Rickshaw rides #stopthemyth
Rickshaw rides - stop the myth

77% of the UK public think that efforts to tackle global poverty over the last decade have made little or no difference. Think nothing changes in development? Watch this video.

Be: the difference. Be a volunteer. Volunteer with VSO
Be the Difference. Be the volunteer

Can your passion for education bring change that lasts? Your skills and experience can make all the difference. Be the Difference. Be the volunteer. Find out more

VSO ICS Entrepreneur youth programme - apply now to support businesses abroad
ICS Entrepreneur

ICS Entrepreneur – a programme giving young UK volunteers the chance to support entrepreneurs and small businesses in developing countries. Click here to find out more

Sharing skills and saving lives

VSO volunteer Chris Jary, a UK doctor, worked in a severely under-resourced district hospital in Masindi, Uganda. It is meant to have 11 doctors (including Chris) – but it had just four - serving a population of around 500,000 people - some of whom live up to 80 miles away.


Our vision is a world without poverty

We are an international development charity that creates a long-term solution to global poverty – and that solution is people. See what we do or donate now

Have you got what it takes to volunteer?

Around the world, your skills can make a difference. The communities we work in need experienced professionals like you.

As a VSO volunteer, you’ll live and work abroad alongside local professionals, helping improve the quality of life for people who need it most. What’s more, you’ll experience a different culture in a way few people ever can.

You’ll change lives – including your own. Take the first step towards volunteering abroad with VSO today. Find out more and attend a Meet VSO event to hear from a returned volunteer about volunteering with VSO.

VSO also offers youth volunteering for 18-25 year olds as part of ICS.

“It was the most incredible 12 months of my life. Not only did I make a real difference, I also developed professionally.” Olly Jefferies, VSO volunteer