A group of people sit on the floor as Daw Hla Myint points out the map of village during a disaster risk management awareness session in Kyatkathone Village
VSO/Nyan Zay Htet

Volunteer with VSO

If you are an experienced professional of any age, you can find out more about volunteering with us on this page. 

We also offer:

If you are interested in volunteering locally, please contact the VSO office in your country of residence.

A young man and young woman stand outside, conversing in Rwandan Sign Language
VSO/Mussa

Why volunteer?

Find out about the benefits to yourself and people in poverty.

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

What's involved?

All the facts you need to know about volunteering with VSO.

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.

Use your skills to make a real contribution

Whychliffe Rutalemwa, a Junior welding instructor with students, Tanzania
VSO / Georgie Scott

Sharing your knowledge, skills and energy with others makes a huge difference. Our placements are carefully designed with everyone from governments to local community groups to make sure you pass on the right skills to the right people. 

This way, people can lift themselves out of poverty, and stop relying on others. And you'll change the lives of many, many people.

Join us and see just how much of a difference you could make.

How volunteering placements work

How we support you

VSO Volunteer in Pakistan
VSO

It's often a big decision to volunteer. We'll support you every step of the way.

Volunteer health and safety is a priority. We ensure our volunteers are medically fit to travel and will be kept safe and healthy throughout the duration of their placement. Our country office staff will be there to help. 

Depending on your placement, you may also be entitled to financial support. 

 

Personal, financial and local support on placement

Find and apply for a role

We’re always recruiting skilled professionals from different backgrounds and sectors. Could it be you?

Where we work

Bangladesh

Livelihoods

Education

  • Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in Bangladesh

Health

Cambodia

Livelihoods

Education

eSwatini

Health

  • Interactive theatre for justice
  • Improving the health and wellbeing of prison populations in Southern Africa

Ethiopia

Education

  • Unlocking Talent Through Technology

Health

  • Equipment and skills to reduce newborn deaths

Kenya

Health

  • Delivering Equitable Sustainable Increases in Family Planning (DESIP)

Malawi

Education

  • Unlocking Talent Through Technology

Livelihoods

  • Improving Market Access for the Poor
  • Solar Mama Rural Electrification project

Health

  • Improving the health and wellbeing of prison populations in Southern Africa

Mozambique

Myanmar

Education

  • Returning to education after COVID-19

Nepal

Education

Health

Nigeria

Livelihoods

  • Improving Market Access for the Poor

Pakistan

Health

  • Pakistan Forum for Democratic Policing

Rwanda

Health

Education

Sierra Leone

Health

Tanzania

Livelihoods

  • Improving Market Access for the Poor
  • Lake Zone Youth Empowerment project
  • Tanzania Local Enterprise Development (T-LED)
  • Collective Action for Rights Realisation in Extractives Industry (CLARITY)
  • Futuremakers

Health

Uganda

Health

  • Equipment and skills to reduce newborn deaths

Livelihoods

  • SCOPE (Skills and Capacity for Organisational Productivity and Employment)
  • Futuremakers

Zambia

Health

  • Training and Local knowledge (TALK!)
  • Improving the health and wellbeing of prison populations in Southern Africa

Livelihoods

Zimbabwe

Health

  • Improving the health and wellbeing of prison populations in Southern Africa
  • Speak it Loud

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Volunteer stories

Womens Group, Yambio, Mozambique
Bob Campbell

My incredible volunteer journey - Dr Bob Campbell

Dr Bob Campbell has used his professional experience and skills to support VSO’s programmes in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, and South Sudan. Here reflects on his journey with VSO, it's most memorable moments, and the key things it has taught him.

Volunteer Jessica Sucgang mentoring trainee teachers, Rwanda
Jessica Sucgang

Amplifying the voice of the community in Rwanda

Jessica Sucgang, an experienced teacher from the Philippines, volunteered with VSO’s Building Learning Foundations programme in Rwanda. Read about her experience mentoring teams of national volunteers as part of a programme aiming to improve basic education in Rwanda.

Teacher
Mike Barnes

How tech is helping improve learning outcomes: Mike Barnes’ story

In 2017 Mike Barnes, an ex-primary school headteacher, joined VSO’s Unlocking Talent project in Malawi, providing students with tablet computers loaded with local language courses in numeracy and literacy. Read how he helped improve learning outcomes for thousands of children.