Ever considered volunteering abroad?
Raleigh ICS (International Citizen Service) is a UK government funded development programme. It brings together young people to help drive genuine change in some of the world’s poorest communities.
Their programmes are based in Tanzania and Nicaragua. Programmes focus either on supporting communities to access safe water and sanitation, or on working with local entrepreneurs and cooperatives to generate incomes and employment.
Anyone aged 18-25 can apply to volunteer. No skills or qualifications are needed. Those aged 23 and over (no upper age limit) can apply to be Team Leaders. Volunteers work in groups split 50:50 between UK and local young people, and led by two Team Leaders.
ICS is funded by DfID, so volunteers’ flights, travel expenses, visas, vaccinations, food and accommodation are covered. We do also ask volunteers to fund-raise (usually a minimum of £800); this is a means-tested process, and a great deal of support is provided for this aspect of the programme.
Programmes last for 12 weeks for volunteers and 15 weeks for Team Leaders, and departures take place three times a year, in Autumn, Spring and Summer.
Find out more and apply on their website: Raleigh ICS