Meet the volunteers forging a friendship revolution
There’s something special about volunteering that forges friendships that can last a lifetime. Four volunteers reveal the unexpected bonds they made through their experience with VSO.
Volunteers set up a street library to get kids reading
While volunteering in Lindi, Tanzania, Steve and Sue noticed that the children they worked with had no access to books. Together with the whole neighbourhood they came up with a new idea to get local children reading.
Six things British volunteers want you to know about investing in ending global poverty
We asked recently returned VSO volunteers from the UK what message they wanted to share, having experienced life on the front line of fighting poverty. This is what they said:
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.
Is volunteering the key to tackling health inequality?
Health worker shortages mean people in many countries where VSO works can't access quality care when they need it. Here, people with specialist health skills can make a huge impact. VSO volunteers from across the world are sharing skills and saving lives, helping tackle health inequality.
Life after VSO: New study reveals lasting impacts of volunteering
More than half (55%) of volunteers are more socially active as a result of their placements, according to VSO’s latest study based on data from thousands of volunteers from Africa, Asia and Europe: Impact beyond volunteering.
Celebrating International Women's Day around the world
This week VSO been celebrating women's rights, diversity and achievements - from Bangladesh to Zambia, Nigeria to Nepal.
New strength and security for women in India's "hub of trafficking"
In its first year, VSO's Aaghaaz [New Beginning] project, in partnership with telecoms company Bharti Infratel, has supported 1,000 slum-dwelling women, who have survived or been at risk of trafficking, through training courses in employment skills.
Girls staying in school against the odds
Across Ghana, thousands of girls face pressures that keep them away from school. Less than half continue their education beyond primary school. Three girls explain what their education means to them - and the battles they are fighting to get it.