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Girl in Nepal listening to radio lessons during COVID-19 lockdown
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Back to school: Closing the education gap for generation COVID

Schools around the world have begun to reopen, but the attainment gap for children will be wider than ever. VSO’s Lead Education Adviser Purna Shrestha outlines how to close it.

two volunteers wearing masks stood infront of a group of women sat on the floor wearing masks
Anup Goon

Volunteering in the Rohingya refugee camps during COVID-19

Bangladesh is one of the worst-hit countries in Asia for COVID-19, and its densly-populated Rohingya refugee camps have been highlighted as one of the highest-risk areas by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). Anup Goon shares what he is seeing on the ground and how volunteers like him are fighting to prevent a catastrophic outbreak in the camps. 

Mojo smiling with her classmates
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Mojo is back in school

Mojo’s education ended abruptly when she was just eight years old. She had few prospects other than marriage at a very young age. But as Susan Martinez explains, one kind gesture has helped turn Mojo’s life around, with a ripple effect in the community.

Big Sister Joya Parvin is volunteering during COVID-19 in Nepal
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The power of volunteering vs COVID-19 in 10 photos

There's been a spontaneous outpouring of goodwill as communities all over the world have come together to fight COVID-19. Our photo gallery shows how volunteers are tackling the pandemic, thanks to the support of UK Aid.

Celia, 12, sits in front of some damaged school tables after Cyclone Idai
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Girls at risk worldwide as lockdown continues

Girls are at increased risk of child marriage, violence and stigma while schools remain closed. From Kenya, to Mozambique, to Nepal, find out what VSO is doing to support.

Two fisherwomen, Samngath and Thorn, smiling
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The ripple effect of volunteering

One good deed can make waves long into the future. Find out how one Cambodian community is continuing to benefit from a project that concluded in 2018.

Close up of the hands of a VSO ICS team in Battambang, Cambodia
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Social inclusion, gender, and Black Lives Matter

Reflecting on our global work to address issues of diversity, inclusion, equality and anti-discrimination.

Volunteers teaching a group of children about social distancing
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Pandemic response must empower communities

COVID-19 is accelerating new approaches to do development differently

Community volunteer James Lansana puts dishes out to try on an outdoor bamboo rack
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Volunteer field reports from a global pandemic

With most VSO volunteers staying in placement to help tackle COVID-19, three of them share first-hand perspectives on what they are seeing on the ground now.

James Russell works at his laptop from his placement accommodation in Surkhet, Nepal.
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Meet the volunteers fighting poverty from their living rooms

Remote working? You’re not the only one! More than 40 international VSO volunteers are giving online support to projects around the world, despite having had to return home because of COVID-19.

cambodia school girls stood at desks with their hands in the air
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Kids stuck at home? Advice from a VSO volunteer teacher

Education volunteer Mary Watkins shares practical tips to learn from the pragmatism and ingenuity of these teachers in the world's poorest communities. 

Volunteer in Mozambique. Community volunteers - part of Cyclone Idai response.
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The enduring spirit of volunteering

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted a rush of volunteers - it's an inspiring moment, and a reminder of the benefits and lasting power of volunteering.