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A Quick Guide to Volunteering Abroad: ICS

I REALLY wanted to travel after university, but towards the end of my course, my bank account was looking a little empty.

Fortunately, a friend recommended volunteering with ICS. They covered all my travel costs and provided me with some of the best experiences of my life (plus, it doesn’t look bad on my CV either).

What is ICS?

International Citizenship Service  (AKA, ICS) offers UK youths aged 18-25 the chance to volunteer all over the globe to change the world.

Why Apply?

Finishing my last year of uni, I thought it was a great opportunity to learn new skills, travel the world and give back to society.

Where?

The scheme runs across over 20 countries. After an interview, the team decides where you should be placed based on your skills. I was on a programme aimed at helping improve the lives of villagers in rural India.

What were my highlights?

Living with a host family and being able to see the positive changes we made in the community were personally gratifying. Also, the food was some of the best in the world.

Were there any struggles?

If you can’t sleep at night without facetiming your dog, this really isn’t for you. Wifi can be unpredictable and there were times I had to climb a tree to get signal to call home.

If you want to find out more, click here.

 

Procrastination & Education: Weirdest AMAs on Reddit

Reddit, the front page of the internet. Racking in more than 300 mil users each month, theres no better place to go to find weird and wonderful content to waste your day away.

Although subreddits like Birds with Arms and Cats Standing Up can’t be knocked for their creativity, AMAs (Ask Me Anything) allow the likes of Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Snoop Dogg (or Snoop Lion) to offer their insightful answers to groundbreaking questions like “what colour is your toothbrush?”. However, we’re going to look at some lesser known figures that have shared some of the most compelling stories on the web.

DARYL DAVIS

A black musician and actor, Daryl Davis shares his story on why he decided to befriend KKK Members.

“We live in echo chambers in which we surround ourselves with people who will reflect back to us, the very same thing we say to them”

BROOKS BROWN

When going out for a cigarette and thinking about ditching class saved his life, Brown opens up about how the police made the world believe he was involved in the horrific Columbine shootings.

“By that time the country and state had made up its mind, and the cops were already on doing bigger and better things.”

THE REAL LIFE SUPERHERO

Phoenix Jones fights crime in Seattle. He puts as much enthusiasm into his rubber costume as he does into his (ALL CAPS) AMA answers.

“NO I DONT GET PAID BUT I DO GET TO SAVE LIVES SO IT WORKS OUT”

Top 5 Podcasts To Make You More Interesting

Assignment deadlines and your lecturers ill-fitting toupee have been  the main topic for far too long now. Here’s a list of the top podcasts to impress your friends with next week at the pub:

  1. TED TALKS

You’ve probably heard of TED Talks, with some of the greatest videos reaching up to 50 million views on YouTube. Their daily podcast feed now brings you the latest talks on the go.

https://www.ted.com/about/programs-initiatives/ted-talks/ted-talks-audio

2.  THE GUARDIAN AUDIO LONG READS

Newspapers are becoming less and less popular with our generation, who prefer to catch up with the latest news online. The Guardian Audio Long Reads means you don’t have to miss out on some of the best journalism the UK has to offer.

https://www.theguardian.com/news/series/the-audio-long-read

3.  FREAKANOMICS RADIO

Following the success of their Freakonomics book back in 2005, the duo Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt created Freaknomics Radio to give their audience an insight into the wonderful world of socioeconomics.

http://freakonomics.com

4. RADIOLAB

WNYC Studios, the creator of popular podcasts, This American Life and Serial. Radiolab makes science accessible to everyone. Opening discussion for questions such as “how can you know without knowing words?”, the show breaks down concepts and creates thought-provoking hypotheses.

http://www.radiolab.org

HELLO INTERNET

Hello Internet  helps you formulate an opinion on things you never thought you’d think about. “Monkey Copyright” opens discussion about Copyright Law from a story which argued that a monkey should be legally determined to own rights to a photo that he took of himself.

http://www.hellointernet.fm