Sufia Begum (22) with her children inside their tent at Balukhali, Coxsbazar.
VSO/Abir Abdullah

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Creating lasting change through volunteering

We bring about change not by sending aid, but by working through volunteers and partners to empower communities in some of the world’s poorest regions.

Our work


We have experience working in 60 countries.


We have worked with over 80,000 volunteers.


We have supported over 50,000,000 people worldwide.

COVID-19 response

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


COVID-19 response

Latest insights

Students washing their hands at Shree Nepal National Community Secondary School, Surkhet
VSO/Suraj Ratna Shakya

COVID-19 response

How we’re adapting our work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Volunteer in Mozambique. Community volunteers - part of Cyclone Idai response.
VSO/Peter Caton

The enduring spirit of volunteering

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted a rush of volunteers - it's an inspiring moment, and a reminder of the benefits and lasting power of volunteering.

Volunteers teaching a group of children about social distancing

Pandemic response must empower communities

COVID-19 is accelerating new approaches to do development differently

Nurses in Ethiopia
VSO/Paul James Driscoll

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