A world full of possibilities - and yet
Nowadays, the world offers many opportunities for young people to travel to new countries, explore different cultures and learn more about themselves. On the other hand, this is often only open to the more privileged. You can change this by giving young people from low-income families the opportunity to engage in international volunteering and making a life changing experience.
We offer volunteer placements in more than 40 countries. Our aim is to promote peace around the world while providing young people with a great learning experience through their voluntary contribution to the local community.
Read about our work here: https://www.icye.org
Working together towards global solidarity and equality, this new South-to-South Volunteering Scholarship Fund will enable the participation of young volunteers from low-income families and other excluded groups. We want to give them the opportunity to broaden their horizon, learn new competencies and contribute to building a better world. The inclusiveness of the ICYE global family has always been its strength and let’s ensure that it remains that way going forward!
The world needs (more) volunteers
In the Global South, it is difficult to get funding for volunteer work. That is why we decided to create this Scholarship Fund. Through this fund, we can finance and support curious young people to make a difference. They will not only broaden their horizons and learn new skills, but also share and exchange experiences with the local community.
Due to global structural inequities and the legacy of colonialism, we recognise that South-to-South volunteering is not sufficiently prioritised or promoted. Further, despite our network’s efforts to subsidise the costs of travel, there are still significant hurdles when it comes to visa procedures and costs of living for volunteers willing to participate in a South-to-South exchanges. Taking the past 5 years as an example, South-to-South volunteering has made up only 1% of our exchanges, indicating a significant gap in access!
Let’s open up the doors to #EquitableVolunteering!
Simply helping where help is needed
With a donation of €20 or ANY amount, you will give a young person the gift of a life-changing experience.
Help us spread the word #EquitableVolunteering!
Here are a few examples of what your donations will be used for:
- Travel costs
- Pocket money
- Language courses, etc.
Thank you very much!
If you would like to be regularly informed about our Scholarship Fund, please take a look at our news section.