Blogs by Lucy Taylor

VSO volunteers walk through a camp for homeless earthquake survivors in Nepal
25 April 2016 - 8:30am
| Staff member
| Nepal

One year ago today, the first of two massive earthquakes tore through Nepal. Their wake of devastation claimed nearly 9,000 lives and left hundred of thousands of people homeless.

The generous response to our emergency appeal, to the tune of £700,000, made a huge difference to people in dire need. But a year on, Nepal is still in a bad way.

VSO volunteer Sandy Hung with Iringa businesswoman Augusta Mayemba Mtema
18 April 2016 - 2:49pm
| Staff member
| Tanzania

Sandy Hung, 28, left behind a high-powered role in Canada managing millions for the super-wealthy to volunteer with disadvantaged businesswomen in Iringa, on the Tanzania Local Enterprise Development (T-LED) project. It's improving chances for entrepreneurs in four districts on Tanzania by strengthening institutions and coaching small business owners.

Sarah Meath ICS volunteer in Zambia
6 April 2016 - 12:35pm
| VSO Staff
| UK

Any conversation with young people about safe sex, anywhere in the world, is likely to feature a group of sniggering boys asking you what the best positions are. That’s according to Sarah Meath, an ICS volunteer team leader and former Liverpool youth charity worker.

4 April 2016 - 2:57pm
| Staff member
| United Kingdom

Health is precious. Being unwell can keep us keep us from learning, making a living, and caring for our families. Without good quality healthcare, sickness, pregnancy and infection can mean chronic poverty, suffering and stigma.

Together, we're making a real difference by improving health services where action is needed most.

Children playing in Madang Papua New Guinea | VSO
16 March 2016 - 2:51pm
| Staff member

Tech and IT skills are increasingly in demand in developing countries. 

This means new opportunities for volunteers with expertise in these fields, like Christian Kuijlaars, to improve standards and accountability in health, education and governance in countries like Papua New Guinea.

VSO researcher Pauline Faughan in a classroom in Karamoja, Uganda
17 February 2016 - 5:52pm
| Staff member
| Uganda

Educating girls is one of the most powerful ways to reduce poverty, grow household incomes and improve gender equality.

Our latest research in Northern Uganda has uncovered shockingly negative attitudes to girls’ education held by families and even teachers. It highlights the extent of the challenge we face in getting today’s girls through school.

Tania Tuzizila, the 20,000th ICS volunteer | VSO
16 February 2016 - 4:36pm
| Staff member
| UK

This week we’re celebrating 22-year-old Tania Tuzizila from Croydon, who’s travelling hundreds of miles to volunteer in Cambodia.

Tania is a former refugee from the DRC and is an aspiring midwife – but those aren’t the only things that make her special. She’ll be the 20,000th young person to volunteer through the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.

2 February 2016 - 1:42pm
| Staff member
| Tanzania

Children in schools across Tanzania are much better at reading thanks to special ‘box library’ programmes, fostering a love of books at a cost of just £1.88 per child.

15 December 2015 - 5:43pm
| Staff member
| UK

As we wave goodbye to a year that has seen tragedy and terror, it’s worth reminding ourselves that for every awful global event, there have been many acts, on a small and large scale, that remind us of the power and generosity of the human spirit