Keeping you safe, healthy and happy whilst on placement.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Training during your placement
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
Upon your return, you'll find that you're part of a community of VSO volunteers.