We were founded in 1953 on the principle that volunteers can deliver positive change in communities around the world. In 2011, we began offering volunteering placements as part of the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.

ICS is a youth volunteering scheme funded by the UK government, which brings together young people from the UK and across the world to work together to address poverty and become active global citizens.

18-35 year-olds from the UK volunteer alongside young people from each country on 10-12 week placements. Our ICS volunteers have contributed to our projects in Bolivia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Brazil, Ghana, Malawi, Palestine and Rwanda, and have played a significant role in enabling our partners to become more sustainable in their work, and have a greater impact in their communities.

Our volunteers have provided the people-power, ideas and momentum that our partners need. They've worked alongside TradeAID to accredit Africa's first Fair Trade town; they've recruited and trained peer educators who can turn the tide on HIV/AIDS; they've harnessed the power of sport to tackle the stigma around disability.

ICS has delivered over 30,000 successful volunteering placements so far, and we're proud of all of the incredible work that our volunteers have achieved in the last six years.

The ICS scheme is fully funded by UK Aid.