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Raleigh International Citizen Service (ICS)

Raleigh International Citizen Service (ICS) is a UK government funded development programme. It brings together young people to fight poverty in developing countries.

It’s your chance to spend 10-12 weeks living overseas. You will be part of a team of UK and local volunteers and empower people in a rural community to create lasting change.

You don’t need cash or qualifications to take part, just the ambition to make a difference. Raleigh ICS will change your life and the lives of others.

What will I achieve?

  • Positive impact on communities and individuals. Create lasting change for people living in poverty.
  • Valuable skills that you can use in the future. Gain experience that will benefit you and your career.
  • Inspiration to make change. Make a difference in your own community when you return home.

What will I do?

  • Help to improve people’s access to safe water and sanitation.
  • Support young people to set up local businesses and enterprises.

We’ll choose the best placement for you based on your skills, interests and the needs of the community.

  • Listen – you will get to know the communities, find out what problems they are facing and how to find solutions together.
  • Talk – you will work with individuals, youth groups, or whole communities to build their skills, knowledge and change attitudes.
  • Show – you will run awareness raising sessions and training workshops to inspire people to change behaviours.
  • Work hard – days will be busy. We don’t give up until we get the job done, whether that is building a new water system or setting up a women’s group. You’ll be learning lots too.

Who can apply?

If you’re 18-25, open-minded, happy to work with others, and committed to making a difference, then you can apply to be a volunteer.

We also have team leader roles available if you’re aged 23-35.

Raleigh ICS is funded by UK Government, so all costs of your flights, visas, vaccines, training, food and accommodation are covered. All we ask is that you fundraise a minimum of £800 to show your commitment to the programme. This goes towards the programme as a whole.

Raleigh ICS is your opportunity to challenge yourself to change your world.

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