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
As the news spread throughout the world on Saturday night of the agreement reached by world leaders at COP21, the reaction from civil society groups, governments and businesses, was overwhelmingly positive. But as we mark this milestone it’s worth remembering that around the world, inspiring people are already taking action to stop further environmental damage and help communities adapt to a changing climate.
VSO volunteer Charlie Taylor from Totnes in South Devon returned from Papua New Guinea in the summer of 2015 after two years helping strengthen community-based organisations of people living with HIV.
Here Charlie explains how his amazing volunteer experience has impacted his life and given him a totally different perspective on his home.
VSO Papua New Guinea has just received funding for four volunteer roles working in Tari, a remote part of the highlands famed for its bountiful birds of paradise and Huli wigmen, whose tribal dress includes large headdresses woven from human hair. As we seek to fill a number of urgent vacancies for positions strengthening healthcare in Papua New Guinea, we explore what it means to volunteer in this incredibly diverse island nation.
Ollie Way says he went through a total 'metamorphosis' volunteering with VSO ICS in the Philippines in 2015 on an environmental project that is helping protect the Caro'od watershed.
New research published this week suggests more than half of working Brits would like to volunteer to make a difference overseas, if they had the support of their employer. With this level of demand it's small wonder that corporate volunteering is on the rise.
But what exactly does corporate volunteering look like in practice, and who does it benefit? We take a look at Bangladesh, where senior figures at agribusiness giant Syngenta are working in partnership with 7000 local farmers in Rangpur and Dinajpur districts.
What's it really like to be a VSO volunteer? Share in the experiences of two of our volunteers, Chloe and Penny, who filmed a second of their experiences a day to make short films that show the VSO volunteer journey.
Every day, 410 people in Mozambique are infected with HIV. People like Celina, who was diagnosed when she was just 18 years old.
She was shocked at the level of stigma and insufficient care that women with the virus and in extreme poverty contend with - and decided to take action, bringing together a group of HIV+ women willing to speak out publicly about their status and raise awareness.
Now, with VSO-supported training, her team is not only inspiring women living with HIV to see positive futures, but offering practical home-based care and support that is truly changing lives.