Blog posts about Volunteering
Overcoming life's challenges: Edwin's story
Edwin's experience volunteering led him to recognition as a 'deaf role model' and eventually to a fulfilling job as a teacher.
"All children deserve good teachers" - Wim's story
After a forty-year career in education in the Netherlands, volunteer Wim Voskuilen, 67, is sharing his skills developing a new teacher training curriculum in Cambodia. He explains the impact his work is having on the country and himself.
A chance to give something back: Sean's story
After a personal tragedy, Sean Fitzmaurice decided to use his retirement giving something back by sharing his skills as a VSO volunteer in Malawi. He explains how it's made life meaningful again.
The hardest job in the world
Low pay. Lack of respect. Being asked to achieve the impossible with not enough time, resources or training to do your best. Oh, and the future of the world depends on you. Lucy Taylor hears from four teachers around the world about the challenges they face – and what keeps them going, despite everything.
“I love teaching – but it is so difficult”
Grace Chigwechokha, 41, has 84 children in her class at Chiuzimbi Primary School in Malawi ranging in age from six to 14 years old. She explains how she's seeing her learners overcome these challenging conditions through a VSO project.
“I keep going because I have a passion for teaching”
Josephine earns just £12 a month as a pre-primary school teacher in one of the poorest districts of Rwanda. She's finding creative ways to bring learning to life using old rice sacks and bottle tops, as part of a programme to improve early childhood education in the country.
Fighting for deaf inclusion in Kenya: Sylvester's story
Sylvester Ochieng, 28, is volunteering for a Kenya where all children have equal education opportunities. Children with hearing impairments face additional barriers to attending and making progress in school. He explains the impact he is seeing on his placement in Bungoma County.
Five minutes with...Dr Michael O’Donovan, Consultant Physician, Tanzania
Michael O’Donovan is a consultant physician volunteering with VSO in the department of internal medicine at a busy hospital in the south central region of Tanzania.
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.