By volunteering, you’ll be making a lasting difference to a country. You’ll help lift people out of poverty, learn new skills, experience the world and make new friends. So don’t just dream about it...make a real difference in 2013 volunteering overseas with VSO. Apply now
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We’re looking for professionals who want to make a difference to people who need it most. It’s the chance to live in and be part of their culture and community, raising the quality of life and helping to save lives.
- You'll love a challenge and relish the opportunity to develop new skills, as well as expanding the knowledge of others
- You’ll need to have at least 2 years post-qualification experience
- You are ready to volunteer overseas in the next 18 months
James Elford, Head Teacher - transforming education from the top down
More than half of the world's out‐of‐school children live in just 15 countries, and nearly three million of them are in Ethiopia. Pupils are often passive recipients of knowledge, which can be ineffective at engaging students to think critically and creatively. Ex-head teacher James Elford is spending two years as a VSO volunteer, rolling out a programme that promotes a modern and interactive approach to primary teaching in remote parts of Western Ethiopia.
Volunteering will undoubtedly build your skills and character and will be an incredible experience for you on a personal level. Plus, the professional nature of our volunteering means it can really add value to your CV. In fact, many professional bodies endorse and encourage the work of our volunteers and, in some cases, volunteers return with specialist knowledge that can take their career to the next level.