International Citizen Service

20,000 chances to change the world

This week we’re celebrating 22-year-old Tania Tuzizila from Croydon, who’s travelling hundreds of miles to volunteer in Cambodia.

Tania is a former refugee from the DRC and is an aspiring midwife – but those aren’t the only things that make her special. She’ll be the 20,000th young person to volunteer through the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.

Share our volunteers' adventures in these amazing timelapse films

What's it really like to be a VSO volunteer? Share in the experiences of two of our volunteers, Chloe and Penny, who filmed a second of their experiences a day to make short films that show the VSO volunteer journey.

Find out more by chatting to volunteers in our open-to-all webinar this Thursday at 6.30pm GMT.

A chance to give something back

Emeline Muhawenimana's early memories of being a refugee as her family fled civil war-torn Rwanda and the kindess they experienced along the way instilled in her a strong desire to give something back. Trading in her 9-5 for three months working with women on the fringes of society in Bangladesh, her experience shows how volunteering changes you and the people around you for the better. 

Samira Hashi attempts to ‘Live Below the Line’

When Samira Hashi’s not modelling for Vivienne Westwood, Mulberry or Selfridges, she’s working on anti-FGM documentaries like ‘Escape From the World's Most Dangerous Place’ with Scarlett Johansson. The former VSO ICS Cambodia Volunteer has swapped the catwalk for carbs, as she attempts the ‘Live Below the Line’ challenge. Samira blogs about her experience so far...

Why ICS?

After spending 14 months working for VSO Supporter Care team, VSO ICS volunteer Lydia decided it was time to experience volunteering firsthand.