International Citizen Service volunteers head to Liberia

On May 1 2014, our first group of young people aged 18-25 from across the UK will head to Liberia with Y Care International, to support young people in slums campaign for improvements and help to address neglected health issues.

Over 12 weeks our volunteers will take on a range of tasks to support Liberia YMCA. From interviewing young people, carrying out survey collection and helping deliver valuable training sessions on health and well-being to the wider community, before returning to the UK to share what they learnt overseas.

Over the last two months volunteers have been preparing and are now weeks away from beginning their exciting and potentially life-changing volunteer journey.

Brought together by a common desire to fight poverty and inequality, the International Citizen Service bringing together 7,000 young volunteers from the UK and their peers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East to support young people in poverty.

All volunteers attended a two-day training workshop in preparation for their departure, covering topics including poverty and global development, dealing with challenging behaviour and communication. Photo: YCIAll volunteers attended a two-day training workshop in preparation for their departure, covering topics including poverty and global development, dealing with challenging behaviour and communication. “I learnt a lot at my training workshop. I feel I have the ability to deal with different challenging situations,” said 21 year-old volunteer, Blake Eley.

Alongside this, volunteers are supported to take up fundraising activities to support the local projects in country getting involved in a range of events such as holding quiz nights, completing sponsored runs or manning boot and bake sales.

Once in country, the volunteers will make a real difference to some of the world’s poorest communities. Y Care International’s approach of linking volunteers to well-established projects that are already making a difference helps ensure that their contribution is lasting and has a strong positive impact on improving the lives of vulnerable young people in country.

As the departure day draws near and excitement levels are increase, final preparations are under-way, both the more serious (booking flights) and essential (stocking up on home comforts like chocolate and marmite). As Jenson Oxford put it “I’m really excited, I just want to be there now!’

If you are interested in being a part of this exciting opportunity, would like to experience another culture, meet people from different backgrounds, challenge yourself, gain new skills and broaden your perspective then apply now! www.ycareinternational.org/ics

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