International Citizen Service (ICS) is a UK Government funded program providing volunteer placements to 18-25-year-olds, and Team Leader placements to 23-35-year-olds in a number of countries around the world. ICS makes the most of the unique contribution young people can bring to development – passion; energy as well as the ability to reach other young people. Our programs are in Livelihoods, Health and Education. Every ICS team constitutes volunteers from the EU, the UK and the country where the project is running.
Volunteers work side-by-side with partners from the UK, staying with local families in the community and working on community development projects. ICS is demanding but hugely rewarding. It’s a great opportunity for personal development. As well as a stepping stone to future careers and a chance to make your world a better place.
Currently, ICS is active in eight countries in Africa and Asia:
Placements are unpaid, but you will receive all travel, food, and accommodation, as well as a small living allowance. There is no cost for you to volunteer.
You don’t need any special skills to take part in ICS, but you must:
Spending between three and eight months on placement, you’ll support and manage a diverse group of young people working together to benefit your host community. Team Leaders work in pairs, so you will have a counterpart volunteer from the UK.
In order to volunteer as a Team Leader, you must meet the same criteria as for Team Members. In addition, you must:
To become a participant of the ICS Volunteer Program, applicants must fill up the online form available at the website. Further, the candidates should specify whether they will volunteer as a team member or as a team leader.