ICS Volunteering

What's it all about?

International Citizen Service (ICS) is a once-in-a-lifetime volunteering opportunity open to all 18-25 year olds, funded by the UK Government. It's a development programme that brings together young people from the UK and developing countries to volunteer in some of the poorest communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. UK volunteers work side-by-side with local volunteers in developing countries, staying with host families in the local community.

For full details of this opportunity, including up-to-date information, you should consult the opportunity provider's website. This link is provided by British Council for your information only and should not be considered a recommendation or an endorsement by us in relation to the opportunity, content and views contained in the linked website. See our Terms of Use for more information.

Where can I go?

Countries that are available through the International Citizen Service are:

Africa Asia  Latin America
Burkina Faso Bangladesh El Salvador
Chana Cambodia Honduras
Kenya India Nicaragua
Liberia Nepal  
South Africa    

What does it cost?

ICS is funded by the UK Government so it doesn’t cost you anything, however if accepted onto the programme you’ll be expected to fundraise at least £800.

Am I eligible?

To go on an ICS volunteer placement, you must be: 

  • A UK, EU or EEA citizens with a current UK address
  • Have lived in the UK for at least the last 12 months
  • Aged 18-25 years old when you go overseas (23-35 for Team Leaders)
  • Are committed to fundraising at least £800
  • Can commit to 10-12 weeks overseas

Why should I apply?

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. The programme is led by VSO in partnership with a hand-picked group of respected development organisations. They each offer structured support and training to help and guide you before, during and after your overseas placement. You don’t need cash, skills or qualifications to apply for ICS – just the ambition to make a difference.

How do I apply?

Information about the application process can be found in the ICS website. Please note that ICS recommends you apply as soon as you can, but you should leave at least three months before you wish to go oversees.