Our engineering and technical volunteers work in either our secure livelihoods programmes or our health programmes to support healthcare services. VSO works in secure livelihoods in 18 countries across Africa and Asia. For VSO, livelihoods means having the income and resources necessary to meet basic needs and survive shocks. VSO is working to improve health in some of the world's poorest countries. We have 10 programmes across Africa and Asia.
Volunteer engineering and technical roles
Volunteers come from a wide range of professional backgrounds and work to share their technical skills, both in the workplace and in education institutes and colleges. Roles are usually a mixture of practical work with an element of teaching, so any mentoring or teaching experience would be an advantage. You will need a minimum of 3 year experience in your area as well as a relevant degree or other qualifications.
Perhaps you're an electrical engineer who'll be training technicians to maintain life-saving hospital equipment. Or maybe you're an irrigation engineer making it possible for disadvantaged rural groups to grow crops throughout the year. Either way, you'll be making a real difference in people's lives.
How our volunteer engineer and technical programmes work
VSO's secure livelihoods programmes help poor people learn the skills to make a decent living. Volunteers with a background in engineering s play a vital part in those programmes, while those working in our healthcare programmes help improve the quality of healthcare for the most disadvantaged people. Most of our placements are for 1 or 2 years, although we do occasionally have some short term volunteer roles working on setting up specific projects.