VSO ICS gives anyone aged 18-25 a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend 3 months volunteering abroad in Africa or Asia, working with in-country volunteers, contributing directly to genuine development projects.
It’s an opportunity to experience another culture, challenge yourself and develop transferrable skills to bring back with you. The three months volunteering could be part of post-school or college skills development, a gap year or a career break.
The scheme supports people from all backgrounds and also welcomes applications from those who may have specific needs or disabilities.
You do not have to pay to volunteer with ICS, but we do ask you to do some fundraising before you go overseas. This is a key part of the programme as it helps you develop skills as well as raising awareness of international development.
We only work with organisations and projects who have specifically requested our help so you know you are making a real contribution to fighting poverty.
You will encounter and help tackle some of the biggest issues of our world today. Like how young people can fulfil their potential, widening opportunities for people who lack formal education and how to prevent more people from being affected by HIV and AIDS.
You will be working alongside volunteers from the country you are in, helping you gain a better understanding of the challenges faced in that country and life outside the UK.
At the end of the programme you will bring all this knowledge back to the UK with you, as well as important skills such as team-working, communication, negotiation and decision making. The experience gained could help you choose a career path or find a job as well as having made some great friends.
VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries.
VSO's high-impact approach involves bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action, and change lives to make the world a fairer place for all.