Schoolchildren, Rwanda
Alice Kayibanda

A day in the life of Rebecca Clark, education leadership adviser, Rwanda

Rebecca Clark, a deputy head teacher from inner-city London, swapped the concrete jungle for greener pastures in the leafy district of Rusizi, Rwanda. She spent two years volunteering on a project supporting the development of education leadership across thirty schools.

VSO health volunteer John Williams in Cambodia
John Williams

Volunteering after retirement: John gives something back in Cambodia

John's lifelong ambition to volunteer abroad was realised at 60, when he was offered a three-month stint in Cambodia with VSO. 

Volunteer Giovanni Villafuerte inspecting the crops and earth in the paddy fields of Banan in Cambodia
Andrew Aitchison

Supporting rice farmers in Cambodia

Volunteer Giovanni is working to support farmers turn their enterprises into robust businesses. Here he talks about the experience as a whole, and the impact he sees.

VSO volunteer John Stedman was the first western teacher at Bhutan's only technical college
John Stedman

Six years in Bhutan

VSO volunteer John Stedman was the first western teacher at Bhutan's only technical college

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..
VSO / Georgie Scott

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
©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. 

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.