How to apply

How to apply

We're delighted that you’re interested in volunteering with VSO. Before you start searching for available roles and begin your application, please read the information below.

If you would like to discuss your options with us please email

General applications

Submit a general application if you cannot see a specific role that is suitable. Generic roles, listed without a closing date, are indicative of the skill areas that are most needed by our overseas partners and where we may have roles in future. If there are no roles currently available matching your skill set please revisit the website at a later date and look out for our job alert functionality over the coming weeks.

If you are aged between 18-25 years old then the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme might be more suitable for you.

What do you need to apply?

Once you’ve found a placement you’re interested in applying for, please read the person specification in the attached role description carefully and check you meet the minimum criteria for the position.

You’ll need 30-40 minutes to complete the online application form in one single sitting. You’ll need to include:

  • personal details
  • details of your current or most recent employment updated CV in Word format (max size 200KB), please see a sample CV template for guidance
  • supporting statement of maximum 1500 words in which you explain how you meet the criteria specified in the role description attached to the advert.

If you require an alternative application format, please contact us.

What happens after you apply?

If you have applied for a specific role listed on the job board, our regional recruitment team will consider your application and inform you if you’ve been shortlisted within two weeks of the outlined closing date. Learn more about the volunteer process.

If you have submitted a general application, our UK volunteer relationship advisory team will consider your suitability for typical roles within the skill area and advise you of the outcome. If appropriate, we will contact you to discuss your suitability and further update you when we have roles that meet your skill set, experience and preferences.

Next steps

Search roles and apply

Explore currently available roles and apply now.

Job alerts

Our email service matches your skills to the latest opportunities