VSO Blog

Andrew Ashe with children at Biwi School, Malawi | VSO
13 November 2015 - 9:35am
| Staff member
| Malawi

When Andrew Ashe volunteered as a teacher in Papua New Guinea in the 1980s, personal computing was just in its infancy, expensive and hardly user-friendly.  

He can hardly have imagined that more than 30 years later, he’d be helping launch an innovative education project with VSO.

Juliet Stevenson reading at VSO Christmas Concert 2014
12 November 2015 - 2:42pm
| UK

Back by popular demand, actress Juliet Stevenson ('Truly Madly Deeply', 'Bend it Like Beckham', 'The Politician's Wife') will be the celebrity reader at VSO's 20th Christmas Concert at Westminster's Methodist Central Hall. Juliet explains why she supports VSO and why she's particularly looking forward to the VSO Christmas Concert on Thursday 10 December.

Women in Sierra Leone | VSO
12 November 2015 - 11:33am
| Country director
| Sierra Leone

On Saturday 7 November the World Health Organisation declared - after 42 days with no new reported cases – Sierra Leone’s Ebola outbreak is over.

Relief that the 17-month ordeal had finished was reflected in candlelit prayers and unprompted revelries. However, Ebola’s impact on the country far from ends with this milestone. 

Salvador Segura‐Ortega in India
4 November 2015 - 10:56am
| Volunteer
| India

VSO works with IBM to send groups of employees to developing countries to use technology, business and talent to solve social problems. IBM’s Corporate Service Corp (CSC) has recently been to Bangalore in Karnataka, India’s Silicon Valley. Amongst their many projects, a sub‐team were supporting Enable India, an organisation which strives to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Salvador Segura‐Ortega is part of IBM’s global HR team, located in Mexico City. Taking part in CSC, supporting people with disabilities, had an extra special meaning for Salvador, as he too has a physical disability.

Two girls, Nepal
26 October 2015 - 2:56pm
| Teacher trainer
| Nepal

Has the work that I have done here in Nepal been successful? Have I made a difference?

After many years of teaching in Devon, UK, VSO volunteer Ann Marcer recently completed her placement in Lamjung, Nepal where she has been working on a project to encourage more girls to attend and stay at school. Here Ann takes a look back at what has been achieved with the schools and teachers involved in the project.

8 October 2015 - 4:34pm
| VSO volunteer
| Cambodia

International Citizen Service volunteer Deandra explains how an adventure in Cambodia on a 10-week fully-funded placement taught her a thing or two (or ten)...

Catherine Bedford, VSO volunteer, PNG
8 October 2015 - 10:07am
| By Nick Adie
| UK staff
| UK

Catherine Bedford is VSO volunteer, working as a Psychiatric Nurse in Papua New Guinea where the rates of violence against women are amongst the highest in the world for a country not a war. She’s delivering psychological first aid and trauma counselling to survivors often with the barebones of tools and resources. Here are a selection of personal snaps and thoughts that detail her life on the Island.

Student teachers in a lesson at Kabaleo Teachers College in Papua New Guinea
7 October 2015 - 12:19pm
| Volunteer Recruitment Advisors

People often ask us what makes a good volunteer application. It’s a difficult question, as every applicant is different, as is every opportunity. But we’re happy to share our top tips from our experience with VSO.

Unlocking Talent Through Technology | VSO International
5 October 2015 - 10:17am
| Lead Adviser - Education
| Malawi

It’s no secret that being a teacher is tough, and nowhere is this truer than in developing countries. There are 26 pupils in the average UK class - while in Malawi teachers regularly have to contend with 110+ children per class. An education project using tablet computers, launched by VSO last week, aims to reduce the strain and has already seen children complete a year’s worth of learning in just eight weeks during a pilot last year.