I lost my parents to HIV. Now I’m using my musical talents for goodAfter turning to drink to cope with the loss of his parents to HIV, musician Alfred Mwiza has got his life back on track – by using his creative skills to teach young people about the need for safe sex.
Breaking down bottlenecks to growth in TanzaniaWith one of the world’s youngest populations, Tanzania’s economic growth is being driven by the youth. Find out how three women are creating jobs for dozens more - and changing their communities.
Nowrin vs female farmer povertyAs the sole female volunteer on VSO’s rural livelihoods programme in Bangladesh, Nowrin Sultana, 26, is in demand. For the last two years, she’s been working to financially empower all-female farming groups in rural communities in the northern district of Rangpur.
The power of youth volunteering: Eight years of impact in eight ICS projectsSince 2011, more than 38,000 young people have taken part in ICS. Eight years later, we celebrate eight of our favourite moments of ICS impact.
60 years apart: Here’s how volunteering in Ghana aged 18 changed our livesWatch what happened when we brought two British VSO volunteers together who volunteered in Ghana to find out how different their experiences were – 60 years apart.
Dieng’s story: Fighting polio gave me a passion for educationRem Dieng, 26, was born with polio. It affects the way she walks – and her chances of getting work. Now a volunteer on VSO’s International Citizen Service (ICS) programme, she’s using her story to inspire youth club members to continue into higher education and better job prospects.
In conversation: Youth Adviser Takyiwa talks lifelong volunteeringDespite volunteering half a century apart, the idea of putting local people at the heart of their work, and creating a place for young voices remains the same.
Wrong place, right timeWhen Keah Mcilwain was caught up in a devastating earthquake while on an International Citizen Service (ICS) youth volunteering placement, she knew her career path would change forever. Forced to evacuate home, she came back to the UK with a determination to forge a career in disaster relief.
London Marathon: My fight against pneumonia made me want to give back
When Conor Russell, 23, signed up for VSO ICS, he didn’t know quite how much of an influence it would have on his life. Inspired by those he'd worked with, he ran this year’s London Marathon for VSO. He tells us how it wasn’t a walk in the park.