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Make an impact by sharing your skills and experience with some of the most marginalised people in the world: become a VSO volunteer.

Your opportunity to change lives

From VSO you’ll get something few other volunteering organisations offer: the opportunity to use your skills and professional experience to create lasting change. You'll do something very different. You'll use your inspiration, expertise and vital practical skills to empower people to access quality healthcare, education and livelihoods opportunities. By working in close collaboration with local partners, the impact you make will last long beyond your time volunteering. You will benefit from invaluable opportunities for both personal and career development – creating incredible memories, and often forging great friendships, along the way.

The confidence I have gained from this experience is something that will definitely help me be much bolder in future career decisions.
Volunteer business adviser, Bangladesh Greg Gungoll

Use your skills to make a real contribution

Sharing your knowledge, skills and energy with others makes a huge difference. Our placements are carefully designed with everyone from governments to local community groups to make sure you pass on the right skills to the right people. This way, people can lift themselves out of poverty, and stop relying on others. And you'll change the lives of many, many people.

It's often a big decision to volunteer. We'll support you every step of the way. Volunteer health and safety is a priority. We ensure our volunteers are medically fit to travel and will be kept safe and healthy throughout the duration of their placement. Our country office staff will be there to help. Depending on your placement, you may also be entitled to financial support. 

How volunteering placements work >