CICD is an independent college, and we fund our operations mainly by running a second hand clothes and shoes collection. We don’t receive government support or grants, so you need to fund your own programme. But don't give up - if you have difficulties raising the money at home, you may be able to apply for a place in our scholarship programme, the Gaia Course (read more below and contact us for more information)
The costs of the programme
The enrolment fee is £ 350 for the 12 month Poverty Activist programme and the 4 month People for Change programme. For the 10 month programme, instead of an enrolment fee, you pay £ 500 of the course fees in advance when you enrol yourself.
The course fees for the 12 month Poverty Activist programme are £ 4,600.
The course fees for the 10 month Development Volunteer programme are £ 3,040
The course fees for the 4 month People for Change programme are £ 3,400
The course fees cover the costs for food, accommodation and educational expenses and they are paid at the start of the programme. If you start a programme, but decide to discontinue, you will get a refund of course fees paid according to the agreement in the enrolment documents. The enrolment guarantee cannot be refunded.
For the programmes that have a 6 months project period with Humana People to People, the travel expenses to Africa or India are covered by a travel grant from the organisation. The Humana People to People project also covers the costs of food and pocketmoney during your time at the project, and they arrange the accommodation for you and your Trio.
The Gaia Scholarship Programme
During the Gaia team you can raise a scholarship towards the course fees of the Poverty Activist or the People for Change programmes. The scholarship also covers food and accommodation during the Gaia period. The Gaia team is based at CICD and has a theoretical & practical programme. It consists of practical tasks - mostly in connection with our clothes and shoes recycling project - and studies of environmental and other global subjects.
NB. Because of the UK immigration rules, the scholarship programme is normally available only for students who are UK or Irish citizens or have "leave to remain" in UK, and citizens of countries in the EU or the EEA. However, citizens of Brazil, Argentina and some other countries can also apply because of favourable visa conditions when entering UK. You can read about UK visa regulations here https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa
Policy for refund of fees
Enrolment fees are always non refundable, also if students are refused entry clearance.
No course fees are payable for the Gaia course, so none are refundable.
For the course fees in general, the policy is as follows:
All fees are payable at the start of the course.
The refund policy is explained in the enrolment form signed by student and school at the time of enrolment:
“If I leave the school during the programme I will pay the total expenses for the time I have spent at the school ( £28 / day plus a cancellation fee of £700 ). Any refund is paid within 2 weeks.”
Students who have paid all or part of their course fees and are refused entry clearance will have the full amount refunded within 2 weeks.