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
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How volunteering works

Our volunteers work where they're needed most. You'll share your skills and expertise, not your money, to ensure your work has a lasting and sustainable impact.

Our volunteers come from all sorts of backgrounds, with international volunteers working alongside others from the country or community we’re working in.

Find out more about who can volunteer with us

Our placements are carefully designed in collaboration with everyone from governments to local community groups, to make sure you pass on the right skills to the right people.

The volunteer journey

We’re here to support you at all stages of your volunteer journey – from the moment you consider applying, until long after your placement ends.

How to apply

What to expect from the application process.

Before you start

How we help you prepare to volunteer with us.

Whilst you volunteer

How we support you whilst you're volunteering with us.

Once you finish

What happens when you finish volunteering with us.

Questions about volunteering

All girls excited to answer the question asked in a school in Delhi
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We're always happy to answer any questions you have about volunteering with us.

If you have any questions about volunteering with VSO, we'd love to answer them.

You can:

Questions about volunteering

Find out more about volunteering

A teacher shares best practice as part of the Building Learning Foundations project in Rwanda
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Who can volunteer with us

The key criteria for volunteering with us.

Primary school teacher Souy Kran smiles as she stands at the front of her classroom; behind her, rows of schoolchildren work at their desks.
VSO/Thomas Roos

How to apply

What to expect from the volunteer application process. 

Volunteer Peter helps some pupils at a VSO-supported learning centre
VSO/Paul Wambugu

Volunteering opportunities

Browse all our current volunteer opportunities.