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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
Drawing on his professional experience as an engineer in the UK, VSO EU Aid volunteer James Croston piloted rainwater harvesting techniques and researched hygiene practices in remote rural areas to advise communities on simple solutions to improve sanitation.
VSO volunteer Sarah Matthews drew on her experience of working with WASH technologies and methodologies in developing countries, to provide technical support for WASH initiatives to our partner OXFAM and its local partners in Assam, India,
VSO volunteer disability adviser Christiane Merz has been working in northern Rwanda alongside the district authorities for two years, helping to ensure the needs and rights of people with disabilities are properly met.
Béibhinn Ní Mhuirí, originally from Co. Down, Ireland has spent a year working as a Teaching Methodology Advisor in Rwamagana, Rwanda. Working in 10 schools, across three districts, with over 25 teachers, Béibhinn is sharing her teaching skills to improve the quality of education for Rwandan children.
Mike Ashby is sharing primary teaching skills as a Teaching Methodology Adviser in the Karongi district of Rwanda, working with fifteen schools in a region where tens of thousands were killed during the 1994 genocide. Read more about Mike's work below.
Anuradha Banerjee is a Barclays employee and currently a VSO volunteer in Tanzania. In the UK, she is a Vice-President for business development within Wealth and Investment Management. She has spent five months as a corporate volunteer analysing the Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs) market in Zanzibar so she can advise an international oil and gas company on opportunities to create shared value from its entry into the market.
Michelle Dully, a primary school teacher from Co. Meath, has just come back from a 12 month placement in Muhanga District, Rwanda where she worked as a Teaching Methodology Advisor.
The majority of primary school children in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are unable to read English, a fact that’s exacerbated by limited access to literacy resources in schools across the country. In partnership with the PNG Department of Education, VSO successfully trialled a programme to see if daily mobile phone text message stories could improve English teaching and ultimately, children’s reading. Read about the programme's success below.
VSO volunteer Birgit Konig is a technical advisor for quality and care at St Francis Hospital, a large referral hospital in Tanzania. She is one of a number of international volunteers with healthcare skills working improve the overall management and effectiveness of the hospital. Read more below.
Michael O’Donovan is a consultant physician volunteering with VSO in the department of internal medicine at a busy hospital in the south central region of Tanzania. Watch a short film and read about his work below.