VSO's vision is a world without poverty.
We bring people together to fight poverty. As an international development organisation with over 60 years' experience, we know that when passionate volunteers are placed with carefully selected organisations, real change happens.
Like all ICS placements, you'll spend 10-12 weeks volunteering abroad. VSO ICS volunteers work in seven countries across Africa and Asia with local young people and a community partner on impactful and sustainable development projects.
What could you do?
VSO ICS volunteers work on a range of projects:
- Developing employability skills
- Increasing access to education
- Making sure people earn a decent living
- Raising awareness of health issues
- Supporting and developing local businesses
While on placement, you could help educate other young people, set up youth clubs, carry out research into health service access, or create campaigns for social change. On one of our business oriented programmes you might work with a local entrepreneur to help them to promote their business.
How does it work?
You’ll spend 10-12 weeks volunteering overseas, part of a group of five to ten volunteers from the UK, supported by two full-time Team Leaders – one from the UK and one from the country you're based in.
Once you arrive, you'll work with local volunteers, learning from each other and sharing ideas. You will live with a host family, who will help you integrate with the community and understand the culture.
You will also help organise and take part in community action days, designed to address specific issues such as sexual health, hygiene and computer skills. This means you can have a broader impact on the local community, beyond your specific project placement.
VSO is one of the biggest and most respected names in volunteering for international development. We have over 60 years' experience supporting a range of volunteers from diverse backgrounds to live and work in developing countries.
If you’re ready for the challenge, fill in the online application form and select VSO from the list of agencies you want to volunteer with.
If you'd like to find out more before you apply you can call us on +44 (0)20 8780 7400, or learn more about the next steps in your volunteer journey.