Blog posts about Volunteering
Down to work in Kasama, Zambia
In an extract from his blog, Tom Collins, who is currently volunteering with VSO Ireland as a Financial Management Advisor in Zambia, discusses his first months on placement and how it compares with his previous role in Cameroon.
Every baby deserves a chance to live
Dr Siobhán Neville talks about the challenges and rewards of volunteering on a maternal and neonatal health programme in Lindi, Tanzania, and why she urges other health professionals to do the same.
A volunteer's life in Karamoja, Uganda
Marie Moreau from Dublin, who has just returned from volunteering with VSO Ireland as an Inspection Advisor in Uganda, talks about her experience helping to improve and extend the country's education system.
Tips for applying for a volunteer position overseas
Before you launch into your application, it’s important to understand what is being asked of you and how to best sell yourself on your CV.
The benefits of volunteering at home and abroad
The value of volunteering is something that has long been the focus of VSO's research. But what are the ways in which volunteers really bring about positive change the world over?
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.
5 reasons you should think about volunteering overseas
If you're not volunteering already, there are plenty of reasons why you should be. Not only can it bring about change for less fortunate people and communities, there are plenty of personal rewards to be reaped as well…
Overcoming life's challenges: Edwin's story
Edwin's experience volunteering led him to recognition as a 'deaf role model' and eventually to a fulfilling job as a teacher.
"All children deserve good teachers" - Wim's story
After a forty-year career in education in the Netherlands, volunteer Wim Voskuilen, 67, is sharing his skills developing a new teacher training curriculum in Cambodia. He explains the impact his work is having on the country and himself.