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.
Schoolgirls from around the world share their dreams for the future
We asked nine school-aged girls around the world what they wanted to be when they grow up. This is what they said.
Using technology to improve education in Malawi
Education volunteer, Fred van den Brug, is one of our volunteers supporting innovative steps tackling some of Malawi's biggest education problems.
"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.
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.
From school drop-out to superstar: How Elias saved 45 children's education
Alone, scared and running for his life, Elias Musabyimana was just ten years old when he survived the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis. It left him deeply traumatised, but determined to dedicate his time, skills and energy to making a better world.
Transforming primary education in Lindi
Jan supports Equip Tanzania, a project working to improve primary education, especially for girls, in the most disadvantaged regions of Tanzania. As an education management specialist he is working to improve leadership across a region responsible for 379 schools.
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.