How we do it
Making sure everyone gets the skills they need to live a fulfilled, dignified life.
Over the past five years we have supported almost 3,500,000 children to access the quality education they deserve.
Improving health services for all and empowering the most marginalised to exercise their right to quality care.
Over the past five years we have helped over 3,600,000 people access better healthcare.
Volunteering for Development
Four volunteer researchers worked in four countries (the Philippines, Kenya, Nepal and Mozambique) used participatory action methods to determine the unique value of volunteering in international development.
Most previous studies focussed on the effect volunteering has on the volunteers themselves, there has been little documentation of the impact volunteering creates.
VSO has always believed that people are the best agents of change, and this research now provides evidence for volunteers’ unique contribution to reducing poverty.
Find out more about the research
Our strategy, People First, sets out how we will increase our impact against marginalisation and poverty:
- Extend and deepen our impact through our programmes
- Mobilise global citizens to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Position volunteering as a powerful contribution to delivery of the SDGs
Where we work
EducationEducation and care for refugee children in Bangladesh. Read more...
LivelihoodsYouth volunteering for improved livelihoods and healthImproving youth employmentSupporting female crab farmers . Read more...Growing Together in Bangladesh. Read more...
EducationICS youth volunteering for improved education and livelihoods in RatankiriStrengthening education managementImproving English language learning
LivelihoodsImproving child nutrition in MondulkiriBoosting incomes from fishing and livestockEmpowering young entrepreneurs
EducationImproved education qualityTackling critical capacity gaps in basic educationUnlocking Talent Through Technology . Read more...
HealthEquipment and skills to reduce newborn deaths . Read more...
EducationImproving education for girls and children with disabilities. Read more...Youth volunteering for improved education and livelihoods
LivelihoodsIncreasing profits for cocoa farmers. Read more...
EducationInclusive education for girls and children with disabilities
EducationUnlocking Talent Through Technology . Read more...
LivelihoodsSolar Mama rural electrification project. Read more...
EducationLevelling the playing field for girls through vocational and life skills
HealthPhoning out of Poverty and AIDS. Read more...
HealthSupporting women's organisations fighting gender-based violence
EducationYouth volunteering for improved education, health and livelihoods in LamjungSisters for Sisters Nepal . Read more...Child-centred primary teaching for better literacy and numeracy in remote Jumla and Jajarkot . Read more...
HealthPreventing violence against women in migrant families. Read more...
ResilienceHelping prepare for natural disasters. Read more...
EducationStrengthening education managementYouth volunteering for improved education, health and livelihoods in KwaraNational volunteering to boost education standardsBoosting achievement through mobile science and maths labs
HealthStrengthening policing to combat gender-based violence
Papua New Guinea
EducationSupporting teacher training
ResilienceAddressing poverty and conflict in Mindanao
EducationImproving primary literacy and numeracy skillsIntroducing effective early childhood education
HealthSupporting sexual health and rights for women and girlsDoctors for development
EducationImproving primary education in KageraBox libraries to boost literacy in KageraYouth volunteering for improved education and livelihoodsTeacher training for better primary and secondary education in Tabora, Dodoma and Lindi
HealthPreventing maternal and neonatal deaths in Kigoma region
LivelihoodsBoosting youth employment through vocational training in Mtwara. Read more...Improving education and parental income in KageraBoosting agricultural income and market links in Zanzibar. Read more...Building an enabling environment for young and woman entrepreneurs
Participation and governanceVolunteering for development
HealthReducing maternal and newborn death
LivelihoodsSupporting youth employment
HealthBetter access to knowledge and services for improved youth sexual and reproductive healthYouth volunteering for improved health. Read more...
LivelihoodsAdvocating for land rights . Read more...
HealthYouth volunteering for improved healthSupporting women's rights, health and financial independence