International Citizen Service volunteer Lauren Parnell with Conservative MP Ben Gummer to discuss her volunteering experience with Guatemala. Photo: Lauren Parnell

ICS doesn’t end when you get back to the UK. A key part of the ICS journey is taking action back in your own communities using skills gained on your placement to share your experience and raise awareness of global poverty.

When young people return home they are helped to raise awareness of global poverty in the YMCA and their wider community. Photo: Julie France

When you return home you’ll be helped to raise awareness of global poverty in the YMCA and their wider community.

As a returned Y Care International ICS volunteer, you’ll have had first-hand experience of discrimination and poverty in some of the world’s poorest communities. You will have worked alongside local young volunteers to make a real difference to vulnerable young people and the wider community. It’s vital we tell the world about their stories and the difference that together you have made.

When you are back in the UK, you will lead a short project to share your story and raise awareness in your local community. To help you, within a month of coming back to the UK, you will attend a residential training course where our expert staff will train you in our global youth work methodology. You will gain ideas, resources and suggested activities which help inspire others to stand up to the injustice faced by young people around the world.

What you do will be up to you. We just ask you to share what you’ve learnt and to encourage others to take action. It might range from a presentation at your local youth club/college/university or at a YMCA to holding a photography exhibition of all the photos you took while away

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