Blog posts about Volunteering
Education has to be the root of everything
Paul Jennings has been working as a teacher facilitator in one of the most deprived regions of Tanzania for the last 18 months. He’s supported teachers across 12 secondary schools to help them keep students engaged and attending school. As his placement comes to an end, he reflects on what he’s managed to achieve.
Finding Ghana’s hidden children
Mary Loureth Carnable is a disability specialist volunteering in Ghana. She's working to get vulnerable children such as girls and children with disabilities access to education.
Increasing the income of disabled people in Rwanda
"You have a role of inspiring and building confidence."
Identifying training needs in Tanzania
"The confidence I have gained from this experience is something that will definitely help me"
Tackling high maternal mortality rates in Ethiopia
"It’s great to see skills I have shared being passed on by the trainers." Kate Darlow, VSO volunteer obstetrician, Ethiopia
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.
Forty years on: A former volunteer’s return to Nigeria
"In these days of questioning the effectiveness of volunteering and international development, it is encouraging to learn that an individual can make a difference."
Top tips for completing your ICS Action at Home
International Citizen Service (ICS) volunteers complete some amazing projects in their local communities when they return to the UK. Youth volunteer Takyiwa Danso explains how to make your Action at Home simple and effective.