Sunday, June 16, 2019

VSO International Citizen Service (ICS) Volunteering Program 2019/2020 (Funded)

International Citizen Service (ICS) is a UK Government funded programme 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 and the ability to reach other young people. Our programmes are in Livelihoods, Health and Education.

Every ICS team is made up of volunteers from the country where the project is running, and volunteers from the United Kingdom and European Union.
All you need to take part in ICS is the ambition to make a difference.

We’re currently active in eight countries in Africa and Asia:
  • Bangladesh
  • Cambodia
  • Kenya
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
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  • 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, a stepping stone to future careers and a chance to make your world a better place.
  • Placements are 10-12 weeks in length, and you will receive structured training and support throughout.
  • Placements are unpaid, but you will receive all travel, food and accommodation, as well as a small living allowance. There is no cost to you to volunteer. 


  • Team Members
    You don’t need any special skills to take part in ICS, but you must:
    • be aged 18-25
    • be committed to living and volunteering away from home for 10-12 weeks
    • be willing to live in a family in the local community whilst on placement
    • be committed to continuing your work in your home community after your placement
    • not have taken part in ICS before – if you have, you can apply to be a Team Leader
    • be resident in the country you’re applying from
  • Team Leaders
    • 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:
    • be aged 23 – 35
    • have strong facilitation skills to help teams overcome challenges and achieve results
    • be able to build trust to support individuals through difficult times
    • be able to take an organised approach to project planning
    • have communication skills to maintain effective relationships with stakeholders
    • bring a mature and positive approach to challenges and realities of volunteering on ICS

How to Apply:
Your application should take about 20 minutes to complete, and you can save your progress and return later if needed.
  • You will need to submit details of two referees and two emergency contacts, so please have them ready before you start your application.
  • Before you start, let’s just check you are:
    • aware this is a voluntary placement, not a paid job
    • willing to volunteer and live away from home for 10-12 weeks
    • willing to live in a host home in another community
    • willing to do an Action at Home after your ICS placement has finished.
  • Please visit the website for link to apply bellow
  • Alternatively, you can also apply using this Word version of the ICS Application Form, which is compatible with screen readers. Once you've completed the form, save it and email it to