Contact: Frances Pugh
Phone: 02071831270
Raleigh International
52 Horseferry Road
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We believe that young people can change the world.

International Citizen Service (ICS) is a UK government funded development programme that brings together young people to make a difference in some of the world's poorest communities. Raleigh ICS sees volunteers from the UK spending 12 weeks living and working in remote rural communities in Tanzania or Nicaragua; working in teams made up of a 1:1 ratio of UK to local volunteers.

Raleigh ICS programmes focus on providing access to safe water and sanitation, protecting vulnerable environments, climate change and building resilient communities. You and your team will work on a range of projects: raising awareness of issues, giving training, helping to build infrastructure and organising events with the community.

On completing the 12 week placement, you will be given additional training to help you develop an Action at Home project. This is your opportunity to inspire and positively change your own community through the passion and skills gained on your work placement.

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¿Hablas español? Join Raleigh ICS and lead a team of UK and Nicaraguan volunteers.

We’re looking for Spanish speakers to support teams of volunteers aged 18-25 on sustainable development projects in Nicaragua. Raleigh ICS is your opportunity to become fully immersed in a Spanish-speaking community, whilst working with motivated do-ers to inspire and empower local communities and young people to create lasting behaviour change.

Raleigh ICS is a UK government funded development programme, which brings together young people to drive lasting change in some of the world’s poorest communities. Our projects in Nicaragua focus on improving access to water and sanitation, and supporting young entrepreneurs in rural communities to set up businesses and build sustainable livelihoods.

You will work alongside a local Team Leader, and together you will support and facilitate a team split 50:50 between UK and local volunteers.

You will live with a host family and be closely integrated into community life. Your Spanish skills will be essential in enabling you to communicate with your team of volunteers, the communities with which you will be working, and with the local partner organisations who support your project. This communication is crucial in ensuring that ICS projects genuinely effect lasting change.

Raleigh ICS is funded by DFID, so all flights, travel, visas, vaccinations, food and accommodation are covered.

Find out more and apply on the ICS website

  • Children
  • Conservation - General
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Environment
  • Healthcare / Medical
  • Human Rights
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Women
  • Young People


Suitability and Volunteering Roles

Volunteering Roles:
  • Agriculture / Farming / Forestry
  • Building / Construction / DIY
  • Campaigning
  • Community Work
  • Conservation
  • First Aid
  • Fundraising
  • International Aid / Relief
  • Outdoor activities
  • Research
  • Social Work
  • Teaching - Children
  • Technical Skills
  • Training
  • Translating
Volunteering Type:
  • Individual Volunteering
Work Alone or With Others:

In teams made up of a 50:50 mix of UK volunteers and local volunteers.

Police Check

All those working with children and vulnerable people will have a complete criminal records check

Child Protection

This organisation has a child protection policy

Liability Insurance

Volunteers working with this organisation are covered by legal liability insurance

Volunteers Placed Each Year



  • Tanzania, Africa
  • Nicaragua, South America
  • India, Asia

You do not need skills or qualifications to apply. You simply need enthusiasm, commitment and a positive attitude. Team leaders (23+) must have experience of working in a leadership role or with young people, problem-solving skills and an ability to communicate and empathise with a wide range of people.

Cost To Volunteer:

Volunteers will be expected to raise at least £800.


18 to 25 years old

Weeks min/max

Weeks from 12 up to 12 per year

Hours min/max:

Hours from 20 up to 1 per week

When to Apply:

As soon as possible.

Start Months:
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

Additional Information


Volunteers will stay with local families. All accommodation and food will be provided.


Personal items only - practical sensible clothing. A kit list will be provided but no specialist equipment will be needed - this will be provided by Raleigh.

Local Information:

Nicaragua and Tanzania.


Online application. Successful applicants will be invited to an assessment day, which will involve team working, problem solving and an interview.


Once selected, volunteers must attend a training weekend in order to go on placement. There will be a choice of 3-4 weekends per round of departures. Further training will be carried out in country (around 5-7 days) and there will also be a debrief training session within one month of volunteers returning to help them plan their Action at Home section of the programme.


Once volunteers are selected they will be assigned a Volunteer Coordinator who will provide them with all the information they need relating to visas, flights, vaccines etc. Volunteers will also have a contact who is a professional fundraiser, to offer advice about fundraising. Once in country, each team of 12 volunteers will be supported by two team leaders, as well as by our permanent in-country staff who will be in contact via radio as well as making visits to the project sites. We have medical staff in country for help with health issues.

Debriefing & Certificates:

All ICS participants will need to attend a compulsory training session within one month of returning home. They will then take part in Action at Home, which will aim to raise awareness amongst others of development issues and of the work that they have done to contribute towards poverty reduction. They might do something like hold an event at their university or put on a photo exhibition to raise awareness.

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