60 years of volunteeringTo mark our 60th birthday, VSO has dug out the old photo albums, inviting you on a trip back in time to hear from six VSO volunteers on the memories that endure across the decades.
The family that lost everything in Sierra Leone’s mudslideA mudslide and severe flooding shook Sierra Leone to its core last August, leaving thousands homeless. Alpha Kamara, one of those affected, shares his story.
Never again: Sierra Leone’s devastating mudslideA mudslide and severe flooding struck Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, last August, killing hundreds and leaving thousands homeless. While the rest of the world has moved on, Sierra Leoneans are still trying to recover. One year on, how can we prevent such a tragedy from happening again?
Struggles in paradise: Do the world’s poorest actually benefit from tourism?Around the world, tourism is on the rise, but local people often don’t see the benefit. Our work in Zanzibar is a great example of how simple changes could make a world of difference to farmers trying to earn a living.
The deaf volunteer struggling for health equalityAround the world, people with disabilities face additional barriers to getting quality healthcare. Niyonsaba Brown, 31, is a young deaf woman volunteering to change this in her native Rwanda.
A matter of life and death for one nurse in UgandaGerieke Zandberg, a paediatric nurse from the Netherlands, is working to save babies’ lives at Gulu Hospital in Uganda.
This Pakistan shelter is helping women escape violence and rebuild their livesIn Pakistan, nearly one in three married women aged 15-49 reports experiencing physical violence at the hands of their husbands. Panah shelter in Karachi, Pakistan, is offering hope to these women facing domestic abuse, giving not just refuge but rehabilitation.
Meet Karachi’s first female police superintendentWe all know we've got a long way to go on the road to gender equality. But millions of creative, sharp and determined women refuse to wait around for that day – they're taking action now.
10 snapshots into life as a volunteer doctor in Uganda
Hi, I’m Dr Lierka Rodriguez. I am a volunteer obstetrician and gynaecologist working in rural Uganda. Here are some of my favourite moments of my time as a volunteer.