Volunteer Peter and teacher Jackline help some girls who are working together at a large table
VSO/Paul Wambugu

Volunteering as a professional

You can make an impact by sharing your skills and experience with some of the most marginalised people in the world; become a VSO volunteer. You'll do something very different. You'll use your inspiration, expertise and professional skills to help communities access quality healthcare, better education and livelihoods opportunities.

Your opportunity to change lives

From VSO you’ll get something few other volunteering organisations offer:  the opportunity to use your skills and professional experience to create lasting change.

You'll do something very different. You'll use your inspiration, expertise and vital practical skills to empower people to access quality healthcare, education and livelihoods opportunities.

By working in close collaboration with local partners, the impact you make will last long beyond your time volunteering.

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

Volunteering will change your life

Volunteering with VSO is a unique experience.

You will benefit from invaluable opportunities for both personal and career development – creating incredible memories, and often forging life-long friendships, along the way.

You’re in safe hands

We’ve been working with volunteers across Africa and Asia for over 60 years. We have a huge amount of experience, having supported more than 80,000 volunteers in that time.

Volunteering with VSO is a significant commitment. We provide comprehensive support during your time volunteering with us, so you can focus on what matters: making a difference.

How we'll support you

We’re here to support you at every stage of your volunteer journey with us.

No matter where you’re volunteering, we’ll provide you with:

  • induction both before and orientation during your time volunteering, 
  • ongoing support from our local offices, 
  • an offer of a post engagement review

If your placement involves relocating, we’ll also provide:

  • all travel, vaccinations, expenses and accommodation,
  • comprehensive medical cover,
  • dedicated local medical and security support,
  • a reasonable local living allowance.  

How we support you before, during and after your placement

Can I volunteer with VSO?

VSO volunteers come from a range of backgrounds. To volunteer with us, you’ll need a degree or equivalent in a related field and at least three years’ relevant professional experience. All applicants are assessed individually, based on their VSO competencies, skills, experience and qualifications.

Who can volunteer

Find and apply for a role

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