"You have a role of inspiring and building confidence."
VSO volunteer researcher Pauline Faughan spent three months visiting schools interviewing teachers, pupils and community members on their attitudes to girls education.
"In these days of questioning the effectiveness of volunteering and international development, it is encouraging to learn that an individual can make a difference."
When Andrew Ashe volunteered as a teacher in Papua New Guinea in the 1980s, he can hardly have imagined that more than 30 years later, he’d be helping launch an innovative education project with VSO.
Education volunteer Ann reflects on her time working in Nepal on a project to promote girls' education.
Purna Shrestha looks at how text messaging has been used in India to boost reading skills in primary schools at a low cost.