We're delighted that you’re interested in volunteering with VSO. Before you start searching for available roles, please read below about different ways you can apply, what information you need for your application and what happens once you submit it.
How does the application process work?
- Search and apply directly for a role listed on the job board, if you have the skills and experience outlined in the person specification and the role matches your preferences.
Submit a general application under a sought-after skill area, 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 re visit the website at a later date and look out for our job alert functionality over the coming weeks.
If you still can’t find a suitable role, call us on 020 8780 7500 or register your interest to get an update on available roles.
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)
- 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.