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Get involved in ICYE STePs 4-16 weeks – Over 300 STePs into a World of Experiences & Cultures!

Building on its established long-term programme, ICYE STePs are designed to offer you a combination of reliable and meaningful voluntary work with a direct exposure to the rich cultures of the host countries.

To find out about the type of voluntary service opportunities offered in the distinct countries, check the STePs Database, where you can browse through available work placements.

And if you’re short of time, but still want to find out about the culture of the country, avoiding mainstream tourist routes and activities, ICYE receiving National Committees can offer you a wide range of opportunities to immerse yourself in the local culture of Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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Find your project among over 800 volunteering
opportunities in 40 different countries.

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For how long can I volunteer?

STePs projects can last between 4 and 16 weeks – all year round

How old do I have to be?

Placements are open to all persons aged 18 years and above – no maximum age limit

Where will I live?

Most STePs volunteers will live with local host families selected by ICYE Staff in the host country. A few placements are in residential projects or in independent or shared flats with other international volunteers. Breakfast and dinner are usually provided by the host family and lunch by the voluntary service placement. Food allowance is provided by the ICYE National Committee to volunteers in an independent or shared flat.

What do I get besides the volunteer placement?

Our host country ICYE Staff will:

  • pick you up at the airport and provide you with an in-country orientation,
  • introduce you to your host family and voluntary service placement,
  • stay in touch and provide assistance throughout your stay – emergency numbers provided
  • evaluate your project and drop you off at the airport at the end of your stay.

To find out more about the programmes, destinations you may be interested in, including the cost and other conditions of participation, please contact the ICYE office in your home country.