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Four reasons you should volunteer with VSO if you're retired

Volunteering with VSO provides retired professionals with a wealth of personal and professional rewards, as well as the chance to make a real difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

Nicholas Seun Adatsi

Making the dough: Women in Ghana on baking for a better future

VSO and Mondelēz International, one of the world’s largest confectionary companies, are equipping women farmers with training and support to start their own business enterprises. Two women share the story of how Cocoa Life has given them more independence.

VSO CEO Philip discusses local issues in Sierra Leone

What does ‘Zero Tolerance’ mean at VSO?

As new revelations about abuse and harassment within our sector come to light, we at VSO have also been reflecting on what ‘zero tolerance’ means to us as an organisation.

Philip Goodwin in Nepal
Suraj Shakya

Our commitment to the world’s most vulnerable

As Chief Executive of an international development organisation, recent reports on sexual abuse and exploitation carried out by employees at aid organisations have been incredibly difficult to read and watch.  They have left me feeling appalled and at times disillusioned.

Peer group discussion facilitated by VSO, hearing from married women and men of all ages.

Domestic burden: Young wives in Nepal face violence for 'falling short'

VSO-led research, as part of the One Community One Family (OCOF) project, reveals the difficulties of everyday life for many girls and women in Nepal - but also shines a light on the changing attitudes of the younger generation.

Over fifty years later this volunteer's presence is still being felt

In 1956 David Hoggett volunteered alongside the founder of VSO, assissting Hungarian refugees. His brother Christopher remembers VSO in his Will. 

A group of people holding their awards

VSO volunteer awards 2017 winners

On 5th December we held our second VSO Volunteer Awards to recognise our volunteers from across the globe for their outstanding contribution to developing countries.

A quick guide to volunteering as a nurse or midwife

Are you a nurse or midwife thinking about volunteering with VSO? Find out about volunteer placements for nurses and midwives and the benefits to be gained.

Out-of-school girl in Uganda
VSO/Peter Caton

Schoolgirl or bride? Millions of girls fight for basic rights

More than 130 million girls are out of school. Many dropped out out due to pressure to marry too young, robbing them of their childhoods, their rights and their future. It's not too late to rescue them from a bleak future.

VSO volunteer Sally Darlington with students at Takoradi Polytechnic in Ghana
Sally Darlington

Life’s rich tapestry: Remembering Sally Darlington

Textile artist Sally Darlington was deeply inspired by the four years she spent volunteering with VSO in Ghana. Sally sadly lost her battle with terminal cancer earlier this month, but not before talking to VSO about a life taking the road less travelled. We remember her here.

Dr Gwen Owen, honorary chair of VSO Gloucestershire supporter group
©VSO/Lucy Taylor

Meet the 96-year-old who helped raise £50,000 for VSO

Over the past 40 years, Gwen Owen has helped raise an estimated £50,000 for VSO, supporting better education, health and livelihoods for the world's least privileged people. Gwen says collecting for a good cause isn't just satisfying, it's keeping her young.

"Volunteering was one of the best times of my life - so I'm remembering it in my Will"

Chris is passionate about the role volunteering can play in changing lives around the world and so has left a gift in his Will to VSO. He shares the experiences that fostered a strong trust in VSO’s legacy.