VSO ICS for 18-25 year olds
VSO ICS is a UK government funded programme that gives anyone aged 18-25 a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend three months volunteering abroad in Africa or Asia. Working alongside young in-country volunteers, you will contribute 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, or a career break.
You don’t need cash, skills or qualifications to take part in VSO ICS – just the ambition to make a difference.
International Citizen Service (ICS) is the UK’s leading global volunteering programme for young people who want to do voluntary development work abroad. ICS brings together young people from different countries to fight poverty – with volunteers from the UK working alongside volunteers from the developing world.
We only work with projects that have specifically requested our help – and where the energy and skills of young volunteers can make a direct impact. Each project is designed to fight poverty and make a lasting difference by working with local people to meet local needs. So when you volunteer with ICS you won’t just think you will make a difference, you’ll know you will.
Funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), ICS is led by VSO, in partnership with a number of respected development organisations. All in-country projects are run by partners with expertise in international and youth volunteering. Each partner is working towards three development outcomes:
- Project impact overseas
- Volunteer personal development
Active citizens in the UK and overseas
The ICS consortium are a group of organisations that, between them, bring a wealth of overseas volunteering and development experience to the programme, and allows the ICS scheme to support achievement of multiple Millennium Development Goals.
Collectively, the ICS agencies work directly with over 3000 international volunteers every year and have partnerships in over 60 countries.
The volunteer sending agencies in the consortium are:
- International Service
- Raleigh International
- Restless Development
- Skillshare International