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Grant is part of Accenture’s Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative

Accenture and the Accenture Foundations have awarded VSO US$3.5 million to help the charity deliver job skills training to approximately 22,300 poor and disadvantaged people in Nigeria, Cambodia, Tanzania and Malawi. This grant brings Accenture’s direct support to VSO to more than US$9.2 million since 2003.

INNOVATIONS in technology are helping teachers to break barriers to education, says leading international development agency, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), to mark World Teacher’s Day on October 5th.

VSO, a charity which aims to fight poverty through volunteers, has been working across Asia and Africa to monitor the positive impact that information technology, such as mobile phone apps and text messages, can have on improving the quality of education.

(LONDON) – LEADING international development charity Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) UK will be hosting a Meet VSO event in Edinburgh on Saturday 4 October, providing locals with an opportunity to learn more about the organisation and how they can apply to take part in a life-changing placement abroad.

The event in Edinburgh will feature talks by volunteers, including Rachel Campbell, who worked on an education project in Ghana and Rhona Hogg, a nurse who worked on a health programme in Uganda.

VSO UK volunteer, Rhona Hogg, says:

LEADING international development charity VSO is set to team up with Nando’s, as the restaurant chain prepares to host its annual Nando’s Football Cup in Isleworth, Middlesex, on Tuesday 23 September.

VSO volunteer nurse, David Atherton, recently returned from a placement in Malawi and he will be taking to the pitch at half time to share his story with staff from Nando’s.

(LONDON) - A VOLUNTEER nurse who works in Manchester will be attending the Labour Party’s annual conference, where she will be stressing the importance of women in leadership roles, here and in the developing world.

Cath Nixon, 30, recently returned from a volunteer placement in Nepal with leading international development charity VSO, where she took a two-year career-break from the NHS to work alongside health workers in a district hospital and across villages to improve standards of care, raise awareness of health issues and empower women to speak out for their rights.

(LONDON) - “Be The Volunteer” will place VSO’s incredible volunteers, who work across the globe in a variety of positions, at the centre of its new campaign, encouraging those keen to join the movement to find out more.

VSO fights poverty through its volunteers and this exciting new campaign, which launches today (Wednesday 10 September), is calling for new recruits from a variety of professional backgrounds.

VSO is sending volunteer teacher trainers to Myanmar throughout August and September, marking a historic moment between Myanmar and the UK.

The initiative is being undertaken in partnership with the British Council, as part of a British Council-DFID funded project, to help improve the quality of education in the country. The programme will be officially opened by the British Ambassador to Myanmar and Jim Emerson, CEO of VSO International, on 25 August.

On Saturday 16th August, Millennium Square was taken over by rickshaws. Members of the public were invited to ride with volunteers from Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and Restless Development. The volunteers’ stories help disprove the myth that international development isn’t working and that ‘nothing ever changes’.

(LONDON) - KATE Turner, a volunteer from Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) UK currently on placement in Rwanda, has been selected to be a UN Youth Blogger at a high-level summit in New York, America, where she will be calling for people with disabilities to be included in the post-2015 development agenda.

LEADING international development charity VSO will be hosting a Meet VSO event in Glasgow on Saturday 23 August, providing locals with an opportunity to learn more about the organisation and how they can apply to take part in a life-changing placement abroad.

The event in Glasgow will feature talks by volunteers, including: Tessa Rockliffe, who worked on an environmental project in Tanzania; Sarah Ward, a project advisor on a mental health programmes in Sri Lanka and Fiona Galbraith, who was a clinical instructor in rural Malawi.