Searching for something different to do during your seasonal breaks this year?
Currently running placements in Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania, Nigeria, Nepal, Kenya, Cambodia and Bangladesh, a UK Government-funded programme named the International Citizen Service (ICS) provides volunteer placements to 18-25 year olds and team leader placements to 23-35 year olds.
At ICS we’re really proud of the significant impact ICS Volunteers are making across the globe everyday. So, we caught up with some of the volunteers who are raising awareness of responsible volunteering in Cambodia, to see why it’s so important.https://t.co/eAiPeUEFtf
— ICS (@ICS_UK) May 27, 2019
Instead of taking a holiday on your lengthy study breaks, why not think about pursuing ICS?
Igniting your ambitions with rewarding roles that will forever shape you as a person, the programme matches your charitable interests with a 10-12 week placement in the country of your choice.
Opting for either a volunteer role or a team leader role, you can upgrade your CV with incredible skills and immerse yourself in a totally new environment.
Paired with structured training and support, ICS volunteers receive their visas, flights, travel and medical insurance, medication, vaccines, food and accommodation and a small allowance during their placement.
Ninety percent supported by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) funds, you don’t have to pay for ICS, but volunteer fundraising makes up just 10 percent of your funding.
After raising a minimum of £800, you’ll be supported by advisors throughout your fundraising process and be surrounded by fellow volunteers and staff who are also expected to work hard, challenge themselves, learn and develop.
Celebrate International Youth Day with #ICS! Interested? Register here and tag your ICS team mates. Our UK event is in London on Saturday 10th August. Find out what your #ICS team are up to now, take part in employment skills workshops, challenge the issue of #youth unemployment.
— ICS (@ICS_UK) May 23, 2019
ICS alumna, Ekta Gupta, describes her International Citizen Service in Kenya as “awe-inspiring and transformative.”
Speaking to Study International about her experience, Ekta explained that, “ICS was honestly a life-changing opportunity for me. Living and volunteering in Kenya, working with the youth in community workshops, meeting like-minded students from around the UK and making a real-world difference were just a few tokens I treasured since leaving the placement.
“There’s no doubt that this was the best thing I did during my university break. Teaching me the importance of fundraising, of managing proactive projects and how to be present, positive and engaged, I’ll always define ICS as inspirational.”
We know it can be daunting leaving your family to live a with #hostfamily across the globe. So this #InternationalDayofFamilies, we caught up with ICS volunteers to see what they discovered when they found a new #family away from home.https://t.co/pFa5Resg67
— ICS (@ICS_UK) May 15, 2019
For further information about ICS and the placement process, check out their website and see whether you’re eligible for an awe-inspiring experience of your own!
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