People aged 18-25 can apply to do fully-funded placements lasting three months in Ghana, through the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme. Young people from the UK and Ghana are eligible.

VSO ICS volunteers work on two projects in Ghana.

In Asamankese of Eastern region, volunteers from Ghana and the UK work with after-school clubs and community groups to provide:

  • careers advice,
  • training on livelihoods activities and
  • promotion of agriculture amongst young people in communities where cocoa farming is the main source of income.

In Talensi of the Upper East region, volunteers promote gender equality and inclusive education in schools, and support community groups to improve adult literacy.

If you are a Ghanaian national aged 18-25 please contact our local office directly to find out about opportunities to take part in ICS.

How does it work?

You’ll be part of a group of 5 to 10 volunteers from the UK, supported by two full-time Team Leaders – one from the UK and one from the country you’re based in.

Once you arrive, you’ll work with local volunteers, learning from each other and sharing ideas. You will live with a host family, who will help you integrate with the community and understand the culture.

You will also help organise and take part in community action days, designed to address specific issues such as sexual health, hygiene and computer skills. This means you can have a broader impact on the local community, beyond your specific project placement.


Throughout your placement you will be supported by in country staff. You’ll be given lots of training before you leave too to make sure you are fully prepared. We will also help you with visas, vaccinations and organise return flights for you. Food and accommodation is provided and you’ll receive a modest volunteering allowance.


You don’t have to pay to volunteer with VSO ICS, but we do ask you to do some fundraising before you go abroad. This is a great opportunity to gain new skills and have fun, as well as raising awareness of international development. All volunteers have a target of at least £800.

You’ll receive one-to-one support, with lots of practical tips and materials to help you enjoy fundraising and smash your target.

When you return

Your ICS journey doesn’t suddenly stop when you complete your placement overseas. You’ll doubtless be inspired by your experiences and motivated to act on the issues you care about.

VSO will support you to take part in at least one project that benefits your local community or seeks to bring about positive social change. This is called Action at Home. We’d love you to continue your involvement with VSO in the future too.

You’re in safe hands with VSO ICS. Our training and support programme will make sure that you’re well prepared and confident before you go, during your placement and when you return from volunteering overseas.

VSO is one of the biggest and most respected names in volunteering for international development. We have a 50 year track record of supporting a range of volunteers from diverse backgrounds to live and work in developing countries and of bringing their skills, commitment and enthusiasm to bear on tackling poverty.

Apply today to volunteer in 2016
If you are interested in learning more about VSO ICS then give us a call on +44 (0)20 8780 7400 or apply online now. The application form takes around 30 minutes to complete, but you can save it and return to it later on.

On the application form, please select that you heard about ICS through VSO. And if you are interested in working on one of our business-orientated programmes, please specify this in your application.