Schoolgirls from around the world share their dreams for the future
We asked nine school-aged girls around the world what they wanted to be when they grow up. This is what they said.
Fighting poverty isn’t easy, but it’s working thanks to UK Aid
As one of the expert volunteers making a lasting difference to people in countries far worse off, Bill Carr worries that people in the UK only get to hear about what’s wrong with the British commitment to international development. He explains the difference he’s seen it make with his own eyes.
Is volunteering the key to tackling health inequality?
Health worker shortages mean people in many countries where VSO works can't access quality care when they need it. Here, people with specialist health skills can make a huge impact. VSO volunteers from across the world are sharing skills and saving lives, helping tackle health inequality.
ICS volunteer Ibraham on Ebola, war and education in Sierra Leone
ICS volunteer Ibraham Kamara has a real zest for development. Born and bred in Sierra Leone, this young father has seen his country through war and Ebola. Even though his own schooling has been stilted he was able to finish his diploma and complete an ICS placement.
Five minutes with...Dr Michael O’Donovan, Consultant Physician,Tanzania
Michael O’Donovan is a consultant physician volunteering with VSO in the department of internal medicine at a busy hospital in the south central region of Tanzania.
I’m ready to be a mother now
Susan Ayam beams over her beautiful baby girl Fortunate, who is just two months old. It’s a grateful smile because Fortunate has truly earned her name. When she was only six months pregnant, Susan’s baby literally ‘fell out’.
New mums share joy from the labour ward
VSO volunteers are working in the Lira regional referral hospitals in Uganda to improve services and ensure newborns and their mothers get the best possible care. In the antenatal ward, three women share their experiences.
13 beautiful pictures of mothers and babies
Around the world we're working to save the lives of mothers and newborn babies. Here are some of our most beautiful pictures.
Local mechanic ensures his community has access to fresh water
When Ebola reached Nengbema village in 2015, the entire community was quarantined. Foday Lansana volunteered to become the local well mechanic and ensure his community had access to fresh water.
Life after VSO: New study reveals lasting impacts of volunteering
More than half (55%) of volunteers are more socially active as a result of their placements, according to VSO’s latest study based on data from thousands of volunteers from Africa, Asia and Europe: Impact beyond volunteering.