WHAT CAN I DO?
ICYE UK has opportunities to work with local NGOs, run by local people, in countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. There are a wide variety of projects working in many different fields and volunteers are placed according to their interests and background and the needs of the projects. Check out the variety of fields on this page by clicking the menu items on this page.
Despite massive advances in the status of women, gender inequality remains rife across the world. Inspire and enable people to challenge injustice, exploitation and violence towards women and children in countries including Bolivia, Colombia, Honduras, Kenya and India. The result: stronger women, stronger families, and stronger communities.
Projects include promoting and raising awareness of human rights, indigenous people’s rights, working with refugees and asylum seekers or those affected by torture. As well as projects, which promote the rights, empowerment and visibility of LGBT communities in countries including Bolivia, Honduras, Colombia, Kenya and India. Although we don’t require skills and experience, volunteer tasks have included translation and research, outreach visits to those affected by human rights abuse, office admin, campaigning and advocacy and much more.
Environmental ConservationJoin the efforts to sustain and conserve diverse environments across the globe and learn about preserving natural habitats for future generations. You can work in ecological projects in many countries including Costa Rica, Honduras, Ecuador and Uganda, educating communities about their environment and conservation.
Previous volunteers have arranged sporting events for those with disabilities in Honduras, promoted and campaigned for disability rights in India, supported young children with disabilities in Kenya and more.
Health Care & HIV/AIDS awarenessAlthough we don’t recruit volunteers specifically based on their skills, we do have projects where those trained in the medical profession would be highly useful. In addition, many projects look for only those with an interest in the sector; previous volunteers have given workshops on health-related issues, carried out research in the field and supported street children living in slums through community mobilisation projects. Other volunteer roles have been to assist and help plan fundraising events, workshops to the local community on the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS, undertaken outreach visits to those affected by the virus, helped plan micro-finance initiatives to benefit those in local communities and much more in countries including Uganda, Kenya, India and Honduras.”
The needs of communities and individuals around the world are varied and diverse. Community development seeks to empower individuals and groups of people by providing them with the skills they need to bring about social change and improve the quality of life in their local area. You might be supporting income generating projects in Uganda, such as livestock and fruit production; providing shelter and food for the homeless in Colombia; helping to raise public awareness on issues relevant to the community, for example safe drinking water and sanitation in Bolivia or substance abuse in Colombia. Whatever you do, your input will help to shape communities for the future!
Education & Training
Education is the key to unlocking the vast potential that all humans share. Access to even basic educational resources is crucial, and can be life-changing. Volunteers can teach English, Maths, Science, Environmental Studies, coach Sports and develop Arts Projects in many countries including Uganda, Ecuador, Mexico, Brazil, Japan and Taiwan. Although you will be teaching, be prepared to learn a lot yourself!
These projects help to promote young people’s personal and social development and enable them to have a voice, influence and place in their communities and society as a whole. You could be working alongside street educators and local volunteers in running literacy classes and vocational training with street children/young people at risk of drug addiction and prostitution. We have projects in this field in countries including, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, Uganda and Vietnam.