The Jack Petchey Foundation’s very own Harry Shepherd has become the 10, 000th young person to fight poverty with the International Citizen Service.
Volunteering with the government-funded ICS, UK citizens aged 18-25 team up with their peers in developing countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America to work on sustainable development projects.
International Development Secretary, Justine Greening, said: “In just three years the DFID-backed ICS programme has seen 10,000 young people work on development projects overseas. From helping start-up enterprises in Uganda to working with midwives in Nepal, young people from across the UK have changed lives in some of the world’s poorest places.
The milestone has been reached by 11 different development organisations in the UK, working across 38 countries and supporting over 150 partners in developing countries.
The Jack Petchey Foundation’s previous Press and PR Officer is the 10, 000th young person to volunteer with ICS. He is currently in Nicaragua volunteering as a Team Leader with Raleigh International, supporting environmental projects near the capital city of Managua.
The value of ICS in Africa, Asia and Latin America is clear. In Nicaragua, where Harry is based, 100% of people from the beneficiary communities now wash their hands at critical times, reducing the rate of illness. 9 ICS teams volunteering through Raleigh International have delivered 49 action days across 9 communities to raise awareness of health and hygiene issues - as well as establishing 7 youth groups and 7 water and sanitation committees. The teams also built gravity-fed water systems which increased access to an adequate water source by 91%.
Harry says, “I would recommend ICS to other young people because it is a constant learning curve that begins before you arrive in country and continues long after you leave. Working alongside communities and volunteers of different backgrounds, living with host families, completing the project and learning about development in a wider context offers a truly unique experience for young people to take forward in whatever field they choose.”
See what else ICS has achieved: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUo-yZP1K6c
For info on how to apply: http://www.volunteerics.org/
To learn about how JPF can support your volunteering: http://www.jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk/individual-grants-for-volunteering
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