What is the Short-Term programme?
Our transformational experiences are also for those who want to experience a real cultural immersion through volunteering for a local NGO, but who only have a short time to spare!
We offer placements lasting 4 to 16 weeks with flexible departure dates.
Who is the Short-Term Programme for?
This programme is for anyone aged 18 and over and is suitable for anyone hoping to gain an insight into a new culture while volunteering for projects that matter.
We do not recruit on the basis of qualifications or skills, just an enthusiasm for cultural learning.
Where can I go and when are the departures?
Short-term participants can volunteer in countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. See our interactive map to find out where you can volunteer.
Departures are flexible and can be arranged throughout the year and stays can also be extended to include a period of travel before or after the project.
What project can I volunteer at?
Our immersive Short-Term programme gives volunteers the opportunity to support local-run projects that matter. Projects are varied and a full database with over 800 projects can be viewed at www.icye.org Examples include:
- Supporting street children by providing outreach support and education
- Promoting HIV and AIDS awareness
- Environmental conservation
- Women’s rights and human rights programmes
- Conducting research for development NGOs.
- What is the application process?
Firstly, we recommend coming to our office for an informal interview before submitting an application form. This is so we can discuss your project preferences and use this information to make recommendations of suitable projects based on our many years of experience in sending volunteers overseas.
Short-Term volunteers can choose their project preferences and it is the ICYE office in country, as well as the projects, who decide if they are able to host you, based your application form, motivations and interests.
Where will I stay?
Our Impactful Short-Term Programme means volunteers can fully experience a new culture through living with a host family and becoming part of the community. Living with a local family means volunteers can speak the local language every day! Many of the host families have had their own children or family members also volunteer abroad on the ICYE programme.
You can opt to live independently or at a project if you prefer, although this can limit your project choice as not every project can provide accommodation.
What training do you provide?
Our Supportive Short-Term Programme means quality training and supportive comes as standard. We work closely with our ICYE partners around the world to help you prepare for your placement, to support you whilst you’re there and when you return.
Before your departure
You will receive a one to one pre-departure, with specific advice and guidance given in relation to the country where you will be volunteering. The training covers important topics such as inter-cultural awareness, the rights and responsibilities of a volunteer, conflict resolution and the support offered in case of a problem and ways to stay involved with ICYE UK on your return.
During your placement
Once you have arrived, you will receive an orientation training, delivered by the ICYE office in-country, to help acclimatise you to the new environment. This meeting includes advice about local customs, transport and health and safety. When the voluntary period has finished, you will be asked to complete an evaluation giving honest feedback about your experience.
After returning home
You’ll be invited to a group training day to consolidate all the new skills you will have developed and to share stories and experiences with fellow volunteers. We often have an external facilitator come in to help volunteers with CV writing and interview techniques too.