UWTSD FACE student volunteered in Tanzania for 10 weeks


Ella Wilkinson, a student at the University of Wales, Trinity St. David, recently returned from 10 weeks volunteering in Tanzania with Raleigh International as part of the UK Government funded International Citizen Service (ICS) programme, and is now calling on other young people to take the plunge and consider volunteering overseas.

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Ella, 20, worked in partnership with Tanzanian volunteers on a project run by international development organisation Raleigh International as part of the ICS programme, where she worked alongside Tanzanian volunteers to providing training and resources to support young entrepreneurs in rural communities.

ICS volunteers, aged 18-25, work on long-term projects that seek to end poverty in some of the poorest countries in the world. The scheme offers young people the chance to gain valuable new skills while working on projects that make a genuine difference to the people they work with and their communities. Those aged 23-35 can also apply to be ICS team leaders.

Ella studies Environmental Conservation and is now in her second year at UWTSD. An end to global poverty is considered essential for achieving the UN’s 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which include “Climate Action” as well as “Affordable and Clean Energy”, directly related to the course offered by UWTSD. Ella looks forward to her module in Sustainable Development next academic year and hopes that her time in Tanzania will enhance her learning.


As part of the scheme, Ella had to fundraise £800 and was supported at every step by local businesses in Swansea and by UWTSD. As part of her fundraising efforts, she held a raffle with prizes donated by Ice Bar and Revolution, and set up a Pub Quiz generously hosted by The Office pub, near Castle Gardens.

Ella said “I would not have had the opportunity to volunteer in Tanzania if it wasn’t for UWTSD. Opportunities like this are life changing and I’m so fortunate to have been able to take part in such a fantastic scheme with the support of my University – I was overwhelmed by people’s generosity!”

“Raleigh ICS is a unique opportunity to work alongside people from a different culture and make a difference at the same time. I’d encourage young people like myself to apply!”

Lili Marfani, Director of ICS, said: “It’s great to hear Ella is encouraging other young people to apply for ICS. We’re passionate about supporting young people from across the UK and using their energy to tackle poverty. Our experience of working with young people shows they really can take on the big issues and make a difference in people’s lives.”

To find out more about ICS Raleigh International or to apply, visit: www.volunteerICS.org/Raleigh-ics

To find out more about the Environmental courses offered by UWTSD visit: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bsc-environmental-conservation/

Note to Editor

  1. ICS is funded by the UK Government and led by VSO. VSO delivers the programme in partnership with the respected development organisations Progressio, Raleigh International, Restless Development, Tearfund, International Service, Y-Care International, Balloon Ventures, Challenges Worldwide and Pravah.
  2. ICS is open to people aged 18-25 when their placement begins. Those aged 23-35 can also apply to be ICS team leaders.
  3. ICS is funded by the UK Government; volunteers do not pay to take part in ICS. All volunteers are asked to fundraise as part of their involvement in ICS and they receive professional support to help them meet their goal. Fundraising is a way of making sure developing countries can continue to benefit from the work of future ICS volunteers.
  4. The ICS programme covers flights, visas, travel and medical insurance, medication and vaccines, food and accommodation, and a minimal allowance while overseas. Volunteers receive extensive training and support to deliver projects that help lift some of the world’s poorest communities out of poverty.
  5. ICS delivers three key outcomes: to have a real and lasting impact through sustainable development projects; to help the volunteers, both those from the UK and from developing countries, learn key life-skills such as teamwork, leadership, communication and project planning; and to instil in these volunteers a life-long commitment to development, becoming active citizens, engaged in their communities and tackling the causes of poverty.

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