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.

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 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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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

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.