Would you like to volunteer in the UK?

ICYE programme

Volunteers come to the UK for 6 or 12 months with placements starting in August and February of each year. We have a wide range of placements these can include volunteering in residential homes for people with disabilities, assisting at outdoor activity centres with delivering activities and maintenance, supporting students with disabilities in educational settings, providing respite care for elderly people, helping out at a service for young people, etc.

If you would like to see more about what it is like to volunteer in the UK with ICYE then please check out the volunteer stories.

We don’t ask for any specific skills just enthusiasm and a motivation to learn about a new culture and to be actively involved with the work of the host project. You will also need to be able to communicate in English and please note that there are certain placements which require volunteers to have a high level of English.

In order to apply for a placement in the UK with ICYE you will need to contact ICYE in your home country. The contact details for all the ICYE offices worldwide can be found on the ICYE International website: www.icye.org

European Solidarity Corp (ESC) Programme

ICYE UK is also a Coordinating/Support organisation for the European Commission’s ESC programme – part of the Erasmus+ Programme. The programme provides non-formal learning opportunities through international voluntary service in countries throughout Europe and is open to European Union Citizens aged between 18 and 30 years old. For more information about the programme please see: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en

Each year we coordinate the ESC places for host organisations in the UK. These placements start at the end of August each year and are for 11 months.

When we have places available we will advertise them on our website and through our social media accounts: 

About the ICYE Hosting Programme

ICYE UK is a UK charity (charity number 1081907) working in the field of international volunteering, intercultural exchange and youth mobility. We are part of the ICYE International Federation which has over 60 years of experience.

In the UK we work with different charities to provide full-time voluntary placements for international volunteers. We are always looking to expand the range of charities that we work with and to widen the impact of our work.

ICYE volunteers come to the UK for 6 or 12 months and arrive in August/September and February of each year. We do not ask for any specific skills from volunteers to take part in the programme just enthusiasm, flexibility and motivation to support the work of the project where they are placed. Our volunteers are aged 18 to 35, they come from all over the world and from a wide range of different backgrounds with different skills and interests. We take time to ensure that volunteers are matched to the right project and provide support throughout the placement to both the volunteer and to the host project to ensure that the experience is mutually beneficial (positive for everyone?).

If you would be interested in hosting a volunteer or if you would like to find out more about our hosting programme please contact Dan at hosting@icye.org.uk or on 0207 681 0983

What are we looking for from a host project?
  • A not-for–profit/charitable organisation that can provide a full time role for a volunteer
  • Provision of accommodation for the volunteer as well as food/personal allowance
  • A motivation for cultural diversity into the work of their organisation and a willingness to share their culture with the volunteer
  • A structure and meaningful volunteer role that provides the opportunity for the volunteer to develop and tasks well suited to the volunteer’s skills and abilities.
  • Provision of training to ensure the volunteer can carry out the tasks reuired
  • Provision of a supervisor who can provide ongoing support and constructive feedback
What can you expected from ICYE UK?
  • To organise a training course for the volunteer upon arrival and at least two weekend trainings for the volunteers during the year
  • To maintain regular contact with host projects and volunteers
  • To provide a contact person for both the project and the volunteer
  • To organise the volunteers’ visas and insurance, police checks, references, any other documents specific to the host project, as well as any other related paperwork
  • To meet with the volunteer and the supervisor at the work placement during the course of the year to ensure that the relationship is mutually beneficial and to assist in improving relations where applicable
  • To arrange for a different project should the relationship be ineffective

ICYE UK works with people who see volunteering abroad as a chance to broaden their horizons and develop themselves as individuals through intercultural learning.

Through supporting local projects that matter, living with a host family and receiving extensive pre-departure and on-arrival training, all volunteers have opportunities to build skills, enhance social and personal development and take part in social action at their project. Here’s how are programme is ethical, immersive, impactful and supportive for each volunteer.


Since 1993, ICYE UK have arranged ethical placements for volunteers throughout Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe.

Our aim is to provide opportunities for volunteers to make a positive contribution to the community in which they will live and work, as well as gain a better understanding of their own and other people’s lives. ICYE UK focuses on the value of culture-sharing and giving volunteers the tools to promote peace through intercultural learning.


Our programme is a truly immersive experience where volunteers get to fully experience a new culture and support local-run projects that matter. Volunteers live with a host family, helping them develop language skills and by living as part of the community, volunteers also meet new people and make international friends.

With language lessons offered on our long-term programme and an opportunity to travel throughout, our volunteers can really get to know a country with an entirely different social and political situation. 


Through sharing cultures and ideas, volunteers benefit from personal and professional development. In fact, many of our volunteers develop ongoing relationships with their projects and continue to offer support after the placement. This all means that our volunteers can become part of the solution and help to promote peace through gaining new skills in the field of inter-cultural awareness.


We know that volunteering overseas can seem daunting, but we’re supportive every step of the way, providing extensive training, in intercultural awareness, for Long-Term and Short-Term volunteers.

ICYE UK and the local ICYE office in country also work together to ensure each and every volunteer is well supported throughout the duration of their stay. ICYE UK will also give advice on how to fundraise towards the cost of a programme fee!


Latin America House,
Kingsgate Place, London,

Opening Times

10:00 am - 06:00pm
Monday to Friday


+44 (0) 20 7681 0983