Over the course of 12 weeks my preconceptions of the trip were quickly dispelled and I think we all came away with lessons in humility and community which will shape our futures. Working with people with such open and warm hearts has truly inspired me.
    Rachel Gauntley
    Birisiri, Bangladesh, 2014
    Rachel Gauntley

    How it works

    You’ll be part of a group of between six to ten UK volunteers and teamed up with local volunteers when you arrive in the country you’re visiting. 

    You will be fully supported by a Team Leader and local YMCA staff. You will stay in a home of a family from the local community. Through living and working with people in a different culture, you will learn a lot about the community you are based in. 

    Volunteer placements are available throughout the year.

    Apply now

    If you’re ready for the challenge, fill in the online application form and select Y Care International 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.

    Are you ready to apply?