Creating something bigger - I am a VSO volunteer

Aisling Healy is a teacher from Clonmel. She is currently living in Woldia in Northern Ethiopia and working as a Higher Diploma Leader improving teacher training in the university. VSO volunteers work at all levels of the education system to build capacity and to ensure that all young people receive a quality education.

What will you be doing in 2014?

Volunteer with VSO and support our work in fighting maternal death in Ethiopia. We need doctors, nurses and health managers to volunteer in early 2014. Take a look at the health opportunities available.

VSO needs teachers

We're currently recruiting experienced primary and secondary teachers and principals for placements in our programmes across Africa and Asia. VSO volunteers help build education capacity to training other teachers ensuring their legacy lives on after they leave. For more information call us on 01 6401060.

Transforming education in Ghana

Nine year-old Lucy was born with a disability. The first eight years of her life were spent at home, unable to walk. Thanks to a VSO volunteer's work with partners as part of the TENI programme funded by Comic Relief, she now goes to school and actively participates in the classroom. To watch a film about how Lucy's life has been transformed click on the image above.

Dr Mary McCauley - I am a VSO volunteer

Dr Mary McCauley is volunteering in Yirgalem General Hospital in south Ethiopia training local midwives and doctors to help reduce maternal and child death rates. Watch her video and see the impact a VSO placement can make to communities.

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Have you got what it takes to volunteer?

Around the world, your skills can make a difference. The communities we work in need experienced professionals like you.

As a VSO volunteer, you’ll live and work alongside local professionals, helping improve the quality of life for people who need it most. What’s more, you’ll experience a different culture in a way few people ever can.

You’ll change lives – including your own. Take the first step towards volunteering with VSO today.

“It was the most incredible 12 months of my life. Not only did I make a real difference, I also developed professionally.” Olly Jefferies, VSO volunteer