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.

Your health

VSO Mozambique Country Director, Ria, and Resilience Advisor, Jonah Tendere, at the INGC warehouse in Gondola, Manica Province.
  • We provide comprehensive medical insurance and support for all volunteers.
  • Each country office has an appointed medical adviser
  • You'll also get a list of recommended doctors, clinics, dentists and pharmacies. 
  • The VSO country office provides emergency contacts and medical emergency procedures 24/7
  • The VSO country office is always there to help with major personal, medical or security problems. 

Your safety

  • VSO constantly assesses security in each of the countries we work in to ensure that our volunteers come to no harm.
  • At VSO we are committed to ensuring the experience of our organisation is one that is free from any form of abuse or exploitation.
  • Everyone who comes into contact with any person associated with VSO should at all times feel respected and safeguarded.

If you have concerns or wish to talk to someone in confidence about a safeguarding issue please contact your country office specific safeguarding officer or the Lead Safeguarding Officer at VSO International on +44 (0)208 780 7500 or

Training during your placement

Janice Ann Perez is an education volunteer from the Philippines. She’s bringing her expertise in child-centred teaching to assess the needs of primary schools across Karamoja, the most deprived region of northern Uganda.

There's a detailed in-country induction by your local VSO country office when you arrive, which covers:

  • Locally-important issues
  • Medical and security procedures
  • Language and cultural training
  • Meeting other local volunteers
  • Specific objectives of your placement

Allowance and accommodation

  • Professional volunteers have an allowance paid in local currency. The allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to live an expat lifestyle or send money home.
  • Accommodation is provided. Generally accommodation is basic. You should be willing to live in the same way as your local colleagues.
  • Minimum of 3 weeks annual leave


More information on becoming a VSO volunteer

VSO volunteers in VSO Nepal's Sisters for sisters project

Before you start your project

Helping you get ready for your placement.

Meet VSO in London

Support after your placement

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