ICS: South Africa
Departure dates: Jan and March 2018
Application deadline: Apply asap to ensure a place
Pre-departure training:

Tearfund is offering you a chance to spend 12 weeks volunteering in South Africa with the Department for International Development (DFID) funded International Citizen Service (ICS). 

ICS is a development programme that brings together young people from the UK and developing countries to volunteer in some of the poorest communities in Africa and Asia. 

This is an amazing opportunity to experience another culture, challenge yourself and develop your potential while working on genuine development projects that will have a lasting impact.

ICS is for 18 - 25 year-olds. But we're looking for fantastic, Christian team leaders. So if you're 23 - 35, why not apply?

As ICS is led by VSO and funded by the UK government, ICS placements are only available for UK residents. If you live outside the UK, please consider our other programmes.
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As a Tearfund UK ICS volunteer you will get the chance work with our Tearfund partners on projects that have specifically requested the help of ICS teams as part of our wider Tearfund development programme in that community. So there's no doubt your contribution will make a difference.

And you won't be alone - you'll be part of a group from the UK and once you arrive in country, you'll be teaming up with other ICS volunteers from the country you're based in.

This is a great opportunity to learn from each other and share ideas to create a lasting impact. When you return home to the UK, we will support you to carry out a project to share what you've learnt and to encourage others to take action against poverty.

In South Africa we partner with the fantastic charity, Zoë-Life:

Tell me about the partner

Zoë-Life is a South African organisation, based in Durban, working in the field of public health and social transformation.

Beginning in 2004, Zoë-life was contracted to implement a Province wide HIV training intervention for hospitals and clinics. The result was a fantastic 1,800 trained and supported health care workers. Zoë-life has since continued to partner with hospitals, clinics, organisations, churches and government throughout South Africa, developing health strategies, courses and resources for the people of South Africa.

Zoë-Life’s goal is to transform the lives of children, vulnerable families and communities that have been affected by disease, poverty and injustice. They do this in partnership with people on the ground, grassroots organisations, churches, and the government - creating lasting change from the individual experience all the way to policy improvements. 

As a volunteer on the ICS programme, you will be working alongside Zoe-Life's partners and living in local communities. 

Where will I be staying?

You will be staying in the province of KwaZulu-Natal or Limpopo, with a local family, your host home. Be prepared for new ways of living. You may have bucket baths and toilets may be pit latrines, or you may have flush toilets and outdoor shower blocks.

What could I be doing?

You will work alongside local South African volunteers with local organisations, partnered with Zoe-Life, that are seeking to build resilience, confidence and capacity in the local communities. There are many exciting opportunities. Below are a few of the key activities you could be involved with:  

  • Literacy and reading programmes
  • Assisting with after-school clubs; helping with homework and other activities
  • Helping with English language and IT classes
  • Physical Education
  • Community workshops
  • Maintaining community gardens
  • Running general health awareness workshops

We can't guarantee that you'll get to go to South Africa, but by choosing Tearfund in your application, you'll guarantee a place with us.

Interested in this placement? Apply Now

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South Africa was incredible. The kids at Tabitha stole my heart, playing, laughing, reading and sharing the gospel with them was an amazing privilege. I learnt so much about God and God taught me a lot about myself too

Sasha Wilson

I have become passionate about raising awareness of issues such as sex trafficking to all ages and groups of people

Emily Gregoriou

I had the most amazing month of my life in South Africa. I met really brilliant people and loved meeting all the kids. I will definitely go back and would tell lots of people to go there too.

Emma Camp
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