Welcome to Voluntary Service Overseas
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.
Medical and healthcare volunteer jobs
Use your medical expertise to improve the quality of services and systems across Africa and Asia.
Volunteer jobs in teaching and education
Help ensure that every child has access to a quality education.
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.
Education has to be the root of everything
Paul Jennings has been working as a teacher facilitator in one of the most deprived regions of Tanzania for the last 18 months. He’s supported teachers across 12 secondary schools to help them keep students engaged and attending school. As his placement comes to an end, he reflects on what he’s managed to achieve.
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. The placement made use of his valuable experience from a career as a consultant obstetrician to improve the healthcare services in three hospitals in obstetrics and gynaecology. It was challenging but rewarding and John, now 71, accepted a second VSO position in the country the following year.