ICS is a development programme that brings together young people from the UK and developing countries to volunteer in some of the poorest communities in Africa and Asia.

UK volunteers work side-by-side with local volunteers in developing countries while staying with host families, this ensures you are an integral part of the local community.

ICS isn't a holiday. It's demanding but hugely rewarding. You will be working with overseas projects and partners who will make the most of your energy and passion.

It's a great opportunity for personal development, a stepping stone to future careers and a chance to make your world a better place.

Projects and roles vary on the ICS programme, but VSO ICS volunteers work on projects that are genuinely helping communities lift themselves out of poverty.

Projects that aim to:

  • Lower youth unemployment
  • Grow small businesses
  • Increase access to education
  • Give young people more influence
  • Raise awareness of health issues
  • Tackle climate change

We ask our volunteers to commit to 10-12 week placements as we know it takes time to understand a community and its issues.