60 years in Nigeria

60 years ago VSO set out to fight poverty globally. Today, the work of volunteers means there is much to celebrate in Nigeria. VSO CEO Philip Goodwin joins in.

At Gulu Hospital, here looking after a baby, nurse Gerieke is desperately trying to save babies’ lives.
VSO/Georgie Scott

A matter of life and death for one nurse in Uganda

Gerieke Zandberg, a paediatric nurse from the Netherlands, is working to save babies’ lives at Gulu Hospital in Uganda.

Pakistani couple at wedding, close-up of them holding hands
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This Pakistan shelter is helping women escape violence and rebuild their lives

In Pakistan, nearly one in three married women aged 15-49 reports experiencing physical violence at the hands of their husbands. Panah shelter in Karachi, Pakistan, is offering hope to these women facing domestic abuse, giving not just refuge but rehabilitation.

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.