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Volunteer with Challenges Worldwide
Are you aged 18-25?
Are you considering your future career?
Do you want to be a part of a global movement that seeks a better future for all?
We do not run your typical overseas volunteer programme.
Our programme includes accredited business consultancy training.
As a Challenges Worldwide ICS Volunteer you will work as a Business Support Associate (volunteer) with Small – Medium sized Enterprise (SMEs) in Africa.
By joining Challenges Worldwide we can promise 3 things:
You will gain a better understanding and practical experience of international business and cross-cultural working.
You will learn to observe, record and analyse data and make recommendations based on your findings, a skill that is transferable to any profession.
As Challenges Worldwide Alumni, you will be connected to future opportunities to work in international organisations.
You will be a part of a team of UK Volunteers paired with In-Country Volunteers.
The team is led by a combination of UK and In-Country Team Leaders.
As a team, you will work to support local businesses during your 12 week placement.
International Citizen Service programmes are funded by the UK Government to ensure that young people from the UK and around the globe are able to take part in this once in a lifetime experience.
You don’t need cash or qualifications, just the motivation to make a difference. We want ICS to be accessible to as many volunteers as possible, so we will try to remove barriers to you joining the programme.
You do not need previous business experience as you will receive comprehensive training accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
While some of our volunteers have a background in business, the main thing is that you are passionate about helping a business to grow and open to learning.
Successful participants have included a drama student and a coffee barista.
It’s not about qualifications, it’s about being quick to learn and ready for a challenge.
“Despite having studied drama as a degree and having had a lot of experience within the arts, I have always felt inclined to start my own business. After having spent 10 weeks in Ghana working with my local counterpart in an agricultural business, I had the opportunity to write a full marketing plan. I now feel much more prepared, experienced and motivated to start my own enterprise.” – William, volunteered in Ghana
If you have any questions contact us on +44 (0) 131 225 9549 before applying.
Our UK based delivery team will be delighted to speak with you.
Click on the photos below to read stories from volunteers just like you
Challenges Worldwide are pleased to announce the success of one of our Alumni, Abel Ofoe-Osabutey. Abel has successfully started a Bamboo Eyewear Business in his home country of Ghana. The Kingzmen Gh was born out of Abel’s undying interest in his sister’s eye defect which she has lived with from childhood. By age four, Abel’s little sister […]
by Joe Wright Back in Yorkshire, me daily commute t’ Leeds was a slow crawl down the M62 in my run down Renault Clio. When I finally arrived at the office, I’d pop the kettle on and brew me-self an industrial sized cup of coffee to keep me going until lunch, which was usually a […]
June 2014-September 2014 Kampala, Uganda Why did you choose to apply to Challenges Worldwide for your Saltire placement? What was it about ICS and Challenges which appealed to you? I was looking to gain business skills in a challenging environment, away from the standard office type job. I was looking for something more adventurous, where […]
M-JAP a small company with huge ambition, dreams of exportation and a revolutionary packaging solution. There’s a lot of potential here but also a lot of recommendations to be implemented but I don’t mind I like the challenge and its satisfying helping such a motivated and enthusiastic business. So over the past 2 weeks I’ve […]
The ICS journey so far I would say has been an experience. Learning new things, meeting different people, building new skills and improving on my confidence level and finally making an impact is in the surely in the process. The UKV’s arrived and I was paired with Hannah. We were assigned to work with SELADELS […]
We are pleased to announce the success of one of Challenges Worldwide Alumni, Abel Ofoe-Osabutey, who has successfully started a Bamboo eye wear business in his home country of Ghana. The Kingzmen Gh was born out of his undying interest in his sister’s eye defect which she has lived with from childhood. By age four, […]