Progressio is an international development charity which works alongside people and communities in 12 countries across the world, helping them to gain the skills and knowledge they need to work their way out of poverty.
Our Experience / Expertise:
We place skilled development workers and young adult volunteers with local organisations, where they support local people and communities to tackle poverty and improve lives. We also work with people and communities to challenge and change unfair policies and structures both in their communities and internationally.
Inspired by our Catholic roots, and building on 70 years’ experience of development, we believe poor and marginalised people can gain the power to transform their lives. We work with people of all faiths and none to overcome the barriers that keep people poor.
Career Opportunities & Training:
Our International Citizen Service (ICS) programme enables young adults (18-25) from both the UK and developing countries, to work together on community projects to support people to improve their lives. You can apply to volunteer on a 10 week placement in Central America or Africa, to be part of making a difference. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and provide support for everyone to participate and fundraise at least £800 towards their placement. All volunteers receive training and support, before going overseas, whilst on placement, and on their return to the UK and everyone is required to undertake some social action inspired by their experience.
As a Progressio ICS volunteer, your placement is funded by the Department of International Development (DFID) of the UK government. Although you are expected to fundraise a minimum of £800, no volunteer will be excluded on cost. After fundraising, everything is covered: flights, visas, travel and medical insurance, medication and vaccines, food and accommodation, a small weekly allowance while you are overseas and full support throughout the whole programme. The programme is a fantastic opportunity to develop useful skills, as well as gain experience.