University of Leicester Law Graduate lives on £1 a day to help tackle poverty in Nicaragua

Posted by pt91 at Dec 21, 2012 12:20 PM |
Law student Michael Satchell will travel to Nicaragua in March 2013 to work on an International Citizen Service (ICS) development programme
University of Leicester Law Graduate lives on £1 a day to help tackle poverty in Nicaragua

Law graduate Michael Satchell.

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 21 December 2012

Photograph of Michael Satchell available from

A University of Leicester student has committed to living on £1 a day to help raise funds for those living in poverty in Central America.

Michael Satchell, 21-years-old, a Law student from Birmingham, will travel to Nicaragua in March 2013 to work on the development programme for 10 weeks.

Michael will team up with Nicaragua volunteers to tackle some of the problems facing the local community, after getting a place on the government funded International Citizen Service (ICS).

ICS allows young people aged 18-25 to contribute to long-term development projects in countries like Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone and Nepal. 

The scheme offers young people the chance to develop personally and learn about team working and leadership on projects that are of genuine value to communities around the world.

On return to the UK, ICS volunteers undertake an ‘Action at Home Project’, ensuring that their new skills also benefit their local communities.

Michael said: “My fundraising is a way of making sure developing countries can continue to benefit from the work of future volunteers, so it’s vital I reach my target.

“The project I’m working on is run by the development charity, Progressio and aims to tackle poverty by promoting local economic initiatives within indigenous communities, educating people about HIV and AIDS and more. This is a unique opportunity to work alongside people from a different culture who have requested help from young volunteers to fight poverty and make a difference where it’s needed most. I’m really excited to get out there.

“I chose to volunteer overseas with Progressio ICS because I want to attempt to make an impact in a society with issues far different from mine. There is no better way to learn about global issues than to go the country and meet local people who have been and still are being affected by these issues. I hope to leave Nicaragua with new friends, new skills, new experiences and the satisfaction of making a change.

“I’m looking forward to experiencing a new culture, trying new types of food and meeting new people! I think I can offer energy, ideas and enthusiasm.”

To sponsor Michael Satchell visit

To find out more about ICS or to apply, visit or call 0208 780 7400.


Michael can be contacted on 07769806895 or at: or

For more information please contact ICS media officer, Lucy Ing on 0208 780 7362 or

Notes to editors

1.   Funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), ICS is run by six experienced international volunteering charities (Voluntary Service Overseas, Restless Development, Raleigh International, International Service, Tearfund and Progressio). ICS also works in partnership with Catch 22 and Islamic Relief to recruit and support volunteers in the UK, and with the International Federation of the Red Cross to support young people in developing countries to continue their fight against poverty, beyond the ICS programme. 

2.   ICS is open to everyone and no-one will be excluded on grounds of cost.  All volunteers are asked to fundraise as part of their journey and receive professional support to help them meet their goal.  

3.   The ICS programme covers flights, visas, travel and medical insurance, medication and vaccines, food and accommodation, and a minimal allowance while overseas. Volunteers will receive extensive training and support to achieve the development outcomes of the programme.

4.   ICS is linked with National Citizen Service which last year saw over 8000 young people use their summer holidays to work together to create social action projects in their local communities. This will rise up to 30,000 16 year-olds this year with many of the projects carrying on well beyond the end of the NCS programme.

5.   The government believes ICS will deliver three key outcomes: to have a real and lasting impact through sustainable development projects; to help the volunteers, both those from the UK and from developing countries, learn key life-skills such as teamwork, leadership, communication and project planning; and to instil in these volunteers a life-long commitment to development, becoming active citizens, engaged in their communities and tackling the causes of poverty.

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