The World's Best News
"Young people can make ambition and optimism central to the future of international development but we must set our aims high"
Mark Cawdrey - Manchester-based International Service ICS returned volunteer.
Early this morning, volunteers, such as Alex Casteel in Glasgow and our very own Aamirah Patel in London, took to the UK streets to deliver 'The World's Best News' to the public; bringing stories of hope and change from the developing world.
The paper is an initiative from BOND and Action/2015 to challenge negative public perceptions of international development. 'The World's Best News' therefore brings an alternative narrative to some of the popular broadsheets available that can portray international aid as unsuccessful or unnecessary.
Volunteering in Ghana with ICS
"I decided to apply for the ICS scheme with the idea that it would be good experience for me while contributing to a sustainable form of international aid. I was placed in the north of Ghana and my project worked with an umbrella group that helped to advocate for disabled people.
"Whether it is by providing clean water, fighting HIV or by promoting trade to help developing economies grow, the Millennium Development Goals have helped focus aid and improve the quality of life of millions of people across the globe. This year we will be moving on to the Sustainable Development Goals.
You could find yourself overseas in January starting your own ICS journey by clicking here
"Our new generation of young volunteers can take the achievements of the last fifteen years and build on them. They can learn from what has worked and what has not. They can use new forms of activism to build awareness and support for their goals.
"Schemes like ICS provide an opportunity for young people from the UK to work alongside their peers in developing countries and develop sustainable in-country aid strategies first hand.
Read the full article by Mark featured in 'The World's Best News' by clicking hereAnd follow #worldsbestnews @intservice
One of our active alumni and WBN distributors; Alex Casteel