Graduation and finding a decent full time job were Bangladeshi Farah Moriam's expectations of 2015. But her life changed course when she became a national volunteer team leader on VSO’s International Citizen Service (ICS) programme, traded the capital for a rural village, and saw a new side to her home country.
As the news spread throughout the world on Saturday night of the agreement reached by world leaders at COP21, the reaction from civil society groups, governments and businesses, was overwhelmingly positive. But as we mark this milestone it’s worth remembering that around the world, inspiring people are already taking action to stop further environmental damage and help communities adapt to a changing climate.
Emeline Muhawenimana's early memories of being a refugee as her family fled civil war-torn Rwanda and the kindess they experienced along the way instilled in her a strong desire to give something back. Trading in her 9-5 for three months working with women on the fringes of society in Bangladesh, her experience shows how volunteering changes you and the people around you for the better.
Vix is a Team Leader in Bangladesh with our International Citizen Service (ICS) youth volunteering programme. Here she takes a sensitive look at the complex issues of child marriage and family loyalty in Bangladesh.
Seventy percent reduction in acid attacks in Bangladesh over 10 years proves violence against women is preventable says VSO partner Monira Rahman, CEO Acid Survivors Foundation.