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Electrical engineer Zanab, Tanzania
Will Tucker

Sparks are flying off Tanzanian female electrician: Zanab’s story

Zanab has realized her unconventional dream of becoming an electrician. After completing a vocational course run in partnership between British Gas Group, VSO and the Tanzanian Government she is one of only two women in a new trade co-operative, with excellent skills and revving for business.

Andrew Sesay with Dr Padma and patients
Peter Caton

Going above and beyond to save lives

Andrew Sesay is a Community Health Officer at Binkolo clinic, Sierra Leone. He’s often the first point of call for the thousands of people living in the community. 

Beekeepers and members of the Umutsuma Co-Operative in Nyenyeri Village, Ngororero District, Rwanda.

Progress is sweet for Rwanda's beekeepers

The 'Busy Bee' cooperative are living up to their name. Beekeeping start-up kits and training in business skills, provided by VSO, have helped this group of 26 producers boost their income and entrepreneurial skills.

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.

ICS volunteer Ibraham Kamara, Sierra Leone
© VSO/Peter Caton

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