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. 

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

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

Volunteering opportunities

Our current roles for expert volunteers in Africa and Asia.

a VSO volunteer uses the blackboard in a classroom

Volunteering FAQs

The answers to all your frequently asked questions about volunteering with VSO.

Use your skills to make a real contribution

VSO Volunteer in Pakistan
VSO

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 we support you

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

We’ve been working with volunteers across Africa and Asia for over 60 years. We have a huge amount of experience, having supported more than 80,000 volunteers in that time.

Volunteering with VSO is a significant commitment. We provide comprehensive support during your time volunteering with us, so you can focus on what matters: making a difference.

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.

How we support you before, during and after your placement

Can I volunteer with VSO?

Man in VSO t shirt in boat
Lisa Marie David

VSO volunteers come from a range of backgrounds. To volunteer with us, you’ll need a degree or equivalent in a related field and at least three years’ relevant professional experience. All applicants are assessed individually, based on their VSO competencies, skills, experience and qualifications.

Who can volunteer

Volunteering will change your life

Volunteering with VSO is a unique experience.

You will benefit from invaluable opportunities for both personal and career development – creating incredible memories, and often forging life-long friendships, along the way.

Personal, financial and local support on placement

Not what you're looking for?

Volunteer stories

Felix and his fellow volunteers
VSO/ Liza Oliver

"When you volunteer, you're not just a participant. You're a decision-maker"

Volunteer Felix Muendo, tells his story of volunteering as a sexual and reproductive health advisor for the ACTIVE project in Kenya.

Abdulahi with his award certificate and gift

Your highlights from the 2023 Volunteer Impact Awards

Outstanding performances, inspiring guest speakers and heartfelt speeches from our fantastic volunteers, the  Volunteer Impact Awards had it all! Here are your highlights from the ceremony.

Nigerian youth network

Meet the 2023 VSO Volunteer Impact Award winners

On the 7 December we hosted our annual Volunteer Impact Awards, celebrating the inspirational work of VSO volunteers across the globe. We’re delighted to share with you our fantastic winners.