Volunteer and big sister Anu with Arti in Nepal.
VSO/Omar Havana

A fair world for everyone

Creating lasting change through volunteering

We bring about change not by sending aid, but by working through volunteers and partners to empower communities in some of the world’s poorest regions.

Our work


We have experience working in over 90 countries.


We've worked with over 80,000 volunteers.


We've supported over 50 million people.

COVID-19 response

We're adapting our work to respond to the most pressing needs. 


COVID-19 response

Latest insights

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.

Irene Bitumbe, winner of the Health volunteer award
VSO/Georgie Scott

Volunteer Impact Awards: The unsung heroes of 2021

At this years’ VSO Volunteer Impact Awards we celebrated the incredible hard work, dedication, and resilience of VSO volunteers, past and present.

Volunteers teaching a group of children about social distancing

Pandemic response must empower communities

COVID-19 is accelerating new approaches to do development differently

Nurses in Ethiopia
VSO/Paul James Driscoll

Our partners

We believe progress is only possible when we work together. Join us to create lasting change through volunteering.

VSO partners with many organisations across funding, policy, research, sourcing and programme delivery.

Our partners