Are you interested in volunteering overseas, and telling a story about it? Would you like to immerse yourself in another culture, contribute to international development, and make media about the experience?
International Citizen Service (ICS) is the UK’s leading global volunteering programme for people aged 18-25, bringing together young people from different countries to fight poverty. Over the next three years ICS will be sending 7,000 young people from the UK to over 28 of the world’s poorest countries to work alongside national volunteers for 10-12 weeks.
If you’re a recent graduate from a journalism or media course, and 25 or under, then you could apply for one of the upcoming placements, which are provisionally: January – March 2013 and April – June 2013.
Some of these placements have an additional media focus. If you are selected, as well as volunteering you’ll have the opportunity to tell the story of your placement through the written word or multimedia. In addition, you’ll have a chance to find other untold stories that highlight important issues in the developing world.
ICS is run by six of the most respected names in international volunteering, led by VSO. Specific agencies are running placements with an additional media role. More details.
Volunteers are asked to fundraise towards the cost of their placement, but there is plenty of support on offer to help you do this and no volunteer will be excluded because of cost.
You should apply 2-3 months before the placement begins, to make sure you can attend selection days and training. If you are currently studying, there will be placements in summer 2013 that you could apply for.