VSO volunteers in VSO Nepal's Sisters for sisters project

Before you start your project

Helping you get ready for your placement.


VSO volunteer Giovanni Villafuerte delivering a workshop to around 40 farmers within the Banan co-operative outside their rice warehouse to help them increase their crop yields. The VSO / Accenture IMA4P project, Banan, Cambodia.

Our training programme focuses on broadening your understanding of international development and preparing you for living and working in a new environment.

There's also language training, if needed.

Training is delivered through a mix of online courses and residential courses, depending on where you are from.

Starting your placement

We support you every step of the way.

Find out more about on-placement training, accommodation as well as personal and financial support

Support when on placement

Medical checks

VSO Netherlands volunteer, Floris Braat, is working in Butajira hospital, Ethiopia, to share his gynaecology and obstetrics experience with local doctors, improving care for women and newborn babies

As part of our selection process, you will need to be medically cleared by our Medical Team.

You’ll need to submit detailed personal health information and to undergo a full medical examination.

Our Medical Team are experts in the travel health of volunteers working in poorly resourced settings. They’ll review whether the project is medically suitable for you, based on a risk assessment of your health.

For more information please contact VSO's Medical Team on their confidential email medical@vsoint.org

More information on becoming a VSO volunteer

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

Support when on your project

Keeping you safe, healthy and happy whilst on placement.

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Support after your placement

Upon your return, you'll find that you're part of a community of VSO volunteers.

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.