Welcome to Voluntary Service Overseas
A mother always remembers her midwife
At the overrun and busy labour ward in Lira Regional Referral Hospital, Uganda, volunteer Gudrun Witt is working with students, midwives and doctors to make the birthing process safer for women. Gudrun tells her story.
My premature baby wouldn’t have survived
Gloria Amongi, from Uganda, is 22 and mother to three girls. The youngest, Katusabe, was born four months early by C-section after Gloria was in an accident whilst travelling to get malaria treatment. She would not have survived without the neonatal unit at Lira Regional Referral Hospital.
No one should live in poverty and be denied choice and opportunity.
Our extraordinary volunteers live and work side by side with some of the poorest people to improve lives.
Achieving gender justice for all
Of the almost one-billion people living in poverty, 6 out of 10 are women. Women face more obstacles in accessing the vital resources and services that could help them break the cycle of poverty. And when women are held back, we all suffer.
Girls staying in school against the odds
Across Ghana, thousands of girls face pressures that keep them away from school. Less than half continue their education beyond primary school. Three girls explain what their education means to them - and the battles they are fighting to get it.
How one widowed grandma traded her way out of poverty
Maria Jacinto relied on her husband's income from the mines to feed herself and her family. When she became a widow, life was plunged into uncertainty. Maria went from widow to breadwinner and turned her family's fortunes around.
A year after she resisted marriage at 14, Shapla is still happy at school
A year ago we met Shapla, a 14-year-old Bangladeshi girl who used the lessons she'd learned from VSO ICS youth volunteers to convince her dad not to marry her off to a 37-year-old man. One year on, we are delighted to report that not only in Shapla still happy at school, she wants to volunteer to inspire more girls to resist child marriage.
New strength and security for women in India's "hub of trafficking"
In its first year, VSO's Aaghaaz [New Beginning] project, in partnership with telecoms company Bharti Infratel, has supported 1,000 slum-dwelling women, who have survived or been at risk of trafficking, through training courses in employment skills.
Volunteer stories of the women who inspire them
All over the world women are achieving incredible things for themselves, their families, communities and countries. Our volunteers share stories of the women they've met on placement who've inspired them with their humour, intelligence, courage and resilience.
Donating to VSO just got easier!
VSO is upgrading the way it fundraises with ‘Apple Pay’, following the recent launch of Apple’s charity partnership with VSO.
"Come to Rwanda. You will see every volunteer is helpful"
Jan Tomas, 60, is a Dutch early childhood education adviser volunteer working in Rwanda. It's the biggest professional challenge of his career and one of the most fulfilling things he’s ever done.
Justice for women who face violence in Sierra Leone
In Sierra Leone domestic violence tends to be seen as a 'private issue'. In Kenema, VSO has been supporting local organisation FINE-SALON to raise awareness of women's rights and the law, change attitudes, and support survivors to prosecute their perpetrators.