Group of women smiling
VSO/Paul Wambugu

A fair world for everyone

Creating lasting change by unlocking the power of people

We know that simply sending money can’t make the kind of lasting changes we all want to see. So, we unlock the power of people, bringing together local, national and international volunteers to work alongside the world’s most marginalised and vulnerable communities to build generational change. 

Our work


We have experience working in over 90 countries


We've worked with over 80,000 volunteers.


We've supported over 50 million people

COVID-19 response

We're adapting our work to respond to the most pressing needs. 


COVID-19 response
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Latest insights

A young girl smiles slightly as she peers out from behind a wall in Parsa, Nepal
VSO/P Mathema

Annual review

Read our full annual review for 2020-21, and download reports from previous years.

Irene Bitumbe, winner of the Health volunteer award
VSO/Georgie Scott

Volunteer Impact Awards: The unsung heroes of 2021

At this years’ VSO Volunteer Impact Awards we celebrated the incredible hard work, dedication, and resilience of VSO volunteers, past and present.

Volunteers teaching a group of children about social distancing

Pandemic response must empower communities

COVID-19 is accelerating new approaches to do development differently

Deaf student making bags at a Deaf School vocational centre with VSO national volunteer. Rwanda
VSO/Ben Langdon

Our partners

We believe progress is only possible when we work together. Join us to create lasting change through volunteering.

VSO partners with many organisations across funding, policy, research, sourcing and programme delivery.

Our partners