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Restless Development ICS

Our company in a nutshell

About Us:

Half the world is under 25. That's 3 billion people.

Young people are most affected by the persistent problems facing the world, and yet are frequently overlooked as a resource. As the largest, most energetic population, young people can and must be part of the solution.

We are Restless Development, the youth-led development agency. Our mission is to place young people at the forefront of change and development. Our strength comes from being led by young people, from the boardroom right through to the field.

Our Experience / Expertise:

Since 1985, our programmes have reached over 7 million young people. We work full-time across Africa and South Asia and have international offices in London and Delhi. We are now leading efforts with UN agencies, bi-lateral agencies, civil society and governments in Africa and South Asia in how to effectively and meaningfully engage young people in development.

Opportunities & Training:

International Citizen Service (ICS) is the UK's leading global volunteering programme that supports young people from all backgrounds to make a difference to global poverty. Funded by the Department for International Development, Restless Development's ICS programme is building a generation of active citizens across the UK and in developing countries.

On a 12 week placement with Restless Development, volunteers work directly with young people on exciting and valuable programmes that focus on one of our three goal areas: livelihoods and employment, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and civic participation. When they return to the UK, volunteers are involved in social action projects to raise awareness of the issues they encountered on placement overseas.


Our ICS volunteers work alongside local volunteers in: India, Nepal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


ICS is open to 18-25 year olds, with limited places available for Leaders aged 23+. Volunteers are asked to raise at least £800 to take part in ICS. Volunteers are given one-to-one support by our professional fundraisers. Importantly, no one will be excluded for financial reasons.

We have spaces available for our January departures.


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