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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

Dead cattle in Masai land Kenya

URGENT END OF YEAR APPEAL

The climate crisis is threatening millions of lives in Kenya. Will you act now?

Other ways to support VSO

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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

A child in a wheelchair at school

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.

Girls at the She Club, a safe space for girls to learn about SRHR
Chosa Mweemba

Adolescent and youth health and wellbeing

Improving health services and empowering people 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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Notes from the field: The female farmers cultivating for empowerment

Thematic Partnership Lead-Resilient Livelihoods, Vladymir Rivera, recounts his experience of visiting our agroecology project in Siaya, Kenya sharing his notes from the field.

A national volunteer, gives training about legal rights of women in Zimbabwe.
Columbus Mavhunga

“For me, social work is not just a career, it’s a calling” – Tugwell, Zimbabwe

Hear from Tugwell, a Social Accountability Advisor under the Speak It Loud project in Zimbabwe. He brings his 16 years’ experience as a social worker to help end violence against women and strengthen the women’s movement.

Primary actor working the field

Climate crisis in Kenya is putting millions of lives at risk

Right now, over 3.5 million people are on the brink of starvation across drought-ravaged Kenya. With large parts of the country having suffered a fourth consecutive season of failed rains, crops have been decimated and livestock killed, destroying the livelihoods of many Kenyans.

Our vision

Ghanaian Cocoa farmer

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.

Woman harvesting crops in field.

Annual report

Read our full annual report from 2021-22, 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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More ways you can support VSO