VSO is the international development organisation that works through volunteers. We work alongside the world’s poorest people to help them achieve lasting, sustainable futures.
When people team up, they can spark the changes that transform lives. Our volunteers, recruited from around the world, are passionate about fighting poverty and live and work within communities, growing the skills that matter and bridging gaps to create a more equal world.

Why volunteer with VSO?
Are you looking for a life changing opportunity? As a VSO volunteer, you’ll join a global community of more than 40,000 volunteers who have been sharing their skills in developing countries since 1958.
VSO works closely with partner organisations, such as local NGOs, governments and teaching institutions, to identify the most critical issues and the solutions needed to tackle them. So wherever you are placed – in one of 25 countries across Africa and Asia – you can be sure your skills are in need.
As a volunteer, you’ll live and work within the local community – a unique opportunity to discover a new culture and build life-changing relationships. And all that while stretching yourself professionally and gaining valuable experience.
Volunteering overseas is a big commitment, but we’re here to make sure it runs as smoothly as possible. All volunteers receive a comprehensive support package: your costs are covered while in placement and you’ll have your own volunteer advisor throughout. Many of us at VSO have volunteered ourselves – so we know what it’s like.


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