Take the rights path and lead others in 2017
International Citizen Service (ICS) Team Leaders play a vital role in supporting diverse teams of young people to give their best and gain as much as they can while on placement.
"Participating in the ICS scheme was one of the best decisions I will ever make, as it has offered me and the people I worked with so much. On a female empowerment project, I led a diverse team in an environment so culturally different from my own. The experience has provided me with many transferable skills, from the recruitment of volunteers to pastoral care."
Louise Furness, ICS Team Leader, 2015
As an ICS Team Leader you’ll spend six months overseas offering pastoral support to small groups of volunteers aged 18-25 from the UK and the country that you’re in. You’ll have a local counterpart to share responsibilities as you guide your teams through their time in country.
There’s a project management element to the role but the most important thing is the wellbeing of the ICS team and doing everything you can to help young people from different backgrounds work well together.
All Team Leaders need to have some experience of leading and supporting diverse groups of young people. You must be aged between 23 and 35, with strong facilitation, communication and interpersonal skills. In addition you should have:
- a clear interest in community development/international development work
- fluent written and spoken English
- ability to plan logically and manage a varied workload
- ability to work flexibly and on your own initiative
- strong organisational and time management skills
Previous experience of being a volunteer is definitely an advantage.
Why be a Team Leader?
Volunteering as an ICS Team Leader is a fantastic opportunity for personal and professional development. In additional to building on existing skills like facilitation and communication you’ll gain new skills and experience that can help you find the career you want.
You’ll be able to demonstrate with real world examples how you dealt with challenges like reporting and evaluation, crisis and conflict management, and solving problems with creative thinking.
What we're looking for in our team leaders
|Essential skills||Desirable skills|
|Leadership experience with any age group||Knowledge of Arabic (Palestine applicants)|
|Project management skills||Experience of working with young people|
|Experience of co-ordinating a project, programme or initiative||Experience of working in the developing world|
|Ability to plan logically and manage a varied workload|
|Strong people skills – ability to work with, manage, support and motivate a diverse range of people|
|Ability to build, maintain and facilitate effective working relationships with a wide range of people|
|Basic understanding of development issues|
|Commitment to the vision, values and aim of ICS and International Service|
|Strong IT skills|
|Fluent written and spoken English|
|Fluent French (Burkina Faso applicants)|
Do you speak French? Use your language skills in a professional setting overseas to transform your life forever. You'll have also led a team overseas, used your language skills in a business context, and developed a range of skills from communications to project management.
Burkina Faso Team Leader Kate making Tô - 2014
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