Congratulations to Year 13 Devizes 6th Form student Sophie, who has become one of the youngest people to pass the final round of ICS interviews in London at just 18 years old.
As a result she has won an 11 week placement in Bangladesh helping to develop and make a change in the community. Sophie will need to raise around £800 for the charity before she leaves and will be organising events in and out of school to achieve this.
Head of Devizes 6th Form Clare Dale says: "We are over the moon for Sophie; how fabulous that ICS have recognised her many talents and given her the opportunity to make a real difference at ground level in Bangladesh. She is undoubtedly one of the most socially conscious young people I have had the pleasure of working with and entirely suited to the role she has been awarded. The world is crying out for more young people with the integrity and courage to get out there and make a difference and as always, Sophie is leading by example at the head of the pack. I have nothing but admiration for her and am quite sure she is headed for big things in the world of International Development and Humanitarian Justice".
Sophie told us of her excitement to have been offered a place: “I am really looking forward to what I hope will be an amazing experience and can’t wait to immerse myself in a completely new environment.”
International Citizen Service (ICS) provides overseas volunteer placements for 18-25 year olds and Team Leader placements for 23-35 year olds. A UK government funded development programme that brings together young people to fight poverty and make a difference in overseas and UK communities. Placements are 10-12 weeks in length.
UK volunteers work side-by-side with local volunteers in developing countries, staying with host families in the local community. ICS isn't a holiday. It's demanding but hugely rewarding. It's a great opportunity for personal development, a stepping stone to future careers and a chance to make your world a better place.
Sophie will leave in June and return in September. If you would like to donate to Sophie’s fundraising page please click on the button.