Volunteering abroad can be one of the most exciting and rewarding learning experiences of your life!
ICYE offers ethical international volunteering opportunities in more than 30 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. As a cultural programme, we don’t look for volunteers who have specialist knowledge or work experience in specific fields of work. All we ask if that you are open to new experiences, willing to learn new skills, and committed to intercultural understanding!
Why Volunteer with ICYE- our unique cultural and ethical approach.
Firstly, we believe in offering a true cultural immersion as part of our short-term and long-term programmes – how do we achieve this? Well, volunteer s work with local NGOs, which are run by local people and truly understand the challenges and reality of development projects in their country. Secondly, our volunteers also live with host families, which is a wonderful opportunity as it enables volunteers to integrate into the local community and also develop their language skills!
Finally, language lessons offered on the long-term programme and an opportunity to travel on both programmes means our volunteers can get to know a country with an entirely different social, economical and political situation.
So how are we ethical?
Well, not only have we been recognised as a United Nations Peace Messenger for our ideals in promoting peace through a cultural exchange, but we also follow ethical values such as transparency with costs, working with local partners, providing accommodation and project information pre-departure, extensive training and support and much more. Tourism Concern have approached ICYE UK to join their Ethical Volunteering Group, to work on developing a “Code of conduct” for all volunteering organisations, due to the way in which we work and we are delighted to be a part of that!
ICYE UK offers two main programmes:
The Long-term programme: 6 and 12 months
The Short-term programme: 4-16 weeks
Whichever programme you’re interested in, we will be able to find a volunteering placement to match your interests and needs.