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.
1 degree of separation: how global warming is impacting the poorest people on the planet
Our earth and its weather systems are finely balanced. Even a small change has huge ramifications and it’s the planet’s poorest people who are shouldering the biggest burden.
UPDATE: Flooding in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sierra Leone
Extreme rainfall has caused severe flooding in a number of countries. The people of Bangladesh, Nepal and Sierra Leone, where VSO work on a number of programmes, have been particularly affected.
Volunteers set up a street library to get kids reading
While volunteering in Lindi, Tanzania, Steve and Sue noticed that the children they worked with had no access to books. Together with the whole neighbourhood they came up with a new idea to get local children reading.
The lasting shadow of Ebola: The virus that killed the carers
In 2014 Sierra Leone experienced a devastating outbreak of the Ebola virus. It killed almost 4,000 people. In March 2016, the outbreak was declared over, but the impact the virus had on the country’s fragile health system will be felt for years to come.
Volunteers in the Philippines demonstrate the spirit of volunteering in the face of extremism
Volunteers from the Philippines have mobilised to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Marawi city, where conflict has erupted between government forces and ISIS-affiliated groups.
Sharing skills saves lives, in a country still living with the impact of Ebola
Dr Padma is a GP from London, who is volunteering at Makeni Regional Referral Hospital in Sierra Leone. In a country still reeling from Ebola, she tells us it's often skills, not supplies, that save lives.
Mother Mbalu names baby boy after dedicated Community Health Officer
Mbalu Kamara, was so pleased with the care she received from Community Health Officer Andrew Sesay, she named her baby boy after him.
Sparks are flying off Tanzanian female electrician: Zanab’s story
Zanab has realized her unconventional dream of becoming an electrician. After completing a vocational course run in partnership between British Gas Group, VSO and the Tanzanian Government she is one of only two women in a new trade co-operative, with excellent skills and revving for business.