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Volunteer talks to disabled girl and family
VSO/Suraj Shakya

5 steps to tackle ‘Othering’ for global inclusivity

One concept that holds back the journey towards inclusivity is Othering. While it is not a term often thrown around in everyday conversation, its impact on our societies can be profound and far-reaching.

Abdulahi with his award certificate and gift

Your highlights from the 2023 Volunteer Impact Awards

Outstanding performances, inspiring guest speakers and heartfelt speeches from our fantastic volunteers, the  Volunteer Impact Awards had it all! Here are your highlights from the ceremony.

Girl with sight impairment

Learning for lasting peace: how social tension impacts education

For many of us, education is something that we often take for granted. Providing quality education and access to education for all is a tool that has proven to build a cohesive and fairer society.

Family planning workshop
VSO/Paul Wambugu

Looking back on VSO in 2023

As we move into 2024, let’s take the time to reflect on the last 12 months.

Woman with maize plant
Jeff DeKock

COP 28: A step forward for communities impacted by the climate crisis

COP 28 has been and gone – but now that the delegates have all gone home, what do the commitments made mean for the communities that VSO works with on the ground?

Nigerian youth network

Meet the 2023 VSO Volunteer Impact Award winners

On the 7 December we hosted our annual Volunteer Impact Awards, celebrating the inspirational work of VSO volunteers across the globe. We’re delighted to share with you our fantastic winners.

Kelvin Leteipa
Kelvin Leteipa

'Volunteer' - A song by Leteipa the King

Kelvin Leteipa otherwise known in the music industry as Leteipa the King is a talented afro-pop artist from Kajiado Kenya. His song 'Volunteer' was written for the 2023 VSO Volunteer Impact Awards.

Mphatso using tablet in class
Halifax Trading Malawi

The educational tablet that’s unlocking talent in Malawi

Meet 14 year old Mphatso who dropped out of school without the ability to read or write. He was sat in class with 200 other students unable to learn, so what was the point of attending school? Educational tablets are now giving Mphasto the education he deserves.

Emeka and Dotto
Emeka Enwe

The sweet benefits of cross-cultural volunteering

Emeka Enwe, a Finish citizen, and Dotto Joseph from Tanzania might normally live over 4,000 miles apart from each other, but through VSO’s blended volunteering model, they’ve joined forces. Today they’re working together on a beekeeping project in Tanzania.

woman digs a planting hole
Paul Wambugu

Ten reasons why food injustice persists – and what we can do about it

As we mark World Food Day, one statistic should be at the forefront of your mind. Currently one in ten people go to bed hungry each day.

Hands holding seedling
Lisa Marie David

Six ways agroecology is improving food security in hunger hotspots

Pursuing agroecology in hunger hotspot countries is not only a viable strategy for improving food security, but an effective means of promoting water conservation.

sustainable development goals

Eight years on, are we on track to achieve the SDGs?

Eight years ago, world leaders developed the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with hopes to secure peace and prosperity for both people and the planet – yet we are nowhere on track to achieving them by the 2030 deadline. This is a problem that we must continue to address...