7-year-old Blessing Asokiyine (centre) with her 6-year-old classmate Klevin Atinga and VSO volunteer Mary Carnable, at Goriko kindergarten in Talensi District, Bolgatanga, Ghana
VSO / Teresa Menka

How volunteering works

We send experienced professionals to where they're needed. You share your time and expertise, not your money. This page outlines what to expect if you join VSO as a professional volunteer.

Basic requirements

  • Have at least three years’ experience in your field
  • Have a degree or equivalent qualification
  • Be fit and healthy
  • Pass our criminal record check
  • Be able to commit to the full duration of your placement
  • Be willing to live on a basic allowance and adapt to new living conditions

What you'll need to provide

  • Commitment to the full duration of your placement
  • Medical examination and a dental check up
  • Depending on where you’re from, we may ask you to fundraise
  • Personal effects insurance (optional)
  • Any national insurance and pensions contribution (optional)
  • Any professional memberships and registrations (optional)

Volunteer journey

VSO volunteers in VSO Nepal's Sisters for sisters project

Before you go

Find out about training and medical checks before your placement.

Marianne Bontenbal, VSO volunteer midwife, at work checking new mothers health in the postnatal care ward of the Gulu regional referral hospital, Uganda.

While you're there

Find out about training, accommodation, health and safety while you're on your placement

Meet VSO in London

Upon your return

Find out how we will support you when you return home, and how you can stay engaged with VSO.

What we offer

Education volunteer Wim Lancsweert supporting work to improve education standards in Kep, Cambodia.
VSO/Thomas Roos

Before you go

  • Training 
  • Medical cover
  • Immunisations (if required / depending on where you live)
  • Flights to placement country (if required / depending on where you live)

Before you go

On placement

  • A basic living allowance
  • Accommodation
  • Minimum of 3 weeks annual leave
  • In-country support
  • Work visas (if required / depending on where you live)

On placement support

Questions about volunteering

All girls excited to answer the question asked in a school in Delhi

If you would like to find out more information on becoming a VSO volunteer you can:

Questions about volunteering