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, 18, is the first female student in six years to study carpentry and joinery at the VETA centre in Lindi
Volunteer Peter Okoth is working with farmers, introducing new techniques to increase yields and incomes whilst conserving water.
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.
Payment system reform by VSO volunteers means teachers can reliably access their hard-earned wages.
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.
Sandy Hung, 28, left behind a high-powered role to volunteer with disadvantaged businesswomen in Iringa, Tanzania.
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 working in the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, helping to save young lives every day.
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.
"The confidence I have gained from this experience is something that will definitely help me"