Volunteering is one of the most rewarding ways you can make a real difference to people living in the toughest circumstances. Most people join us because they want to give something back and find they get much more in return.
VSO sends volunteers rather than money. We work on long-term, sustainable solutions. And volunteers are how we do it. Nothing compares with the satisfaction of translating generosity into practical, life-changing achievements.
Make a difference
Volunteering means that you have the chance to really make a difference to the way that others work, for the rest of their lives. You also have the satisfaction of knowing that you have made a lasting impression – your contribution to fighting poverty and disadvantage lives on after you through the lives you touch. And by understanding others' difficulties and dedicating time to tackling them together, you gain new skills, witness fresh approaches to all sorts of situations, and acquire greater confidence to draw on in the future.
Building a fairer world
Volunteering is a hands-on way of building a fairer world, one that allows you to get out of your usual routine and experience a culture that's often different from your own.