Youth volunteering

Youth volunteering

Youth Citizen Service is our national volunteering programme for 18-25 year olds. You'll have chance to work together with people your own age and an NGO in India on important development projects.

Youth volunteering | VSO India Trust

We know that young people have the skills and energy needed to make a real difference in the fight against poverty. We run a programme which aims to put young adults at the centre of efforts to tackle poverty and inequality. If you are aged 18–25, you can volunteer on our Youth Citizen Service (YCS). 

How to apply

Applications for placements on the Youth Citizen Service will be opening shortly and will be advertised here.

For more information please contact

About Youth Citizen Service

Youth Citizen Service (YCS) is an action learning programme for young Indians. YCS creates an opportunity for India’s youth to actively work towards addressing development issues while they themselves build a deeper understanding of the dynamics of poverty and development.

As part of the full time, six week programme, young people in the age group of 18-25 volunteer with an NGO in India. In this engagement, they discover themselves, learn interpersonal, leadership and other skills and gain valuable experience in the development sector. They learn to join the dots between diverse issues of poverty and get a chance to contribute to specific issues in a specific community.

The programme supports the travel, accommodation, food, medical insurance and training costs of the volunteers. A stipend is also paid to them.

Your YCS journey

All participants on the YCS programme enjoy the following features:

Trainings - Volunteers go through four days of pre-departure training, two days of community orientation training, a one day mid-project review and a three day debrief/return volunteer workshop.

Host communities - Groups of volunteers live and work in a rural/urban Indian community that is new to all of them.

Counterpart pairs - Each volunteer has one counterpart with whom s/he works most closely and shares accommodation.

Host homes - Each pair of volunteers stay with a family in the host community.

Work placements - Work placements are structured such that the volunteers are able to learn about a specific issue and have maximum take away about the community and its issues and at the same time make a positive and practical contribution to community initiatives.

Active Citizenship Days (ACDs) - Usually held once a week, ACDs provide the volunteers with an opportunity to come together and engage in active learning about community development issues affecting India as a country. Each week, different counterpart pairs run the sessions.

Community Action Day - Volunteers organise an event that would involve interaction/ awareness generation or action project involving the community/organisation


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