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Surviving Cyclone Idai: Elisabeth's storyVolunteer Elisabeth Kisakye, her husband and baby daughter endured a terrifying experience when they were battered by Cyclone Idai in Mozabique's Manica Province. But, as she explains in her report from the field, millions of others are now enduring far worse horrors. Find out how you can help.
We bring people from different backgrounds, expertise and experiences together to fight poverty.
Last year 7,475 volunteers worked alongside partners, communities and institutions to support 1.5 million people across education, health and livelihoods initiatives. In 2017/18:
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.
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.
9 Lessons in living life to the full: From 81-years-young volunteer Mira
“You can only do your bit. But that’s enough” says serial volunteer Mira. She has been supporting VSO for 18 years, having set off on her first placement at the age of 63.