Volunteering Overseas

Volunteering Overseas

Posted in Student Experiences on Feb 10, 2018 by

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• Young people collecting A-Level results on 15 August  2013 encouraged to build work and life skills through international volunteering opportunity – International Citizen Service (ICS)
• Nearly two thirds (62 per cent) of business leaders agreed that international volunteering can equip young people with the skills for work in the UK (YouGov poll of 500 UK businesses)
• 83 per of UK volunteers and 95 per cent of volunteers from developing countries rate ICS as useful for professional development
Young people collecting A-Level results on 15 August are being encouraged to take up an overseas volunteering challenge to help them build work and life skills.
International Citizen Service (ICS) is calling for 18-25 year olds to apply now, whether they are looking to take time out, plan their next education or career move or simply looking for a new challenge
ICS is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and brings together young people in the UK, from all walks of life, with young people from 24 developing countries to fight poverty. The scheme offers young people the chance to develop personally and learn about team working and leadership on projects that are of genuine value to communities around the world. On return to the UK, ICS volunteers undertake an ‘Action at Home Project’, ensuring that their new skills also benefit their local communities. The programme is led by VSO in partnership with respected development organisations.
To find out more visit www.ics-uk.org.uk or call 0208 780 7400.
• 2,800 students in Nepal reached through peer education sessions on sanitation, HIV/AIDs awareness and life skills. Evaluation of this activity has shown an increase from 53.8% to 91.6% of young people refuting at least 3 local HIV myths
• A Right Education tour organised for two Palestinian students to come to the UK and raise awareness of the barriers to education in the Occupied Palestinian territories
• ICS volunteers from India supported to join with letsdoitmysore.com, a global movement to clean up rubbish from the streets, building involvement of local community members
What ICS volunteers say...
Nushrath Khandoker (19, from Barnet, volunteered with VSO ICS in Bangladesh from Jun-Sept 2012)
“Before ICS I was studying for my A-Levels and had planned to take a gap year. I knew I wanted to go abroad but most of the volunteering programmes were just too expensive for me, but then I found ICS. I worked in a rural village to conduct a needs assessment, help develop a dairy co-operative, improve sanitation and waste disposal services, and increase hygiene education. We spoke to government officials and we brought them to the villagers. We made endless phone calls, sent emails and set up meetings. Most importantly we worked tirelessly to pass on these skills to the youth club members.” Nushrath is expecting to go to university in September 2013.
Jack Rayner (21, from Swindon, volunteered with Restless Development ICS in India from Feb-Apr 2012)
“I left college after my first year and was working in a call centre selling insurance, but I wanted a new challenge. I worked on a civic participation and livelihoods project in India and delivered sessions to school children exploring themes like human rights and democracy. My whole experience has really given me a new perspective and motivation for work. I’m back in college now doing science AS levels and I’m interested in going into medicine; it’s ICS that has been the game changer for me.”