Main Page in EnglishIn PortugueseIn SpanishIn BulgarianIn HungarianIn Czechkorea33germany33japan32

Apply Now!

 

A warm welcome to our web site. Here we will introduce you to the programmes and people at CICD and we will do our best to give you a glimpse of what the daily life is  like here. CICD is a place full of activists. People who have taken an active stand to some of the most burning issues of our time and have decided to stand shoulder to shoulder with The Poor.

Since 1998 we have trained hundreds of Development Instructors at CICD - people of all ages, 80 different nationalities, different faiths, different backgrounds in every way. They have gone to carry out front line development work at projects run by Humana People to People in Southern Africa and India, bettering conditions shoulder to shoulder with The Poor. Take a moment to think of this - and take into consideration that we have 11 sister schools that run the same kind of programmes. Our students have, together with us at the schools and all the thousands of people at the development projects, formed a truly unique international brigade taking a stand to and acting upon what is the biggest contradiction in the world of today - the difference between the rich and the poor. In a world that is divided by borders and wars and ruled by the greediness of those who have a lot but want even more, this is in itself remarkable.

 

Our movement is built on togetherness, trust, progress and respect for the individual human being. In a world where violent conflicts in recent years have created divisions among people, mistrust and disregard for human life we will fight hard to maintain our ethos and culture in all that we do.

The Poor is the person whose situation is so desperate, that he needs a helping hand to at all get his head so high up that he can see a future for himself and his family past the next meal. We use the term to stress that we don't see poverty merely as a phenomenon to be studied and theorised upon - we see a big crowd of The Poor - persons like you and me, who have not had a chance to start with, and who are victims of centuries of exploitation by countries from our part of the world - an exploitation that continues to this day.  More than half of the world's people live on less than $2.5 a day. It is a disgrace, and we need to do something about it. Like the man who moved the mountain we must continue to get together in our thousands to stand shoulder to shoulder with The Poor.

We strongly believe that the only way we are going to see some real change in the world is when a lot of people get together and say "enough is enough" and create the future we want for ourselves and for the next generation. We cannot wait for governments and officials to do it. The situation for The Poor is getting worse, not better. The average consumption of a family in Africa has dropped 20% over the last 25 years. Why, with all the resources, know-how and technology available to us in this day and age, is this allowed to happen? At the same time rich nations close their borders, claim debt payments from desperately poor countries, and impose conditions on loans and donations that do not serve the interest of The Poor but of the donor countries themselves. This is the consequence of an economic system that is directed by competition for personal gain.

 

For the individual person this can all be quite daunting, and when adding that we are now facing the bill for not looking after the environment - well, we have to act. It has been difficult for some time to work out what the consequences actually are of global warming - some said that such a thing did not exist, others painted a very bleak picture of the development the next 50 years, as the temperature will be rising. Now there can no longer be any doubt, that climate change is indeed happening. Some scientists say that it is too late to reverse it - all we can do is prepare for the worst. We find our politicians and leaders unable to unite and point a clear direction. We all know that the fossil fuels that we have been burning so massively are running out. We know that the world's population is increasing, and that the biggest increase is in the poorest part of the world. It is logical that the lifestyle and level of consumption that we have grown up with can not continue.  We witness a growing number of serious natural disasters - tsunamis, wildfires, floods, earthquakes. So it makes sense to have a plan and a strategy, but we cannot rely on the world's leaders to make it. We have to get together and start creating a different future.

A wise philosopher once said: "To investigate a problem is to solve it". The same goes for the challenges facing us in the decades to come. It is only when we face up to them, investigate, understand and learn how to deal with them that we can take the right action. We do this at CICD. All our programmes are solidly founded in today's reality and looking towards the future. It is essential that we live and work collectively. The tasks we face are too big to solve alone.

We work with development on all levels. Changing things for the better. At the projects in Africa and India, at CICD, in the wider community, in the teams and groups and indeed with each of us personally. It is not an easy ride. Working with development is exciting and challenging, because there is no recipe. How do you help a community in Malawi to create a better situation for themselves? You can't find the correct answer in an encyclopaedia. Maybe there isn't even a "correct" answer. You have to use your imagination and creativity, learn from your failures, be courageous and never give up. Studies can help you make the right analysis, but the best way of learning is studies combined with practice together with others. It is this kind of practice you get at CICD. Learning here is action based, and you will constantly be involved in projects, actions, planning and conclusions.

 

We all share the responsibility for running CICD with all that it entails. There are all the practical things, of course - cooking and kitchen management, cleaning and maintenance, growing vegetables and looking after our beautiful park, looking after the vehicles and equipment, managing the team economy etc. etc. Living collectively we also share the responsibility for each others' health and development. For many this is the first time in their lives that they live in this way together with people they have not chosen themselves. There are conflicts to be solved, issues to be discussed, differences between people to be used in the best possible way. We all have to work on our social skills and interaction with others.

Our teaching methods are untraditional and demanding, both for students and teachers. We all have to be active and involved to get the most out of it.

Please take a tour of our web site, and do contact us with any questions you may have.

Movies from CICD's programme

When I was in Africa - 6 months volunteer experience CICD May team 2015
When I was in Africa - 6 months volunteer experien...

Our May Team 2015 speaks about their experiences in projects in Zambia and Malawi. To know more visit http://...

CICD - Our reasons to be here
CICD - Our reasons to be here

Some of the members of CICD shared their reasons why they joined the College, what moved them to change their ...

Six Months As A Volunteer In Zambia
Six Months As A Volunteer In Zambia

Liliana from Portugal talks about her six-month experience as a CICD Volunteer in Zambia

CICD   take action in the fight for a better world
CICD take action in the fight for a better world

Enjoy some "snap shots" of the life and activities at CICD - a place for people from many countries, in all ag...

Life in Moçambique through the eyes of Kiyomi
Life in Moçambique through the eyes of Kiyomi

Kiyomi Iida from Japan was a DI at CICD in the November team 2008, and did her 6 months service period in Moza...

August Team 2012- England to Guine-Bissau
August Team 2012- England to Guine-Bissau

Travelling overland to Africa is part of the programme for Fighting with The Poor / August team 2012. Here the...

Volunteer in India - Project 2
Volunteer in India - Project 2

Meet Ricardo and Nhuria, 2 Development Instructors from CICD at Academy for Working Chldren in Dhanwapur Gurg...

CICD live Music Event
CICD live Music Event

Monday 8. April 2013 a Live Music Event to support the travel overland to Africa of August team 2012 took plac...

Volunteer in Africa - From England to Africa with CICD
Volunteer in Africa - From England to Africa with ...

Meet the November team 2012: Fighting with The Poor / 18 months. Follow them throught the 6 months of studies ...

Volunteer in Africa or India with CICD
Volunteer in Africa or India with CICD

Are you ready for big challenges? Would you like to take action together with others to make the world a bette...

Welcome Song
Welcome Song

When Zlatko and his DI-trio from CICD arrived at the project in Zambia, they were greeted in the local school ...

Volunteer in India - Ricardo experience
Volunteer in India - Ricardo experience

Rcardo experience: Ricardo tells about how he prepared at CICD in England and then together with team mate Nhu...

Project DAPP Namibia
Project DAPP Namibia

DAPP means Development Aid from People to People, one of Humana's member organisations in Namibia. This film t...

Volunteer in India - Project 1
Volunteer in India - Project 1

Ricardo and Nhuria, Development Instructors from September team 2011, tell more about their experiences workin...

Important Subjects

stopaids

Our Photo Album

Videos from the programme

Sign-up for our Newsletter

CICD - Winestead Hall - Patrington - Hull  - HU12 0NP  - England  - tel +44 (0)1964 631 826  - CONTACT US FORM

S5 Box

Login