In conversation: Youth Adviser Takyiwa talks lifelong volunteeringDespite volunteering half a century apart, the idea of putting local people at the heart of their work, and creating a place for young voices remains the same.
Growing together in Bangladesh
Volunteer Liz Hunt, an employee of Syngenta, discusses her role supporting VSO's 'Growing Together' programme - working to increase the skills and abilities of 10,000 small-scale rice, potato and vegetable farmers in the Rangpur and Dinajpur districts of north western Bangladesh.
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.
We have the tools to defeat HIV and AIDS but attitudes need to change
It has been quite a week here at the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban. Over 18,000 people attended. 16 years ago – as a VSO volunteer working in South Africa – I attended my first AIDS Conference also held in Durban. It is striking how much has changed since then, but also – and tragically – how little.
Are prisons the missing link to ending the spread of HIV?
Across Southern Africa rates of HIV and tuberculosis are on average twice as high - and in some cases up to 50 times as high - in prisons, as in the general population. Poor conditions in these facilities have led to them being described as 'breeding grounds' or 'incubators' for infection.
It's a family affair: meet the father and son volunteering with VSO
For father and son Matt and Jack Evans, volunteering with VSO gave them a chance to share skills and experiences - from two different corners of the world.
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
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.
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.