Inter-Cultural Youth Exchange ICYE UK

exciting global voluntary placements with a difference

  • ICYE UK promotes wider life experiences, personal development and greater intercultural awareness through the provision of supported voluntary placements in a range of social , educational and environmental projects, that directly benefit local communities in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa.
  • Operating within an international network of locally managed ICYE organizations , ICYE UK encourages inter cultural understanding and cooperation through the exchange of people and ideas … (full text Mission /Values).

Projects; Programmes; Countries; Membership; Our Volunteers; Ethical; Management; Info.Days;
Address: ICYE UK, Latin America House, Kingsgate Place, London, NW6 4TA, UK;

Why we’re different: ICYE works differently to many Gap Year organisations and some of these reasons are listed below. 

  • There are many international volunteering organisations in the UK that send volunteers worldwide and very few that also host volunteers on Charity Projects in the UK from abroad. ICYE-UK believe strongly in the idea of reciprocal exchanges and inter-cultural learning; The ICYE Federations enables volunteers from developing countries to be able to experience living in another culture as well as facilitating placements for volunteers from other European Countries abroad.
  • It is part of a Federation of local ICYE Organisations: ICYE-UK only sends volunteers to countries where there is an existing ICYE Partner Organisation. In order to be a member of the Federation partners have to be a registered charity in their country or a not-for-profit organisation. ICYE partner organisations are run by local staff and volunteers. This helps ensure better project relations and in-country support for volunteers, as well as providing employment and work experience for local young people.
  • ICYE-UK is a registered charity and as such is run by a board of Trustees. ICYE-UK’s Trustees are democratically elected in a yearly Annual General Meeting (AGM) where ex-volunteers and members are invited to vote or put themselves forward for trusteeships. ICYE therefore is run by volunteers for volunteers.
  • Sustainability: The ICYE Federation was founded in 1949 and has been helping volunteer around then world ever since. The majority of the projects that each ICYE member country works with will host volunteers on a regular basis from one exchange year to the next. This helps provide continuous support for projects and also means that work can be continued and built upon from one year to the next.

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