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Who we are

VSO Ireland is a proud Irish charity working through volunteers to fight poverty, provide education and develop local communities overseas. We specifically work with some of the poorest and most marginalised people and communities in some of the world's poorest places.

VSO Ireland empowers people and communities to play a more active role in their own development. We value inclusion, empowerment, ownership and active participation to deliver long-term change. 

VSO Ireland is part of the international VSO family. For over 60 years, VSO has worked in over 90 countries and with over 80,000 local, national and international volunteers to support over 50 million people.

Our history

VSO's international impact last year

5.5 million

Over 5.5 million were reached through our education projects.


Almost 500,000 people were reached through our resilient livelihoods programme.


Over 900,000 through our wider work on resilience, inclusion and social accountability.