Volunteer Dr Kiran Cheedella in Sierra Leone

Volunteering as a professional

Are you an experienced professional keen to share your skills and experience with people in Africa or Asia?

An opportunity to make a difference

Greg Gungoll talks with a rice trader Jahangir Alam at a rice shop in Rangpur, Bangladesh

Greg Gungoll talks with a rice trader Jahangir Alam at a rice shop in Rangpur, Bangladesh.

From VSO you’ll get something few other volunteering organisations offer - an opportunity to use your skills and experience to have a long-lasting impact on peoples' lives.

You'll do something very different. You'll bring inspiration, energy and vital practical skills to help secure better healthcare, more valuable education and broader opportunities for poor communities in Africa and Asia.

We require professional volunteers from a number of sectors and specialties. We might be looking for you.

Latest volunteer opportunities
The confidence I have gained from this experience is something that will definitely help me be much bolder in future career decisions.
Greg Gungoll
Volunteer business adviser, Bangladesh

We will support you

  • All travel, vaccinations, expenses and accommodation paid for by VSO
  • Comprehensive medical insurance paid for by VSO
  • Comprehensive training before you go
  • Full support and security from our in-country offices
  • Local living allowance
  • Support with resettlement and re-employment on your return

You're in safe hands

Beth Connelly. THET programme Midwife Trainer for Nurse/Midwifery students at the Holy Family Mission Hospital, Palombe, Malawi.

Beth Connelly. Volunteer midwife trainer. Pictured at Holy Family Mission Hospital, Palombe, Malawi.

VSO has been sending volunteers to communities in Africa and Asia for over 60 years. We have a huge amount of experience, supporting more than 80,000 volunteers in that time.

Together, VSO, its volunteers and partners have supported 50,000,000 people across 60 countries. 

Our professional volunteers are supported before, during and after their placements. Find out more about the medical, personal and financial support we provide. 

Volunteer preparation and support
I have seen more in one year here than I have in my whole career in England.
Beth Connelly
Volunteer midwife trainer, Malawi

Benefits of volunteering with VSO

We believe volunteers are essential in the work to end global poverty and inequality. We also believe there are personal benefits to volunteering too. These include:

  • An incredible experience
  • Personal development
  • Career progression

What are the requirements?

Applicants are assessed individually based on their experience and qualifications. Find out more about requirements and what you can expect.

Requirements to volunteer

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International corporate volunteering

We facilitate impactful collaborations between companies and community organisations, creating shared value through skilled volunteering.

Smiling ICS youth volunteers and young people gather in a team

Youth volunteering (ICS)

  • Volunteering abroad for 18-35 year olds
  • Three to six months in Africa, Asia
  • No need for cash, skills or qualifications