Happy Saturday folks! By the time you read this, I’ll be on the way to a training weekend in Kent for my upcoming International Citizen Service (ICS) placement.

What is ICS? Where are you going? What is going on? 

Read on to find out…

What is International Citizen Service?

In short, ICS is a government-funded project that enables 18 – 25 year olds to volunteer abroad in developing countries for a period of up to 3 months. Don’t worry, it’s not an all-expenses paid holiday.

You can find out more about the incredible work ICS volunteers carry out across the globe here.

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International Citizen Service is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development. A number of different charities run ICS, including VSO. Volunteers work and live alongside national volunteers in host family homes across the developing world.

So, if working to make a difference makes your heart sing, read on!

Where are you going?

I am incredibly excited to share with you all that I am returning to Cambodia for my placement! Since I visited Cambodia and was deeply moved by the struggles the country went through not so long ago, I’ve always wanted to go back and make a real difference to local people.

Whilst on placement, I’ll be doing just that. I’ll be living within a local community in Battambang province and teaching young people all about entrepreneurship. Our team of 10 UK volunteers and 10 Cambodian volunteers will be working together to help get more young people into school and more disadvantaged people into the workplace.

We’ll be running a variety of workshops while we’re out there and I can’t wait to get stuck into the project. Young people are the future and I can’t wait to inspire and enable young Cambodians to pursue what it is they are truly passionate about.

What is going on?

In the mean time, I have to raise £800 for International Citizen Service and Voluntary Service Overseas. This money goes straight back in to the programme and enables more young people to help more developing countries. With austerity measures popping up all over the place and Brexit taking over the world (yawn), these programmes matter now more than ever.

I’ve already raised around £200 from bake sales, fundraising dinners and the sheer kindness of friends and family but still have quite a way to go to my £800 target. From the 5th – 9th March, I’ll be living on £1 a day to raise awareness for poverty across the world so watch out for blogs and possible even a new YouTube channel documenting that part of my journey!


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Every donation helps, no matter how big or small, and all your support is appreciated. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!



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