Volunteering overseas is one of the most rewarding things you can do. It will change the way you see the world. Here are just a few ways it can leave its mark…
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.
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.
Ken Longden explains how his reluctant decision to join a social network led to inspiring reconnections with people touched by his contribution as a VSO volunteer teacher in Nigeria in the 1970s.
International Citizen Service (ICS) volunteers complete some amazing projects in their local communities when they return to the UK. Youth volunteer Takyiwa Danso explains how to make your Action at Home simple and effective.
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.
After decades of teaching in the UK, married couple Sandra and John Ford looked to Africa for their next challenge. They enjoyed their experience with VSO in Tanzania so much that they’ve re-volunteered in Rwanda to help the government develop a new inclusive curriculum and raise standards in schools nationwide.
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.
This festive period sees volunteer Catrin Hepworth travelling home from Rwanda, where she has been working as an education volunteer, to visit friends and family in the UK. Here, she forewarns them of the changes they might notice in her at Christmas gatherings...
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