Blog posts about Volunteering
Meet the 96-year-old who helped raise £50,000 for VSO
Over the past 40 years, Gwen Owen has helped raise an estimated £50,000 for VSO, supporting better education, health and livelihoods for the world's least privileged people. Gwen says collecting for a good cause isn't just satisfying, it's keeping her young.
"I want the next generation to benefit from my legacy"
Charles knows his time in Tanzania gave him skills that lasted throughout his life. He has generously left a gift in his Will to VSO. Here, he tells us why.
"Volunteering was one of the best times of my life - so I'm remembering it in my Will"
Chris is passionate about the role volunteering can play in changing lives around the world and so has left a gift in his Will to VSO. He shares the experiences that fostered a strong trust in VSO’s legacy.
Prestigious prize to unlock education potential
VSO’s partner in bringing literacy and numeracy to millions of children across Malawi is in the running to win a multimillion dollar prize established by Elon Musk.
Improving school leadership in Tanzania
VSO volunteer and retired primary principal from Co. Wexford Tom O'Donoghue updates us on his work in Tanzania working with head-teachers and school communities.
Good morning Cambodia
Tim O'Connor, a retired primary school principal from Co. Cork, talks about his first eight months as an education management advisor in Cambodia...
Five minutes with... Michelle Dully, Teaching Methodology Adviser, Rwanda
Since 1999, VSO has been placing skilled and experienced education volunteers from across the globe to work with the Rwandan government and partner organisations to improve the quality of education. Michelle Dully from Co. Meath is one such volunteer.
Five minutes with... Bebhinn Ní Mhuirí, Teaching Methodology Adviser, Rwanda
"I've learnt that I’m really strong and there’s a lot of things I can live without. I never thought I would be the type of person who would enjoy volunteering but it’s really shown me that I can make a difference."
Habari za Shinyanga (Hello from Shinyanga)
Liam Egan, who has a wealth of experience in secondary school teaching and adult education, welcomes us into his volunteer life in Tanzania...