VSO Blog

 Returned VSO volunteers, Nigeria-1982-4
25 August 2015 - 2:41pm
| VSO volunteer
| United Kingdom

Sophie Macfadyen, a NCT Breast Feeding Counsellor/Tutor who volunteered with VSO in Nigeria in the 1980's, reflects on how she and her follow volunteers gained a 'VSO family' that has lasted over thirty years since she first volunteered.

19 August 2015 - 12:09pm
| Regional Director, Central and South Asia
| Nepal

I visited Nepal last month to see how VSO colleagues have been supporting communities struck by the terrible earthquakes three months ago. I was blown away – both by the incredible efforts of volunteers, and the results we are already seeing thanks to the generosity of caring VSO supporters who allowed us to double the scale of our work in the country when it mattered most.

VSO volunteer Jessica
Volunteers like Jessica stayed in Nepal after the quakes and are seeing progress - thanks to you

youth volunteer
11 August 2015 - 4:04pm
| Youth Volunteer
| United Kingdom

As a young person, I believe that we must all learn to recognise the role youth can play within our communities and the impact we can make. It’s important that other people, particularly people in positions of power, recognise our contribution too.

10 August 2015 - 2:05pm
| Youth Programmes Support Officer
| United Kingdom

If you think that being young is a barrier to making a difference - then think again. Take a look at these 9 incredible individuals who have turned their passions into action on a large scale. And the exciting thing? This is just scratching the surface. 

10 August 2015 - 9:36am
| Youth Programmes Support Officer
| United Kingdom

Young people are often best positioned to create and contribute to large scale and sustainable change, as such we believe they are critical to and for development. 

SDG Intergovernmental Negotiations at the UN
29 July 2015 - 4:31pm
| Global Policy and Advocacy Advisor
| United Kingdom

Negotiations are in the final stages at the UN in New York, to agree the wording of an agenda that will steer development for the next fifteen years. 

Eight days down, two to go. These negotiations on the final make up of the Sustainable Development Goals framework in New York are nearly over so it’s a good time to step back and reflect on progress and flag up some obstacles that might still remain.

Ebola sign
24 July 2015 - 3:48pm
| Programme Development Adviser
| United Kingdom

Sierra Leone is one of the most frightening places in which to be a pregnant woman – with one of the world’s highest proportion of mothers dying in childbirth and 44 in every 1000 newborns failing to make it to 28 days old. 

Over a year has passed since the first confirmed case of Ebola in Sierra Leone. Since then the disease has taken close to 4000 lives in the country - and the death toll continues to rise. Even though new cases have declined and are now limited to sporadic flare ups, the battle isn’t over. Grave risk to life is still posed by the strain the outbreak has placed on Sierra Leone’s fragile health systems.

8 July 2015 - 3:02pm
| VSO & Action 2015 Advisor, Africa
| Kenya

4 reasons the financing for development conference matters

2015 is a pivotal year in the fight to end global poverty. In September, our elected leaders will agree on a new set of goals that will guide the development agenda for the next 15 years. These goals – currently known as the Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs are ambitious; aiming to end extreme poverty, achieve universal health coverage, gender equity, and quality education for all by 2030, among other big ideas. 

3 July 2015 - 4:42pm
| Senior web editor
| United Kingdom

The tough training, the early mornings and long evenings. The sacrificed weekends and of course, the fundraising. And for what? A medal and some finish line photographs of you looking – well, not your best. So why do I and the thousands of others take part in these gruelling challenges for charity?