An intrepid student at The Sixth Form College, Solihull is heading to Zimbabwe this summer to volunteer with ICS (International Citizen Service).
Ibrahim Rashid is taking a gap year after completing his A levels and will spend 12 weeks with the Restless Development programme in Zimbabwe from September. While in the African country, Ibrahim will live in homestays and work with a team of volunteers on sexual and reproductive health and rights programmes, civic participation events and livelihoods initiatives, as well as possibly running career fairs, health days and education sessions in schools.
“I’m really pleased to have been accepting into this programme. I will be provided training before I head out with a group of volunteers and I will be helping local businesses grow, help to protect the environment, and provide health education as well as instilling life skills to children who are unable to go to school. It’s very exciting!”
The Restless Development programme is for young people aged 18-25 years of age and will see Ibrahim develop valuable team work and communication skills whilst benefiting a developing country. Ibrahim got involved after nearing about ICS from friends and family.
This is a government backed project (via the Department for International Development) with the government funding 90% of all costs. Ibrahim must raise a minimum of £800 to cover flights, food, accommodation and any necessary equipment for his volunteer project. He has set up a Just Giving page to help raise the money for ICS and their work.
Ibrahim is currently studying Biology, Chemistry and Psychology at A level and hopes to go to university after his Gap year to study Biomedical Science at university.
10 June 2016