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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

Happy International Volunteer Day

Volunteers are at the heart of everything VSO does. We bring about change not by sending aid, but by working with volunteers and partners to empower people living in some of the world’s poorest regions. This year we're celebrating the theme of solidarity through volunteering and encouraging volunteers to act together and to act now for the future of our planet.

community volunteer using a Talking Book to deliver a lesson to the students.
Chosa Mweemba

Volunteer Impact Awards 2022: Changing lives through active citizenship

On Thursday 8 December 2022, we'll be hosting the Volunteer Impact Awards 2022, celebrating the exceptional contribution of VSO volunteers from around the world in creating lasting change in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Text: International Volunteer Day, Together Act Now.

International Volunteer Day 2022

On the 5 of December each year, International Volunteer Day (IVD) celebrates the immense contributions that over one billion volunteers worldwide make towards making societies inclusive, cohesive, resilient, and sustainable. Find out how to get involved with the celebrations.

Long-term volunteer Rea Torres, ICS team leader Torom Justus and SAP corporate volunteer Nadja Attianeze Barreto
VSO/Georgie Scott

Volunteering Together: Blending knowledge and skills for development

This collaborative research project between VSO and the University of Northumbria, examines the value that blended volunteering can bring to development projects. 

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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Gary Spears

Christmas around the world

With Christmas on our doorsteps, millions of people around the world are gearing up to celebrate the festive season. Here we discover how no two countries do Christmas the same with a mini round-up of some of the coolest and quirkiest traditions in places where VSO works.

Living with a disability in Rwanda
©Alexia Webb

Sewing the seams of inclusion and other stories of hope

As we celebrate the UN’s International Day of Persons With Disabilities on December 3, we look back at three of the numerous inspiring stories of hope that demonstrate how VSO’s resilient livelihoods programming is turning the lives of persons with disabilities for the better with a focus on young women and men.

Farmers working in Kenya

In photos: The power of volunteering in 2022

As the year draws to a close, we want to highlight all the amazing work and achievements of VSO volunteers this year.

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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