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.

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

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

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."