When Sarah Donachie returned from her volunteer placement in Bangladesh she wasn’t ready to stop making a difference. International Citizen Service (ICS) was just the first step in a journey that has so far seen her re-volunteer, complete a master’s and even set up her own charity in the UK.
Tori Keegan volunteered with VSO International Citizen Service (ICS) in Mtwara, Tanzania, for 10 weeks between August and October 2015.
She reports back from her returned volunteer weekend, an event all British volunteers are invited to when they return the UK, and shares her thoughts on staying involved.
Carol Abiri Leo from Papua New Guinea is a language lecturer at Divine Word University in Madang. In association with VSO, she - like hundreds of other teachers around the globe - will be helping to communicate the new Global Goals to seven billion people over seven days. Here she explains how....
Last Friday, the Sustainable Development Goals were finally agreed by world leaders at the United Nations HQ. This was the culmination of long talks that VSO has been a key player in. Our Chief Executive Philip Goodwin was there at this historic moment and explains how we hope to be leading the change that will make these global goals a reality.
Negotiations are in the final stages at the UN in New York, to agree the wording of an agenda that will steer development for the next fifteen years. Eight days down, two to go. These negotiations on the final make up of the Sustainable Development Goals framework in New York are nearly over so it’s a good time to step back and reflect on progress and flag up some obstacles that might still remain.
I had never been to Brussels until this week when I was immersed in one of the world’s leading events on development, the European Development Days. For two straight days, thousands of people from all over the world gathered to discuss, debate and at times argue the current and future models of development. I heard about global citizenship, culture and sustainability, technology and business but what I most wanted to hear were the voices of the people directly affected by these ‘issues’ and they were not always the loudest.
VSO's vision is of a world where everyone, man or woman, has equal access to the tools that will allow for a dignified life and hope for the future – including education. In the run-up to International Women's Day, we look at how VSO programmes and advocacy work are trying to make this vision a reality - and how you can help.
Ebola has claimed nearly 5000 lives across West Africa, with Sierra Leone being one of the worst-hit countries. Here, Kaday Mansaray Sibanda, VSO South Africa Regional Director, recounts a defiant march representative of the way that active citizens across borders are are trying to show their support for the communities affected by Ebola.