VSO is an international development charity that works through volunteers. Our vision is a world without poverty in which people work together to fulfil their potential. We bring people together to share skills, creativity and learning to build a fairer world.
Where We Work
Since 1958 we’ve been placing volunteers to work with local communities across Africa and Asia-Pacific. Today we work in over 30 countries and we have recruitment bases in China, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Kenya, the Philippines, the Netherlands and the UK. We work through both international and national volunteers.
VSO works in the most disadvantaged countries where we can make a significant contribution and where it is safe for us to have programmes. In each country, our staff work with local partner organisations to develop a country plan that guides our work. This plan focuses on several of VSO’s development goal areas.
In addition to our work in developing countries, VSO also works to build global understanding of the issues around poverty and disadvantage. Advocacy and development awareness activities by staff, returned volunteers and supporters are part of our ongoing work.
Areas of Focus
VSO’s work revolves around four development areas linked to the priorities of our partners, international development targets and our areas of expertise. These are:
Participation and Governance
We’re committed to gender equality in all our work so that men and women have equal opportunities to realise their potential.
What We Do
VSO recruits staff around the world to work together towards our vision of a world without poverty.
We commit to long-term development goals and long-term partnerships and focus on sustainable development rather than the short-term relief of certain problems. VSO also works to address the structural inequalities and barriers that prevent people from exercising their rights. We use our experience and our supporter networks to work for changes in policy and practice - rich and poor countries - that reduce disadvantage.