Short-term programme: 4 weeks – 16 weeks
Want to experience a real cultural immersion and volunteer for a local NGO, but only have a max of 4 months to spare? We offer short-term placements lasting from 4 to 16 weeks with flexible departure dates. No qualifications or previous experience are required – only enthusiasm and the willingness to absorb a new culture and way of life.
Placements can be arranged throughout the year and stays can be extended to include a period of travel before or after the project.
The programme is open to anyone aged 18 or over.
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.
Short term projects are varied and range from supporting street children, to providing outreach support and education; from promoting HIV and AIDS awareness to working towards environmental conservation; from developing women’s rights and human rights programmes to conducting research for development NGOs. We meet with all prospective volunteers to discuss project preferences and subsequently use this information to make recommendations based on our many years of experience in sending volunteers overseas. Being part of a federation of independent organisations’, means that all the projects are vetted and supported by our long-established partners abroad.
Most volunteers live with a host family, in order to gain a true, unique cultural experience and have the opportunity to 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.
Volunteers will receive a one to one pre-departure meeting designed to help prepare them for everything they may encounter whilst volunteering abroad, with specific advice and guidance given in relation to the country they will be volunteering in. The training also 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 their return.
During your placement:
Once volunteers have arrived in their host country, they will receive an orientation training to help acclimatise them to the new environment and prepare them for their placements. This includes advice about local customs, transport and health and safety. The orientation meeting is delivered by the ICYE office in country who are available for support right throughout the volunteer’s stay in the country. When the voluntary period has finished, volunteers will be asked to complete an evaluation giving honest feedback about their experience. Information will also be given by ICYE UK as to how they can continue to stay involved with ICYE on their return.