Elias Musabyimana VSO Rwanda national volunteer EQUECER project

From school drop-out to superstar: How Elias saved 45 children's education

Elias Musabyimana was just ten years old when he survived the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis. It left him deeply traumatised - but determined to dedicate his time, skills and energy to making a better world.

Girl and her mother at home in Bangladesh | VSO

A year after she resisted marriage at 14, Shapla is still happy at school

A year ago we met Shapla, a 14-year-old Bangladeshi girl who used the lessons she'd learned from VSO ICS youth volunteers to convince her dad not to marry her off to a 37-year-old man. One year on, we are delighted to report that not only in Shapla still happy at school, she wants to volunteer to inspire more girls to resist child marriage.

Dr Alex Burns, vso volunteer GP at Makeni Government Hospital, teaches colleagues and students the importance of using partographs..
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Rebuilding health services after Ebola

VSO volunteers have returned to Sierra Leone after ebola and are working to rebuild health services after such a huge trauma.

VSO volunteer award winners 2016

VSO volunteer awards 2016

On 15 November we held our first ever VSO Volunteer Awards to recognise VSO volunteers from across the globe for their outstanding contribution to developing countries.

Volunteer Stephanie with women Shea nut processors in Ghana
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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.

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

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.