When Andrew Ashe volunteered as a teacher in Papua New Guinea in the 1980s, personal computing was just in its infancy, expensive and hardly user-friendly.
He can hardly have imagined that more than 30 years later, he’d be helping launch an innovative education project with VSO.
Back by popular demand, actress Juliet Stevenson ('Truly Madly Deeply', 'Bend it Like Beckham', 'The Politician's Wife') will be the celebrity reader at VSO's 20th Christmas Concert at Westminster's Methodist Central Hall. Juliet explains why she supports VSO and why she's particularly looking forward to the VSO Christmas Concert on Thursday 10 December.
On Saturday 7 November the World Health Organisation declared - after 42 days with no new reported cases – Sierra Leone’s Ebola outbreak is over.
Relief that the 17-month ordeal had finished was reflected in candlelit prayers and unprompted revelries. However, Ebola’s impact on the country far from ends with this milestone.
Getting to the stage where everyone can read is a huge challenge – especially in places like Papua New Guinea, where 25% of children don’t go to school.
Education volunteer Rowan and teacher librarian Tina are seeing some success through an inspiring early years literacy programme.
VSO works with IBM to send groups of employees to developing countries to use technology, business and talent to solve social problems. IBM’s Corporate Service Corp (CSC) has recently been to Bangalore in Karnataka, India’s Silicon Valley. Amongst their many projects, a sub‐team were supporting Enable India, an organisation which strives to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Salvador Segura‐Ortega is part of IBM’s global HR team, located in Mexico City. Taking part in CSC, supporting people with disabilities, had an extra special meaning for Salvador, as he too has a physical disability.
Has the work that I have done here in Nepal been successful? Have I made a difference?
After many years of teaching in Devon, UK, VSO volunteer Ann Marcer recently completed her placement in Lamjung, Nepal where she has been working on a project to encourage more girls to attend and stay at school. Here Ann takes a look back at what has been achieved with the schools and teachers involved in the project.
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.