International Citizen Service volunteer Deandra explains how an adventure in Cambodia on a 10-week fully-funded placement taught her a thing or two (or ten)...
Catherine Bedford is VSO volunteer, working as a Psychiatric Nurse in Papua New Guinea where the rates of violence against women are amongst the highest in the world for a country not a war. She’s delivering psychological first aid and trauma counselling to survivors often with the barebones of tools and resources. Here are a selection of personal snaps and thoughts that detail her life on the Island.
People often ask us what makes a good volunteer application. It’s a difficult question, as every applicant is different, as is every opportunity. But we’re happy to share our top tips from our experience with VSO.
It’s no secret that being a teacher is tough, and nowhere is this truer than in developing countries. There are 26 pupils in the average UK class - while in Malawi teachers regularly have to contend with 110+ children per class. An education project using tablet computers, launched by VSO last week, aims to reduce the strain and has already seen children complete a year’s worth of learning in just eight weeks during a pilot last year.
The rates of violence against women in Papua New Guinea are amongst the highest in the world for a country not at war. Despite the regularity of severe attacks, particularly within the family, services to support survivors are few and far between. Robyn Borausiki, 25, is a social worker at Modilon Hospital in Medang where she works alongside VSO volunteer Catherine Bedford, a psychiatric nurse. Robyn is offering survivors a range of psychosocial care, treatment and practical support in their Family Support Centre, giving women who previously suffered in silence a chance to change their circumstances. She explains how she became a champion for women's wellbeing.
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In celebration of World Teacher's Day on October 5, we take a look at some very special educators around the world who are going the extra mile to support and improve the learning and development of young people around the world.
Carol Abiri Leo from Papua New Guinea is a language lecturer at Divine Word University in Madang. In association with VSO, she - like hundreds of other teachers around the globe - will be helping to communicate the new Global Goals to seven billion people over seven days. The ‘World’s Largest Lesson’, which starts on Monday 28th September, will promote aims such as ‘End Poverty’ and ‘Fight Inequality’. Carol’s lesson will be taught in one of the most remotest schools in the world....
Last Friday, the Sustainable Development Goals were finally agreed by world leaders at the United Nations HQ. This was the culmination of long talks that VSO has been a key player in. Our Chief Executive Philip Goodwin was there at this historic moment and explains how we hope to be leading the change that will make these global goals a reality.