Elaine Bhate on placement
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It's a family affair

In 1990, healthcare worker Elaine Bhate left the UK to volunteer as a VSO midwife. Almost three decades later – her daughter Ria, 19, followed in her footsteps. We caught up with them to understand how volunteering overseas changed their lives.

Man walking through a green field on a Bangladeshi farm

Developing software for a better world

VSO has been working with software consultants, Equal Experts, using software to help rural farmers access new services in Bangladesh.

Giving up the ‘gap yah’: how to make sure you volunteer responsibly

We caught up with VSO’s Responsible Volunteering Specialist to find out how she's raising awareness about orphange ‘voluntourism’ and responsible volunteering.  

A woman farmer who has benefited from VSO's work in Nigeria

The future of farming is female

Fatima Al Hassan is part of a new generation of female farmers. In the past two years, Fatima has gone from cash-strapped housewife to successful entrepreneur, and is helping fight gender inequality along the way.

Ethiopian children sat in a class, smiling and clapping their hands
VSO/Jasper Kasbergen

5 ways we're helping children with disabilities in Ethiopia

With your help, VSO is assisting the Ethiopian government with improving education in the underdeveloped region of Benishangul-Gumuz. Focusing on marginalised and indigenous communities, children with disabilities now have the opportunity to receive an education. From buying hearing aids to building ramps, see how your donations are making a difference.  

Fulani boy grazing cows in Ferlo desert, Senegal, 2017
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Inside the climate-driven conflict in Nigeria

In Nigeria last year, six times more people were killed in clashes between herdsmen and farmers than in attacks by terrorist group Boko Haram. So why aren’t we hearing more on this issue?

Randstad volunteer Jenny Hoevenagel looks at crops in a field next to members of a youth co-operative
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Corporate volunteering: Meet the CEO who wants you to take more time off

Step away from the day job. After 15 years of partnership with VSO, Randstad’s CEO, Jacques van den Broek, tells us why he wants his employees to take time to volunteer.

Karamoja Uganda
VSO/Ginny Lattul

Eight ways corporate volunteering benefits business

VSO Knowledge Exchange offers skilled employees in the private sector a way to volunteer to help change the lives of people in some of the world’s poorest places.

Brown Niyonsaba teaching sign language to community health worker Judith Mugirente
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Leaving no one behind in global health

Despite significant leaps forward in global health over the past few decades, millions of people are unable to access the healthcare they deserve. It’s now imperative that we reach those left behind before it's too late.

Cyclone Idai aftermath

Cyclone Idai: VSO Update

According to the UN, Cyclone Idai may be the worst such disaster ever to occur in the Southern Hemisphere. We have trained volunteers on the ground and are doing all we can to help with the immediate recovery.

Elizabeth Kisakye, recipient of the Resilient Communities Volunteer Award, 2019

Surviving Cyclone Idai: Elisabeth's story

Volunteer Elisabeth Kisakye, her husband and baby daughter endured a terrifying experience when they were battered by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique's Manica Province. But, as she explains in her report from the field, millions of others are now enduring far worse horrors. Find out how you can help.

Women in a policing station in Pakistan

From grassroots to government: Taking the fight for gender equality to the top

Dr Madhuri Singh has been working to end gender-based violence for over 30 years. In 2017, she used her expertise as an eminent VSO volunteer in Pakistan to take the fight against gender-based violence to the highest level.