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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.

Simon and Laurence
10 March 2016 - 1:26pm
| VSO Staff
| Rwanda

Like any devoted father, when Simon talks about his 10-year-old daughter Laurence, his eyes shine with pride. The little girl has had to overcome her fair share of battles having been born deaf in a country with limited provisions for children with disability. Simon was desperate to find the right place for Laurence to get an education and have a normal life. 

Volunteer Jo Doyne working in Rwanda
9 March 2016 - 11:06am

Volunteer Jo Doyne is based in western Rwanda, supporting teachers to provide appropriate teaching to children with special needs. She talks to us about her work with Ngwino Nawe, a special needs school.

NICU nurse with baby
4 March 2016 - 2:19pm
| Health Lead
| Ethiopia

On a recent visit to Ethiopia, VSO’s Health Lead, Clive Ingleby, visited staff at Nigist Elleni Memorial (NEM) Hospital. Just one of the hospitals where VSO initiatives are saving young lives.

4 March 2016 - 1:36pm
| Staff
| Rwanda

Alphonsine loves her job as a special needs teacher, but without proper training she was struggling to turn her classroom at Ngwino Nawe into a dynamic and engaging space. That all changed after receiving support from a VSO volunteer.

2 March 2016 - 9:10am
| VSO Staff
| UK

Any visitor to Joseph’s house will soon know all about his 12-year-old daughter, Olivenne. Joseph proudly displays the school report cards which show that, despite being born deaf, Olivenne is progressing well.

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.

Farah Moriam and team of VSO ICS volunteers in Bangladesh
11 February 2016 - 3:32pm
| Volunteer
| Bangladesh

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.