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Volunteer Stephanie with women Shea nut processors in Ghana
©VSO/Andrew Aitchison

Shea joy as volunteer Stephanie returns to progress in Ghana

British volunteer Stephanie Green spent two years in Ghana working to help Shea nut processors become financially independent businesswomen. She returned earlier this year- and was delighted to see that the women are thriving, independent of VSO support.

Members of PECAW Group, a trades company in Tanzania supported by VSO
©VSO/Mwanzo Millinga

Delivering job-ready graduates in Tanzania

Before VSO's project, fewer than one in three graduates were in work within two years of leaving vocational training. Now more than half are employed within six months. 

VSO volunteer obstetrician Alexa Vardy in Ethiopia

Working to reduce newborn mortality rates - Dr Alexa Vardy

Volunteer Dr Alexa Vardy shares her experience of working as an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Abi Adi Hospital in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia.

Volunteer Mira Howard visiting a primary school in Namibia
Mira Howard

9 lessons in living life to the full: From 81-years-young volunteer Mira

“You can only do your bit. But that’s enough” says serial volunteer Mira. She has been supporting VSO for 18 years, having set off on her first placement at the age of 63. 

Bosco is a farmer in Uganda who has been supported by VSO's YELG project
Ginny Lattul

After the conflict I had nothing

Volunteers are working in the Gulu region, supporting young people access a range of employment and educational opportunities. Chairman of the Lacan Kow Lewet cooperative, Bosco Onyaobo, explains how the project has transformed his life.

Volunteer paediatrician examines a two year old

Every baby deserves a chance to live

Dr Siobhán Neville talks about the challenges and rewards of volunteering on a maternal and neonatal health programme in Lindi, Tanzania, and why she urges other health professionals to do the same.

Students holding hands in the yard at Goriko School, Talensi District, Bolgatanga Ghana.

Saying 'no' to forced marriage in Ghana

Imagine being locked up against your will unless you agreed to marry a man you had never met. This is exactly what happened to Jenny, a 17 year old girl living in northern Ghana. 

Mariam Hamis at the VETA centre in Lindi
Mwanzo Millinga

I thought this work belonged to men

 Mariam Hamis, 18, is the first female student in six years to study carpentry and joinery at the VETA centre in Lindi

Peter Okoth is a Kenyan volunteer supporting farmers in Ghana
Teresa Menka

Simple ideas make a big difference for Ghanaian farmers

Volunteer Peter Okoth is working with farmers, introducing new techniques to increase yields and incomes whilst conserving water. 

A volunteer's life in Karamoja, Uganda

Marie Moreau from Dublin, who has just returned from volunteering with VSO Ireland as an Inspection Advisor in Uganda, talks about her experience helping to improve and extend the country's education system.

Souy Kran is a primary school teacher in Cambodia
Thomas Roos

No more missing pay cheques for teachers in Cambodia

Payment system reform by VSO volunteers means teachers can reliably access their hard-earned wages.

Jo Doyne playing with children from Ngwino Nawe village,
Mussa Uwitonze

Building a brighter future for children with disabilities

Volunteer Jo Doyne is based in western Rwanda, supporting teachers to provide appropriate teaching to children with special needs. She talks to us about her work with Ngwino Nawe, a special needs school.