VSO ICS volunteer and qualified basketball coach Asma Elbadawi during an evening training session with male and female students from Lindi secondary school. Part of the VSO / ICS Elimu Fursa project

Youth Volunteering (ICS)

If you're 18-35 years old you could volunteer in one of seven countries in Africa and Asia for 10-12 weeks with International Citizen Service (ICS)

ICS Programme Update

The ICS programme is currently on pause. The current contract for ICS, delivered by VSO in partnership with Restless Development and Raleigh International, will come to its planned end in December 2020. This means that we cannot accept further applications for the scheme at this time.

Read our full update

Challenge yourself to change your world

ICS volunteer in Tanzania
VSO/Andrew Aitchison

International Citizen Service (ICS) is a UK Government funded programme providing volunteer placements to 18-25 year olds and Team Leader placements to 23-35 year olds.

With ICS:

  • All travel, vaccinations, expenses, insurance and accommodation are organised and paid for
  • You'll live and work in local communities as part of a team made up of British and local volunteers
  • You'll receive comprehensive training before you go and full in-country support from local staff
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The ICS programme launched in 2011 and since then nearly 40,000 young people have volunteered across the world.


92% of partners involved in ICS have said that their organisation is better able to bring positive change.


74% of ICS volunteers say the experience has been very useful for their career development.

Where you can volunteer

ICS volunteers in Kenya march to raise awareness of education rights for all
VSO/Paul Wambugu

ICS has projects in some of the poorest communities around the world.

ICS is currently active in seven countries. Learn more about where you could volunteer in Africa and Asia and the types of project you could be a part of. 

Where you could volunteer with ICS

Our partners

ICS is funded by the UK Government's Department for International Development, which leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty.

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ICS is run by a consortium of experienced and respected development organisations, led by VSO. 

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ICS stories

A team of female ICS volunteers crouch down and pose together

The power of youth volunteering: Eight years of impact in eight ICS projects

Since 2011, more than 38,000 young people have taken part in ICS. Eight years later, we celebrate eight of our favourite moments of ICS impact.

Students Learning Kenya sign language from VSO volunteers
VSO/ Paul Wambugu

Meet the young activists fighting for Deaf rights

A bespoke project in Kenya is bringing together Deaf people from the UK and Kenya to make their voices heard. Youth volunteers Raabia, a young filmmaker from the UK, and her Kenyan counterpart, Enock, explain how badly marginalised Deaf people continue to be in both countries – and what they’re doing to help.

Sarah at Community Youth Concern in Zambia

Condoms, Christ and sex positions: Sarah’s work reducing teen pregnancy in Zambia

Young people in the UK and in Zambia have exactly the same needs. The difference is that in Zambia they face poverty on a whole different scale

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