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VSO volunteers and partners reached 1,000,000 people last year.

They brought inspiration, energy and vital practical skills to help achieve community goals: better healthcare, more valuable education and broader opportunities.

About VSO Ireland

VSO Ireland is a leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in some of the world’s poorest countries.

By enabling people and communities to play a more active role in development, volunteering provides the means through which the essential preconditions for sustainable change – ownership, participation, empowerment and inclusion – can be realised.

VSO Ireland forms part of the global VSO family that was founded in 1958 and has sent nearly 40,000 professional volunteers on placements to date.

Our objectives

Our two main objectives are to:

  • advance education and to aid in the relief of poverty in any part of the world, and for these purposes only to send volunteers to the other countries to share and develop their skills and understanding and to share their experience with others in return,

  • educate the public on the causes and effects of poverty and limited education in other countries, to conduct and pursue research concerning these matters and to publish or otherwise make the results of such research available to the public.

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