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Making a difference

ICS is not like other overseas volunteering programmes.

ICS is run by respected development organisations and funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID).

We don't offer ‘voluntourism.’ Our projects contribute directly towards ending poverty in line with the sustainable development goals.

Our programmes are designed with young volunteers in mind. Young people bring energy, creativity and they’re uniquely positioned to better reach other young people. By joining ICS you will be able to make a meaningful contribution towards reducing global poverty. Local ICS volunteers work alongside UK ICS volunteers, exchanging ideas and collaborating on finding effective solutions to real-life problems. This means that progress is focused and sustainable.

Recent activity

Last year:

  • 75,000 hours of volunteer time put in

  • 26,400 hours of peer education delivered

  • 14,600 hours of awareness raising carried out

  • 1,779 community infrastructure projects developed

  • 95% of our partners said working with ICS made their organisation better at creating positive change

Find out more about ICS or read our latest reports and evaluations.

Your ICS placement is about more than what you do while you're overseas