A group of people sit on the floor as Daw Hla Myint points out the map of village during a disaster risk management awareness session in Kyatkathone Village
VSO/Nyan Zay Htet

Volunteer with VSO

If you are an experienced professional of any age, you can find out more about volunteering with us on this page. 

If you are interested in volunteering locally, please contact the VSO office in your country of residence.

volunteer prepares to set up the disaster risk management committee (DRMC) signboard at Kyatkathone Village,Kyike Ma Yaw Township, Mon state, Myanmar
VSO/Nyan Zay Htet

Volunteer opportunities

Our current roles for expert volunteers in Africa and Asia.

Sam, a project assistant in Freetown.
Larry Ronnie Tucker

How volunteering works

Everything you need to know about volunteering with VSO.

a VSO volunteer uses the blackboard in a classroom

Volunteering FAQs

The answers to all your frequently asked questions about volunteering with VSO.

Use your skills to make a real contribution

VSO Volunteer in Pakistan
VSO

Sharing your knowledge, skills and energy with others makes a huge difference. Our placements are carefully designed with everyone from governments to local community groups to make sure you pass on the right skills to the right people. 

This way, people can lift themselves out of poverty, and stop relying on others. And you'll change the lives of many, many people. Join us and see just how much of a difference you could make.

How we support you

It's often a big decision to volunteer. We'll support you every step of the way.

Volunteer health and safety is a priority. We ensure our volunteers are medically fit to travel and will be kept safe and healthy throughout the duration of their placement. Our country office staff will be there to help. 

Depending on your placement, you may also be entitled to financial support. 

Personal, financial and local support on placement

Live and current roles

We’re always recruiting skilled professionals from different backgrounds and sectors. Could it be you?

Talent pool roles

We are looking for candidates in a number of anticipated volunteer jobs. These jobs are not confirmed yet. If you are interested in any of these jobs, please complete the application form and we'll be in touch.
Location Apply by
Livelihoods Policy and Advocacy Advisor Various Countries
Entrepreneurship Adviser Tanzania
Business Management Adviser Kenya
Youth Mobilisation Specialist - Cebu City Philippines
Organic Waste Technical Specialist Kenya
Access to Finance Specialist - Kenya Kenya
Youth Mobilisation Specialist - General Santos City Philippines
Business Management Adviser Kenya
Plastic, Metal & Glass Waste Technical Specialist Kenya
Advocacy and Campaign Advisor - Talent Pool Nepal
Girls Education Advisor - Talent Pool Various Countries
STEM Specialist - Talent Pool Various Countries

Where we work

Bangladesh

Livelihoods

Education

  • Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in Bangladesh

Health

Cambodia

Livelihoods

Education

Ethiopia

Education

  • Unlocking Talent Through Technology

Health

  • Equipment and skills to reduce newborn deaths

Malawi

Education

  • Unlocking Talent Through Technology
  • Building Educational Foundations through Innovation and Technology (BEFIT)

Livelihoods

  • Improving Market Access for the Poor
  • Solar Mama Rural Electrification project

Health

  • Improving the health and wellbeing of prison populations in Southern Africa

Myanmar

Education

  • Returning to education after COVID-19

Nepal

Education

Health

  • Interactive theatre for justice
  • Gender Based Violence Prevention and Response (GBVPR)

Rwanda

Health

Education

Uganda

Health

  • Equipment and skills to reduce newborn deaths

Livelihoods

  • SCOPE (Skills and Capacity for Organisational Productivity and Employment)
  • Futuremakers

Education

Not what you're looking for?

Volunteer stories

Children using tablet computers in a Malawi classroom | VSO
©VSO/Amos Gumulira

“Be ready to meet new people and build communities, gain knowledge and a sense of purpose.”

Hear from Lameck Dition Sandram from Malawi, who volunteered in Sierra Leone where he worked on VSO’s Unlocking Talent (UT) project, applying his 25 years of experience in education to train staff and collect real-time project implementation data. 

Kenya farming youth group
Paul Wambugu/Obscuramedia

Celebrating Active Citizenship - 2022 Volunteer Impact Award Winners

On Thursday 8 December 2022, VSO hosted its annual Volunteer Impact Awards, celebrating the exceptional contribution of volunteers from around the world. If you missed the ceremony yourself, we’ll be rounding up our 2022 winners in this blog!

School visit, Ethiopia

“It's been my happiest time. You have to volunteer when you get a chance” - Kamal

Kamal Jaga, 40, from the UK, volunteered for VSO Psychosocial Support Project in Ethiopia, a country ragged by internal conflict that created an estimated 2.2m internally displaced people.