Labelled a 'prostitute' for going to school

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.

My UN experience: Talking about more than just money and machines

Elisabeth Kisakye is a 32 year old VSO volunteer and human rights activist from Uganda working in the Instituto de Comunicação Social in Moçambique. Here she describes her recent experience speaking at the UN Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Bricklaying towards a more stable life in Northern Uganda

Samantha is volunteering with VSO on a Youth Development Programme in Northern Uganda. The programme supports the social and economic reintegration of vulnerable young people in the area. It is designed to equip them with vocational and life skills to help them gain a sustainable livelihood. She speaks to Brenda, who has graduated from this programme, about her life and her experiences.

Can I volunteer with my partner?

One of the questions we are often asked by prospective volunteers is ‘can I volunteer with my partner?’ While we welcome applications from couples, it can often take longer to find placements for both and it can be more complicated to arrange. In this blog Steve Hynd writes about his experience accompanying his partner Anya as she volunteered with VSO in Uganda.

Volunteering as a family

Is it possible to volunteer with VSO as a family with dependent children? We do have a small number of families who volunteer, but there is a lot to think about. Whether it’s possible will depend on the usual professional and practical factors for other volunteers – you’ll need the skills our partners request, for the time period they ask for – with extra personal considerations thrown in.