Turning an impossible situation around
Rute found herself in an impossible situation. She was pregnant, widowed and no one in her family was earning an income. Things became worse once she discovered she was HIV positive.
Breaking down HIV stigma in Mozambique
Every day, 410 people in Mozambique are infected with HIV. Celina was diagnosed when she was just 18 years old.
Where could your tech skills take you?
Tech and IT skills are increasingly in demand in developing countries. This means new opportunities for volunteers with expertise in these fields, like Christian Kuijlaars, to improve standards and accountability in health, education and governance in countries like Papua New Guinea.
Condoms, Christ and sex positions: Sarah’s work reducing teen pregnancy in Zambia
Young people in the UK and in Zambia have exactly the same needs. The difference is that in Zambia they face poverty on a whole different scale
Discovering a wealth of opportunity in Tanzania: Sandy's volunteer story
Sandy Hung, 28, left behind a high-powered role to volunteer with disadvantaged businesswomen in Iringa, Tanzania.
Nepal earthquakes: One year on
Many thousands of earthquake survivors are still living in temporary camps. Health services and other infrastructure will need ongoing support to recover and be able to support the rebuilding of a nation.
Labelled a prostitute for going to school
VSO volunteer researcher Pauline Faughan spent three months visiting schools interviewing teachers, pupils and community members on their attitudes to girls education.
20,000 chances to change the world
We’re celebrating 22-year-old Tania Tuzizila from Croydon. She’ll be the 20,000th young person to volunteer through the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.
Seeding a love of reading
Children in schools across Tanzania are much better at reading thanks to special ‘box library’ programmes, fostering a love of books at a cost of just £1.88 per child