ICS Tearfund Volunteer Programme

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In January, I will be volunteering for 10 weeks on a development programme in South Africa with a Tearfund.

I need to raise £800 for them.

This is part of International Citizen Service (ICS), which brings young people together to fight poverty and make a difference where it is needed the most. I’ll be leading a team and working alongside other volunteers from the UK and volunteers from South Africa, for an organisation called ‘Zoe-Life’. The goal of ‘Zoe-Life’ is to transform the lives of children, vulnerable families and communities that have been affected by disease, poverty and injustice.

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What is ICS?
ICS is a UK government-funded development programme that brings together 18 to 25-year-olds from all backgrounds to fight poverty in overseas and UK communities.

Throughout the programme ICS will send 7000 UK volunteers to work alongside 7000 local volunteers in developing countries, so they can share skills, knowledge and passion to make a meaningful contribution to fighting poverty. Think about the bigger picture – by sharing skills and knowledge within the community overseas, think about how many people you will be reaching.

The volunteers’ impact does not stop overseas. By August 2015 ICS will have created 14,000 active citizens who will take their learnings and energy from their ICS experience to help shape our future for the better.

ICS volunteers live and work alongside local people on projects of lasting value. All ICS projects are committed to delivering real impact on the ground in partnership with local communities. And every overseas community that we work with has specifically asked for the energy and enthusiasm of our youth volunteers.

What will I be doing?

We’ll be working with a group of well established projects, in association with Tearfund, who achieve some incredible things in the local communities.

These projects include:

The 1000 Hills Community Helpers – improving the lives of HIV/Aids infected and affected children and adults through treatment, clinics, feeding schemes, counselling, Home-based care, crèches and support groups;

Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust – a multifaceted HIV/AIDS project that serves all those impacted by HIV/AIDS by providing unconditional love and hope in practical, sustainable way;

Ingane Yami Children’s Village– working with house mums who have given up their lives for orphaned children in order to restore hope in their lives;

Lily of the Valley– a Children’s Home situation in Eston, between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, which accommodates children who are abandoned or orphaned as a result of parental AIDS suffering;

Focus on iThemba – Located in KwaZulu-Natal, this innovative organisation is driven by five core pillars: the iThemba Academic provides Foundation Phase schooling for disadvantaged children; the iThemba Homes offer quality foster care homes for vulnerable children; the iThemba Community uplifts crèches in the Valley of 1000 Hills; the iThemba Campus celebrates our indigenous flora & our iThemba Friends & Donors sustain the good work that occurs here daily.

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