ICYE Nigeria

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is a legally registered Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) which started operations in 1982 as an independent establishment within a Christian organization in Lagos, Nigeria. ICYE Nigeria consists of a National Committee office with Staff and Co-workers (Co-workers are made of up returnees -out-going volunteers- who have gone on the exchange programme following their consistent commitment to the work of ICYE in the National office).

ICYE Nigeria aspires towards the development of the leadership of young people through living and working abroad between six months to one year. The exposure and experience of these young people as volunteers in a different environment and culture is of great benefit to them. These benefits include meeting new people, learning new language and culture, developing skills based on working environment.

Most volunteers stay with host families and residential voluntary service projects. Most placements are in the Lagos areas (a few in Kano – Northern Nigeria)

Voluntary service projects include SOS children villages, women’s projects, local development projects, work with disabled, youth training centres, teacher’s assistants in nursery schools.


The Federal Republic of Nigeria is a Federal Constitutional Republic comprising thirty six states and one Federal Capital Territory. The Country is located in West Africa and shares land borders with the Republic of Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east and Niger in the north. Its coast lies on the Gulf of Guinea, a part of the Atlantic Ocean in the South. The capital city is Abuja. The three largest and most influential ethnic groups in Nigeria are the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.

The people of Nigeria have an extensive history and archaeological evidence shows that human habitation of the area dates back to at least 9000 BC. The Benue-Cross River area is thought to be the original homeland of the Bantu migrants who spread across most of central and southern Africa in waves between the 1st millennium BC and the 2nd millennium.

Nigeria has more than 250 ethnic groups with varying languages and customs creating a country of rich ethnic diversity. The main languages are Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba and there are over 500 spoken languages including English (Official).

The cultural diversity coupled with the natural beauty in real African setting that attracts people all over the world makes Nigeria a curious and one of the most interesting places in the world.

Nigeria is important for Bio-Diversity. Nigeria possesses a wide range of ecosystem. These range from tropical rain forest on the central, eastern and North-Eastern highlands and wetlands in the coastal and inland regions to the sub-Saharan in the North. Nigeria supports a wide species of animal and birds, which cannot be found in any part of the world.

Projects available

In Nigeria you can volunteer in the areas of Education, Youth Work, Community Development, Health Care & HIV/AIDS awareness, Women’s Empowerment,

Read our volunteer case studies to find out more.