Spend 10-12 weeks overseas as an International Development volunteer
This opportunity will build confidence in working in a team, cross-cultural communication, critical thinking, self confidence and leadership.
Projects and roles vary, VSO ICS volunteers are working on a range of projects based on six core areas:
- Youth unemployment
- Growing small businesses and entrepreneurship
- Youth leadership
- Health awareness raising
- Climate change
- Support small businesses
So you could be helping to educate other young people, setting up youth clubs, carrying out research into health service access, or creating campaigns for social change.
On one of our business oriented programmes you might be working with a local entrepreneur, helping them to promote their business.
You'll be part of a group of 5 to 10 volunteers from the UK, supported by two full-time Team Leaders – one from the UK and one from the country you're based in.
Once you arrive, you'll work with local volunteers, learning from each other and sharing ideas. You will live with a host family, who will help you integrate with the community and understand the culture.
You will also help organise and take part in community action days, designed to address specific issues such as sexual health, hygiene and computer skills. This means you can have a broader impact on the local community, beyond your specific project placement.
I always felt safe and secure, my host family was great and my team looked after each other really well.
- Jessica Ewing, volunteered in Mozambique
You don’t have to pay to volunteer with VSO ICS, but we do ask you to do some fundraising before you go abroad. This is a great opportunity to gain new skills and have fun, as well as raising awareness of international development. All volunteers have a target of at least £800.
You’ll receive one-to-one support, with lots of practical tips and materials to help you enjoy fundraising and smash your target.
You need the ambition to make a difference. 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.
There is no salary but each volunteer is given a living allowance during placement.
There are departure dates throughout the year, you just have to let us know when you will be available to depart for 3 months.
I've had countless new experiences… I see a future filled with possibilities and opportunities to give back to society.
- Laura Jackson, volunteered in Ghana