Welcome to Voluntary Service Overseas
60 years apart: Here’s how volunteering in Ghana aged 18 changed our livesWatch what happened when we brought two British VSO volunteers together who volunteered in Ghana to find out how different their experiences were – 60 years apart.
Read about VSO volunteers, both past and present, telling in their own words how volunteering changes lives. Have a look at memories and photos from 60 years of volunteering all over the world. You can even add your own account of your time with VSO!
We bring people from different backgrounds, expertise and experiences together to fight poverty. Last year 7,475 volunteers worked alongside partners, communities and institutions to support 1.5 million people:
Sharing skills saves lives, in a country still living with the impact of Ebola
Dr Padma is a GP from London, who is volunteering at Makeni Regional Referral Hospital in Sierra Leone. In a country still reeling from Ebola, she tells us it's often skills, not supplies, that save lives.
Finding Ghana’s hidden children
Mary Loureth Carnable is a disability specialist volunteering with in Ghana. She's working to get vulnerable children such as girls and children with disabilities access to education.
Volunteers set up a street library to get kids reading
While volunteering in Lindi, Tanzania, Steve and Sue noticed that the children they worked with had no access to books. Together with the whole neighbourhood they came up with a new idea to get local children reading.
Volunteering after retirement: John gives something back in Cambodia
John's lifelong ambition to volunteer abroad was realised at 60, when he was offered a three-month stint in Cambodia with VSO.
A day in the life of Rebecca Clark, education leadership advisor, Rwanda
Rebecca Clark, a Deputy Head Teacher from inner-city London, has swapped the concrete jungle for greener pastures. Now she trains Head Teachers in the leafy district of Rusizi, Rwanda, on a two year VSO placement.