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Ken Longden with Class 4A in the 1970s | VSO
11 February 2016 - 11:28am
| Volunteer
| Nigeria

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.

10 February 2016 - 5:39pm
| By Nick Adie
| Staff member
| UK

All of these people decided to volunteer overseas expecting challenges, adventure and to make a difference. On top of all that, they found each other – proof that love can find you where you least expect it.

Takyiwa Danso at 10 Downing Street | VSO
8 February 2016 - 3:57pm
| Volunteer
| UK

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.

2 February 2016 - 1:42pm
| Staff member
| Tanzania

Children in schools across Tanzania are much better at reading thanks to special ‘box library’ programmes, fostering a love of books at a cost of just £1.88 per child.

Sarah Donachie at a World Environment Day rally in Dhaka
22 January 2016 - 5:35pm
| Lucy Taylor
| Bangladesh

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.

Nepal in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes | VSO International
8 January 2016 - 3:21pm
| Monitoring, Evaluation and Communications Manager
| Nepal

Nepal faces a long road to recovery following the massive earthquakes that caused such devastation in 2015.

Your generous response to our emergency appeal - to the tune of £675,000, has already helped us make a difference to thousands of vulnerable people whose lives were shattered by the disaster. 

John and Sandra Ford volunteering as a couple in Rwanda | VSO International
23 December 2015 - 4:27pm
| Volunteers
| Rwanda

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.

Lydia with other VSO cyclists at Eiffel Tower
22 December 2015 - 1:13pm
| By Lydia Raw
| Fundraiser
| United Kingdom

In January last year, I signed up to ride 300 miles from London to Paris for VSO. I’d recently got a bike (my first since I was 12) and I wanted to take on a challenge. All I needed to do was heed the advice given and all would go well… wouldn’t it?

Tori on placement in Mtwara, Tanzania | VSO ICS
22 December 2015 - 9:39am
| Volunteer
| 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.