Volunteering with VSO is your opportunity to improve lives and gain unforgettable experiences. You will immerse yourself in a new culture, face fresh challenges and build new friendships whilst doing something truly fulfilling.
VSO is the world’s leading international development charity that works through volunteers to create a fair world for everyone. At VSO, we pride ourselves on doing development differently. We fight poverty not by sending aid, but by working through volunteers and partners to create long-lasting change in some of the world’s poorest regions.
Over the last sixty years, VSO has worked in over 90 countries with more than 80,000 volunteers and supported over 50,000,000 people.
In 2018/19, VSO supported over one million of the poorest and most excluded people in 23 countries across Africa and Asia.
The communities we work in need people like you – experienced professionals and young people – with the ideas, energy and courage to make a difference.
Placement lengths are usually between one to two years, but roles of six months and less are sometimes available for highly experienced professionals and your young people.
How we support our volunteers
VSO provides a comprehensive financial, personal and professional support package. You’ll get extensive training before leaving and support from local staff when you’re overseas. When you return, we’ll help you resettle.
Find out more about how you can change lives.
‘’If you’re thinking about volunteering I would say do it! It’s amazing. I absolutely love it and if you get the chance, you should definitely give it a go. I think it’s fantastic to do and can build your confidence in so many ways. It gives you a unique experience that can have such a positive impact on other people.’’
Mike Ashby, VSO volunteer.