Harrison Kariuki

Expanding horizons for Deaf youth in Kenya: Harrison’s story

Volunteer Harrison Kariuki is on a mission to end stigma and improve the lives of Deaf young people in Kenya.

Sheila Lawrence (left) and Chrissy Zimba (right), together at a reunion in 2008 in Mzuzu, Malawi

You changed my life

Paralysed in her teens, Chrissy Zimba thought her life was over. VSO volunteer Sheila Lawrence helped her turn it all around. As told to Lucy Taylor.

©Justin Spray

Development through the lens: A volunteer filmmaker in Tanzania

Justin Spray volunteered in Tanzania telling the stories of some of the people whose lives VSO has touched with its work there. He explains how the power of film can be harnessed to create change.

VSO-supported welding graduate Whycliffe Rutalemwa
©VSO/Georgie Scott

"I thought life had ended - but life has just begun" - Whycliffe's story

Whycliffe was supported by VSO to attain an internationally-recognised vocational qualification, which has transformed his fortunes. He now employs three other young people and dreams of volunteering to help other youth in his home near Hoima, Uganda.

Winners of the Volunteer Impact Awards 2018

A night to remember: Global volunteers celebrated at VSO Awards

VSO volunteers, supporters and friends came together to celebrate the impact of volunteering for development at the Volunteer Impact Awards. 

Keith Davies at Uhuru Peak, the top of Mount Kilimanjaro
Keith Davies

Courageous Keith conquers Kilimanjaro

How 62-year-old Keith Davies achieved a long-held goal by trekking Africa’s highest mountain for VSO, overcoming huge challenges and personal tragedy on the way.

Teacher in Rwandan classroom for SSRR project May 2018

Getting children ready to start school in Rwanda

VSO is changing the future of education in Rwanda through helping prepare children for school, training teachers and classroom refurbishment.

Teachers and volunteers having a discussion about learning environments in Rwanda
VSO/Peter Caton

From teacher to volunteer: What’s it like to volunteer with VSO?

Two retired UK teachers decided to embark on a completely new challenge: Wendy is improving teaching standards in Rwanda, while Helen is making education more inclusive in Nepal.

Gwen Harris pictured here is a VSO volunteer who went to Myanmar. Here she is talking to the camera about the unexpected thing she learnt as a volunteer.
VSO/Juanan Eguiguren

The unexpected thing I learnt as a VSO volunteer

Returned volunteers from the UK share some of the unexpected things they learned from their VSO experience, from the practical, to the bizarre, to the profound.

Paul Myovelah, 23, is on a mission to clean up his home town of Iringa, Tanzania through various business ventures.
VSO/Justin Spray

This entrepreneur is on a mission to clean up his town

Paul started his business by volunteering to clean his local hospital and streets for free. Since taking part in a VSO project, he now runs a successful garbage collection, cleaning and composting business.

ICS volunteers in the field
ICS/Cesar Lopez Balan

Building understanding: Mental health and youth volunteering

As the world’s leading organisation that uses volunteering to tackle poverty, VSO is especially interested in understanding how we can best ensure that people of all sorts of backgrounds can access meaningful volunteering opportunities, writes Philip Goodwin, Chief Executive of VSO.

Teacher with a large class size in Malawi
©VSO/Amos Gumulira

Is teaching the world's toughest job?

Low pay. Lack of respect. Being asked to achieve the impossible with not enough time, resources or training to do your best. Teachers around the world reveal the challenges they face – and why they keep at it despite everything.