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Volunteer Sandy Hung with Mayemba Mtema, a small shop owner in Tanzania
VSO

Discovering a wealth of opportunity in Tanzania: Sandy's volunteer story

Sandy Hung, 28, left behind a high-powered role to volunteer with disadvantaged businesswomen in Iringa, Tanzania.

Sarah at Community Youth Concern in Zambia

Condoms, Christ and sex positions: Sarah’s work reducing teen pregnancy in Zambia

Young people in the UK and in Zambia have exactly the same needs. The difference is that in Zambia they face poverty on a whole different scale

Rahel Beyan is one of the nurses in Tigray, Ethiopia helping to improve conditions for mothers and newborns at Suhul Hospital.jpg
Paul James Driscoll

Helping save young lives every day

Rahel Beyan is one of the nurses in Tigray, Ethiopia working in the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, helping to save young lives every day.

Local teacher Rebecca has been working alongside VSO volunteer Paul to build capacity
Andrew Aitchison

Education is for everyone

In Lindi, Tanzania, exam results are among the lowest in the country and many students drop out of school early. English teacher, Rebecca Ngovano, has been working alongside VSO volunteer Paul Jennings to try and change this.

UK VSO volunteer Anuradha Banerjee is one of two Barclays employees placed through a VSO-Barclays partnership

Identifying training needs in Tanzania

"The confidence I have gained from this experience is something that will definitely help me"

VSO Uganda volunteer Fred Kasozi

Increasing the income of disabled people in Rwanda

"You have a role of inspiring and building confidence."

Volunteer Paul has been working to make lessons more engaging
Andrew Aitchison

Education has to be the root of everything

Paul Jennings has been working as a teacher facilitator in one of the most deprived regions of Tanzania for the last 18 months. He’s supported teachers across 12 secondary schools to help them keep students engaged and attending school. As his placement comes to an end, he reflects on what he’s managed to achieve.

VSO volunteer researcher Pauline Faughan spent three months visiting schools in Uganda

Labelled a prostitute for going to school

VSO volunteer researcher Pauline Faughan spent three months visiting schools interviewing teachers, pupils and community members on their attitudes to girls education.

Ken Longden with his class in Nigeria 40 years ago

Forty years on: A former volunteer’s return to Nigeria

"In these days of questioning the effectiveness of volunteering and international development, it is encouraging to learn that an individual can make a difference."

Chloe Bean is an education volunteer in Rwanda

Volunteering in Rwanda - one second a day film

British education volunteer Chloe's 90-second film gives a glimpse of her life over a four month period of her volunteering experience in Rwanda.

Andrew Ashe with children using tablets to support education in Malawi

Volunteer to educational tech pioneer: Andrew Ashe, CEO, onebillion

When Andrew Ashe volunteered as a teacher in Papua New Guinea in the 1980s, he can hardly have imagined that more than 30 years later, he’d be helping launch an innovative education project with VSO.

Ann Marcer, education volunteer, VSO Nepal

Success? Have I made a difference?

Education volunteer Ann reflects on her time working in Nepal on a project to promote girls' education.