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VSO health volunteer Phillip giving instruction in Myanmar

From anger to action: How to stop 200,000 needless maternal deaths

After a 40-year career in the NHS in the UK, Phil Heywood, 72, is volunteering his skills to help tackle maternal deaths in Myanmar. He explains the global injustice of maternal deaths, and what is being done about it through UK Aid.

VSO Volunteer Bill Carr with children and colleague in Pakistan
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Fighting poverty isn’t easy, but it’s working thanks to UK Aid

Bill Carr, 67, has been watching the attacks on UK Aid from his placement in the north of Pakistan with concern. He explains the difference he’s seen it make with his own eyes.

ICS volunteer Ibraham Kamara, Sierra Leone
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ICS volunteer Ibraham on Ebola, war and education in Sierra Leone

ICS volunteer Ibraham Kamara has a real zest for development. Born and bred in Sierra Leone, this young father has seen his country through war and Ebola. Even though his own schooling has been stilted he was able to finish his diploma and complete an ICS placement.

Foday Lansana, local mechanic in Nengbema village, Sierra Leone fixing a water pump
Peter Caton

Local mechanic ensures his community has access to fresh water

When Ebola reached Nengbema village in 2015, the entire community was quarantined. Foday Lansana volunteered to become the local well mechanic and ensure his community had access to fresh water.

Schoolchildren, Rwanda
Alice Kayibanda

A day in the life of Rebecca Clark, education leadership adviser, Rwanda

Rebecca Clark, a deputy head teacher from inner-city London, swapped the concrete jungle for greener pastures in the leafy district of Rusizi, Rwanda. She spent two years volunteering on a project supporting the development of education leadership across thirty schools.

VSO health volunteer John Williams in Cambodia
John Williams

Volunteering after retirement: John gives something back in Cambodia

John's lifelong ambition to volunteer abroad was realised at 60, when he was offered a three-month stint in Cambodia with VSO. 

Volunteer Giovanni Villafuerte inspecting the crops and earth in the paddy fields of Banan in Cambodia
Andrew Aitchison

Supporting rice farmers in Cambodia

Volunteer Giovanni is working to support farmers turn their enterprises into robust businesses. Here he talks about the experience as a whole, and the impact he sees.

VSO volunteer John Stedman was the first western teacher at Bhutan's only technical college
John Stedman

Six years in Bhutan

VSO volunteer John Stedman was the first western teacher at Bhutan's only technical college

Elias Musabyimana VSO Rwanda national volunteer EQUECER project
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From school drop-out to superstar: How Elias saved 45 children's education

Elias Musabyimana was just ten years old when he survived the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis. It left him deeply traumatised - but determined to dedicate his time, skills and energy to making a better world.

Girl and her mother at home in Bangladesh | VSO

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.

Dr Alex Burns, vso volunteer GP at Makeni Government Hospital, teaches colleagues and students the importance of using partographs..
VSO / Georgie Scott

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 award winners 2016

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.