Apr 25 2016 - 8:30am

VSO and the UK government (DfID) have set up the ‘National Disaster Recovery Coordination Secretariat’ (NDRCS) in Kathmandu. It aims to help rebuild Nepal, following the devastation of two earthquakes (25th April and 12th May 2015) which claimed nearly 9,000 lives and left hundreds of thousands people homeless.

Apr 21 2016 - 10:08am

When given a list of celebrities, US Presidential hopeful, Donald Trump, is the British public’s top choice (28%) as representing the modern day equivalent of King Lear, the Shakespeare character who through false flattery led his country into war(1).  The British public’s other modern equivalents of Shakespeare characters were Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Lawrence, Hilary Clinton and Lady Gaga.

Feb 11 2016 - 11:04am

On Tuesday 23rd February, 22 year old Tania Tuzizila from Croydon will be the 20,000th young person to volunteer with the International Citizen Service (ICS) – a youth development programme for 18 to 25 year olds, led by leading international development charity, VSO and funded by the UK government.

Dec 2 2015 - 10:00am

Results from a national online poll out today (Weds 2 Dec) show that 56% of British full time workers would freely volunteer their skills to fight poverty in a developing country, if they had the support of their employer.

Leading international development charity, VSO, commissioned Gorkana ahead of International Volunteer Day (Saturday 5 December) to survey 3,000 professionals from sectors such as finance, IT, business and engineering.

Nov 18 2015 - 10:36am

Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, London
Thursday 10th of December 2015 @ 7:30pm

Oct 29 2015 - 10:00am

VSO named as major charity partner of the Shakespeare Lives campaign, a major global programme for 2016 celebrating Shakespeare’s works and his influence on culture, education and society on the 400th anniversary of his death, launched today by British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign.

The creative partnership will use the power of Shakespeare’s anniversary year to give real help to children in some of the world’s poorest communities and to raise funds and awareness of VSO's work in education globally.

Oct 26 2015 - 2:28pm

October 26th, 2015:  As part of the European Commission Certification Mechanism under the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, VSO International has been certified as a volunteer sending organisation for the first time.

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries.  The certification is part of a process to identify organisations to run the proposed EU Aid Volunteers Initiative through DG ECHO.

Oct 5 2015 - 1:57pm

Despite adequate numbers of maternal health workers showing up to work, new research published today (Tues 6th October) reveals it was the patients who stayed away at their own peril for fear of catching the disease. 

Jul 22 2015 - 3:24pm

Lesson plans delivered to teachers in India via SMS, tablets introduced to classrooms in Malawi to improve numeracy and specialist units created to bring down newborn mortality rates by 40% in five hospitals in Ethiopia, are among VSO’s most successful recent initiatives according to its Annual Report 2014/15 published today.