Life-changing stories

What is it like to live and work in a developing country as a VSO volunteer? Read about VSO volunteer experiences, what it's like to work with a VSO volunteer from the point of view of our partner organisations and how VSO’s work is changing the lives of people in the poorest communities every day. These are real stories from real people that leave a lasting impact.

To find out firsthand what it's like to be a VSO volunteer read the blogs written by volunteers currently serving overseas

Vix Anderton VSO-ICS Team Leader in Bangladesh with her counterpart S
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Vix is a Team Leader in Bangladesh with VSO ICS Entrepeneur. Here she gives us an insight into what life is like leading a team of volunteers overseas.

Tackling acid violence in Bangladesh - Nurbanu’s story
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Nurbanu was married for 18 years before her husband threw acid in her face, burning her skin and blinding her. She is one of thousands of women and girls in Bangladesh who have been victim to acid attacks. VSO volunteer Michael McManus worked with human rights NGO, Agrogoti Sanstha, to develop long-term support plans for acid victims and implement measured systems to reduce and prevent acid violence across Bangladesh. 

People fishing in Bangladesh
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In Mongla, Bangladesh, 24-year-old Tripti Rani Sana is worried about climate change. She sees the effect that natural disasters are having on her community’s ability to feed itself: cylones and floods have washed away paddy fields and crops, while the increased salinity of the water has devastated the once-thriving shrimp industry.

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