Blog posts about Volunteering
From anger to action: How to stop 200,000 needless maternal deaths
After a 40-year career in the NHS in the UK, Phil Heywood, 72, is volunteering his skills to help tackle maternal deaths in Myanmar. He explains the global injustice of maternal deaths, and what is being done about it through UK Aid.
Fighting poverty isn’t easy, but it’s working thanks to UK Aid
Bill Carr, 67, has been watching the attacks on UK Aid from his placement in the north of Pakistan with concern. He explains the difference he’s seen it make with his own eyes.
Is volunteering the key to tackling health inequality?
Health worker shortages mean people in many countries where VSO works can't access quality care when they need it. Here, people with specialist health skills can make a huge impact. VSO volunteers from across the world are sharing skills and saving lives, helping tackle health inequality.
ICS volunteer Ibraham on Ebola, war and education in Sierra Leone
ICS volunteer Ibraham Kamara has a real zest for development. Born and bred in Sierra Leone, this young father has seen his country through war and Ebola. Even though his own schooling has been stilted he was able to finish his diploma and complete an ICS placement.
Life after VSO: New study reveals lasting impacts of volunteering
More than half (55%) of volunteers are more socially active as a result of their placements, according to VSO’s latest study based on data from thousands of volunteers from Africa, Asia and Europe: Impact beyond volunteering.
Indian volunteer crowdfunds £3000 to support blind children
After Sayani's elder sister was left unable to walk unaided by a form of arthritis, she developed a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to help educate children with disabilities.
"This experience is even better shared" : Nanda and Hilbert-Jan in Ethiopia
Volunteering couple Nanda and Hilbert-Jan, from the Netherlands, are volunteering together with VSO in Hossana, Ethiopia.
Volunteering after retirement: John gives something back in Cambodia
John's lifelong ambition to volunteer abroad was realised at 60, when he was offered a three-month stint in Cambodia with VSO.
From school drop-out to superstar: How Elias saved 45 children's education
Alone, scared and running for his life, Elias Musabyimana was just ten years old when he survived the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis. It left him deeply traumatised, but determined to dedicate his time, skills and energy to making a better world.