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International Citizen Service

International Citizen Service (PA Copyright)What is it?

International Citizen Service (ICS) is a global volunteering experience for young people from all backgrounds to make a real difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to work in Africa, Asia or Latin America for 3 months on projects to improve people’s lives. You’ll live in the community, working in small groups or teams, often with volunteers from the country you’re working in.  You’ll meet new people, learn a lot about poverty and how to change things for the better. You’ll also develop loads of new skills which will be useful throughout life and will help you get a job, like team work, leadership, and planning.  Placements are available from June 2011 – April 2012.

How can I get involved?

If you live in the UK and are aged 18 – 22 (including those with indefinite leave to remain in the UK or EU/EEA citizens currently living in the UK), you’re eligible for the programme. No specific skills or qualifications are needed, but you’ll have to demonstrate motivation and commitment to help others and aptitudes such as the ability to communicate and work well with others.

The initial application is on-line and is followed by an assessment day – see the section below for more details. ICS is free for people on low incomes; for others, the contribution you need to make to the costs will depend on your household’s income. For more information see the Department for International Development (DfID) website.

Where can I find out more?

There’s more information on the programme and application process at: