Blog posts about Youth Volunteering
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.
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.
Kate tackles early marriages in Bangladesh
Kate Weaver was surprised at the many children being married off by their parents in the rural community where she was volunteering on VSO’s International Citizen Service (ICS) youth programme. She and her team decided to try and address it.
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.
Volunteer Ishamail competes at the Olympic Games
Volunteer Ishamail Kamara, who was on placement with ICS in his home town of Makeni, Sierra Leone in 2013, represented his country in the 100 metre sprint at the recent Olympic Games in Rio.
“If you have education, you can escape poverty”
Ghana’s inclusive education policy, launched last year, is helping to ensure the schooling of disabled children and vulnerable girls remains at the top of the agenda. VSO ICS volunteers Raluca Moraru and Gifty Arthur talk about their time in Talensi district in northern Ghana working on projects making education accessible to all.
20 ways volunteering overseas will change you
Volunteering overseas is one of the most rewarding things you can do. It will change the way you see the world. Here are just a few ways it can leave its mark…
Condoms, Christ and sex positions: Sarah’s work reducing teen pregnancy in Zambia
Young people in the UK and in Zambia have exactly the same needs. The difference is that in Zambia they face poverty on a whole different scale
20,000 chances to change the world
We’re celebrating 22-year-old Tania Tuzizila from Croydon. She’ll be the 20,000th young person to volunteer through the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.
Building a better future for my country
Graduation and finding a decent full time job were Bangladeshi Farah Moriam's expectations of 2015. But her life changed course when she became a national volunteer team leader on VSO’s International Citizen Service (ICS) programme, traded the capital for a rural village, and saw a new side to her home country.