Restless development ics - The Student Room

International Citizen Service offers you the chance to use the knowledge and skills from your course to help fight global poverty.

Restless Development is the youth-led development agency. We know that young people have the energy, commitment and skills to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. International Citizen Service (ICS) is the UK’s leading global volunteering programme that supports young people from all backgrounds to make a real difference to global poverty. Funded by the Department for International Development, Restless Development’s ICS programme is building a generation of global citizens across the UK and in developing countries.

On a 10+ week placement, you’ll work with young people on exciting and valuable programmes that focus on one of our three goal areas: livelihoods and employment, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and civic participation. When you return to the UK, you’ll be involved in social action projects to raise awareness of the issues you encountered on placement overseas.



Our ICS volunteers work alongside local volunteers in: India, Nepal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


ICS is open to 18-25 year olds, with limited places available for Leaders aged 23+. You do not need particular skills or qualifications. We are looking for a diverse range of young people with commitment, enthusiasm and an interest in our work. Leaders are expected to have overseas volunteering/work experience and/or experience of supporting groups of people. Most volunteers are asked to raise £800 to take part in ICS. You’ll be given one-to-one support by our professional fundraisers. Importantly, no one will be excluded for financial reasons.


Whatever subject you’re studying, Restless Development’s ICS programme offers you the chance to use the knowledge and skills from your course to help fight global poverty. We all know that employers are attaching more importance to extra-curricular activities such as volunteering. From enhancing your teamwork and communication skills, to proving your reliability and commitment, an ICS placement will ensure your CV stands out as being dynamic and interesting.


We have placements throughout the year until 2015. Applications must be submitted several months before departure. Apply now for a placement during your summer break or after graduation.

“ICS gave me the crucial extra experience I needed to jump off the volunteer board and into a paid job in the international development sector.” Tabitha, ICS volunteer and University of Manchester graduate. Read more from Tabitha. Find out more about Restless Development on our website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn or email [email protected]