Volunteering opportunities

We receive a selection of interesting opportunities for volunteering that aren’t properly job ads but may be of interest to MP staff.  We’ll feature them here.

Inter-Cultural Youth Exchange (Closes 26 Mar 2018)

Volunteering with ICYE UK provides a transformational experience with real impact.

Our ethical programme promotes peace and intercultural awareness, helping to fulfil our mission through culture sharing and by encouraging young people to live, learn and work together.

Whether you join us for 6 or 12 months, you’ll work with local NGOs in countries throughout Africa, (Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Togo and Uganda), Latin America, (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Asia, (India, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam) and Europe, (Russia). http://www.icye.org.uk/where-can-i-go/.

Our volunteers support impactful projects that matter. These include:
– Promoting human and women’s rights
– Supporting those with disabilities or affected by HIV/AIDS
– Working on education projects or environmental conservation
– Rehabilitating street children
– Creating community development programmes.
Through your project, you’ll benefit from personal and professional development, giving you the chance to share cultures and ideas, and gain new skills and experience. In fact, many of our volunteers develop ongoing relationships with their projects and continue to offer support after the placement.

This is a truly immersive experience where you get to fully experience a new culture. You will live in a homestay with a host family, helping you to develop language skills, alongside language lessons to help you become fluent. By living as part of the community, you’ll also meet new people and make international friends.

We know that volunteering overseas can seem daunting, but we’re supportive every step of the way. Before your placement, we offer 3-day residential training with fellow volunteers in intercultural awareness and we provide extensive pre- and post-trip support, including how to fundraise for your travels. To make life easier, our all-inclusive placement fee includes flights, transfers, accommodation, food, and insurance, so you know that everything is covered.

What are you waiting for? Start your transformation now – who knows where it might take you?

To find out more and to make an appointment for an informal interview, please contact Cat at info@icye.org.uk. The interview will enable us to find out more about what you are looking for and after which, we will invite you to submit an application form.

For further information please visit http://www.icye.org.uk/long-term-volunteering/.

For our 6 months and 12 months programme, start dates are August and February each year. The closing date for August departure is April 30th and the closing date for a February departure is November 30th. Interview dates are ongoing.

Raleigh International Citizen Service (closes 16 February 2018)

Are you 18-25 and a UK citizen or an EU citizen who has lived in the UK for 12 months?

If so, then Raleigh International Citizen Service (ICS) could be the volunteering programme for you! ICS is funded by the UK government. This means your flights, visas, vaccines, training, food, accommodation and travel are all covered.

Currently, we are recruiting for our 10-week Nepal placement, starting in April. Places are filling fast so apply as soon as possible to secure a place.

Volunteering in Nepal

As one of the world’s poorest countries, Nepal took a huge hit following the earthquake in 2015. Thousands of people lost their lives and much of its infrastructure was damaged.

Our work in the country focuses on strengthening the lives of people in regions badly impacted by the earthquake. You will live with local families and work in a team of UK and Nepali volunteers to create a better future for the community.

“I have experienced many things from seeing destroyed houses still filled with possessions, to being embraced into families even though you’re from a different background. It has really opened myself up to the world and put life into perspective”, Charlotte, ICS Volunteer in Nepal

You could work on the following projects:

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH)

On our WASH projects you will be working with the community to improve access to clean water and sanitation facilities. During your placement you could be involved in a variety of activities such as research into current hygiene practises, awareness raising sessions or the construction of handwashing stations and toilet blocks.


On our Livelihoods projects you will be working with women and young people who are interested in setting up their own sustainable businesses. You will help them research supply and demand, work on their business plans and cash flows and write a pitch with them so they can request money from investors.

Don’t worry if you are not an expert in either of these areas, full training will be given before you go.

ICS isn’t a holiday.  It’s demanding but hugely rewarding.  It’s a great opportunity for personal development, a stepping stone to future careers and a chance to make your world a better place.

The link to more information is here: https://raleighinternational.org/ics

The closing date for the opportunity is 16 February.