How we do it
VSO tackles poverty by using the skills, commitment and enthusiasm of individuals from around the world. For 50 years, we have been recruiting volunteers aged between 18 and 75 to live and work in the heart of local communities. We are actively recruiting at all times, and there are a number of placements to suit a variety of ages and professional expertise.
Advocacy and campaigns
VSO supports disadvantaged communities by bringing their stories and experience to the attention of the public and decision-makers worldwide. We undertake advocacy locally, nationally and internationally to bring about positive change to policies and practices. Together with our supporters, we campaign for global justice and help raise awareness of important development issues. Find out more about our advocacy work.
Partnership is a key feature of the way in which we work with other agencies. We work with local partners in the communities we work with, placing volunteers with them to help increase their impact and effectiveness. We also work with corporate partners around the world to provide them with ways to contribute to our development goals in a way that provides benefits to both parties.
Sharing good practice
LINKS (Learning through International Networking and Knowledge Sharing) activities give VSO partners the chance to go to another country to learn and share good practice by visiting or working with agencies there. We also promote and help to organise a variety of national activities that can help to connect in-country partnerships. Activities can include study tours, themed workshops, and in-country partner exchanges. Find out more about our LINKS activities.