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Who can be an ICS volunteer?


ICS is open to 18-25 year olds regardless of income, qualifications, disability and work history.

But you must:

  • Be aged 18-25 at the time you take up your placement (you can apply at 17 if you will be 18 by the time you leave)
  • Be a British, European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) citizen with either a current UK address, or indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  • Have lived in the UK for at least the last 12 months
  • Be committed to fundraise at least £800
  • Be able to stay away from home for 10 to 12 weeks during your placement
  • Be committed to sharing your experience with others and taking action in your local community when you return

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If you’re not a UK, EU or EEA citizen, you may be able to take part in ICS if there are programmes running in your country. See our list of country offices.

VSO ICS volunteer Samira Hashi with her counterpart Sopheak and the family she stayed with - Mother Somali and her daughter Kai

VSO ICS volunteer Samira Hashi with her counterpart Sopheak and the family she stayed with - Mother Somali and her daughter Kai

What's a British citizen?

Generally, anyone with a British passport is a British citizen. Check if you're a British citizen.

What's an EU/EEA citizen?

Each EU country lays down different rules ofr citizenship. The EU countries are:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

The EEA includes EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Swiss nationals have the same rights as EEA nationals too.

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