Sharing skills with global neighbours

Today is International Youth Day and we’re celebrating the amazing skills that our volunteers from across the globe are sharing and learning, on the UK Government funded programme, ICS.

We asked some of them what’s the biggest lesson they learnt whilst volunteering with Tearfund. Here’s what they said:

TeamworkOyon Nokrek

I’ve spent the last few weeks volunteering in my home country of Bangladesh, alongside a team of UK volunteers.

During this time I’ve learnt about time management and working in a team. I’ve learnt to work with people different to myself and achieve goals as a team. These are very important skills for my future and I am very thankful for the opportunity that ICS has given me.

My UK volunteer friends have taught me English, French and Spanish languages and have helped me to develop my leadership skills. Because of my UK friend’s help I am now a good leader and I have more confidence in myself.


FriendshipsTithi Chisim

Like Oyon, I have also spent the last few weeks volunteering in my home country of Bangladesh, alongside a team of UK volunteers.

When I first came to ICS I thought I would not have any friends. I felt very nervous about meeting the UK volunteers and thought that we would not be friends because we come from different cultures.

But this was not correct, I now can call many UK volunteers my friends. I love my team mates very much and I enjoy spending time together.

One particular friend is very special, UK volunteer, Ru. She is my special friend because she is very brilliant. She gives me helpful advice, always encourages me and makes me laugh. When I feel sad she will check if I am okay and try and make me happy. Also when me and the other in-country volunteers cannot understand English she helps me to understand by talking slowly and giving me examples. When she does this I can then understand which makes me happy.

I love Ru’s personality; she is always happy, singing, dancing and making me laugh.


LeadershipNkosikhona Sibeko

I’m from Durban and on the ICS placement I learnt how to take things seriously and to make sure that I’m focused.

ICS has given us the opportunity to do things I wouldn’t normally do. Previously I had been a president of prefects in my high school, but to be honest, I did not take my responsibility or leadership seriously. Now, I have surprised myself because still, I am leading people.

This placement was important to me because now I can decide for myself what is wrong and what is right and can speak out and say when something is wrong.

PresentingAmy Robertson

I’m from the UK and I volunteered in Bangladesh on the Tearfund ICS programme.  

Meeting the in-country volunteers (ICV’s) for the first time was great. I saw them as people I could help, but now I see them as family. I feel so proud that I have brothers and sisters in Bangladesh.

The ICVs showed me and taught me so much – that even a little thing can make a difference. Whilst on placement our ICV’s were asked to give a talk for International Women’s Day, so we helped them write and prepare.

On day one of preparation their talk persisted of a rushed speech, a lot of giggles and the words, ‘I can’t do this’. On the day of the talk they all stood up in front of a group of strangers and spoke with confidence, which brought utter joy to my heart.

All it took was a little time and effort for such a rewarding outcome.


Find out how you can serve overseas in Bangladesh or South Africa with Tearfund ICS.