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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

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We have experience working in over 90 countries

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We've worked with over 80,000 volunteers.

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We've supported over 50 million people

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Fundraise for VSO

We’re stronger when we stand together. So, we’ve made some simple how-to guides to provide inspiration and support for your own fundraising initiatives. Find out about fundraising in your community, together with your friends, or in your workplace. 

VSO volunteer Patricia Doyle with seven-month-old baby Eldana Akieiu and her mother Abaynesh Girma in the new paediatric High Dependency Unit (HDU) at Nigist Eleni Mohammed Memorial Hospital in Hosanna, Ethiopia

Remember VSO in your will

A gift in your will can make an impact on the world that lasts for years to come, helping communities build better lives for themselves and access the kind of education, healthcare and opportunities we all take for granted. 

Volunteer Dr Lynch with 2 year old Laxmi, Nepal
VSO / Suraj Shakya

Volunteer with VSO

Help build a fairer and more just world by standing shoulder to shoulder with vulnerable communities, helping them build better lives for themselves. 

Areas of work

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Inclusive education

Making sure everyone gets the skills they need to live a fulfilled, dignified life.

Over the past five years we have supported almost 3,500,000 children to access the quality education they deserve.

Women farmers with a VSO volunteer in Nigeria
©VSO/Onye Ubanatu

Resilient livelihoods

Ensuring people have the skills and opportunities needed to support themselves and their families.

770,000 people have benefited from our work supporting livelihoods over the past five years.

A doctor with a newborn baby in Ethiopia

Healthy communities

Improving health services for all and empowering the most marginalised to exercise their right to quality care.

Over the past five years we have helped over 3,600,000 people access better healthcare.

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Suraj Ratna Shakya

The right to education for girls with disabilities

Izna was born with a hearing impairment and her school in Nepal didn’t have the resources to support her, forcing her to drop out. With the help of the ENGAGE project, Inza is now back in education and thriving.

Woman harvesting crops in field.

Investing in small farmers, agroecology critical to get us out of current food crisis

Already battered by the climate crisis and COVID-19, Africa is now facing rising food prices in light of the war in Ukraine.

Women and youth making briquettes for fuel. Uganda.

Meet VSO’s youth innovators and climate champions

Meet Hosea Tumwine – an extraordinary young person and enthusiastic champion of women and girls’ rights in Uganda. Hosea is a member of VSO’s global youth network.

Our vision

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Vision, values and strategy

A fair world for everyone. Creating lasting change through volunteering.

Volunteer Monica Atim sits outside with two teenage girls, a baby and a woman, discussing contraception

Volunteering for development

Our unique volunteering for development approach puts the most marginalised people first.

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.

VSO Volunteer Ana Paula Pinto reads textbook and performs in classroom activity with the students from primary school at Kyakathone primary school, Myanmar
VSO/Nyan Zay Htet

Volunteering with VSO

Make an impact by sharing your skills and experience with some of the most marginalised people in the world. Become a VSO volunteer.

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