VSO heads to Glasgow to reveal how volunteering can change lives

VSO heads to Glasgow to reveal how volunteering can change lives

LEADING international development charity VSO will be hosting a Meet VSO event in Glasgow on Saturday 23 August, providing locals with an opportunity to learn more about the organisation and how they can apply to take part in a life-changing placement abroad.

The event in Glasgow will feature talks by volunteers, including: Tessa Rockliffe, who worked on an environmental project in Tanzania; Sarah Ward, a project advisor on a mental health programmes in Sri Lanka and Fiona Galbraith, who was a clinical instructor in rural Malawi.

VSO volunteer, Sarah Ward, says:

“My VSO placement in Sri Lanka was truly life-changing.  I learnt so much, both professionally and personally, as well as making some great friends.  The scope I had in my placement was far greater than roles I had in the UK, so I was able to develop new skills which have made me more employable on my return.  I just hope my Sri Lankan colleagues were able to learn as much from me as I learnt from them.  My experience has definitely put my 'first world' worries into perspective - and I will never take my washing machine for granted again!”

Staff from VSO will also be on hand to cover the practicalities involved in volunteering and to share the skills and experience that the organisation is looking for.

David Son, Volunteer Recruitment Marketing Manager for VSO, says:

“Our volunteers work in whatever fields necessary to fight the forces that keep people in poverty – from education and health through to helping people learn the skills to make a living. In doing so, they invest in local people, so the impact they make endures long after their placement ends.

VSO is different from most charities and development organisations, as it aims to fight poverty through volunteers, bringing people together to share skills and knowledge to create lasting change.

Meet VSO will take place at The Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4HZ. Doors will open from 14:00 for registration. The event starts at 14:30 and finishes at 17:30. It is free to attend, but booking is essential.

To find out more about volunteering roles with VSO visit our website

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For further information or set up an interview with David Son or one of VSO’s volunteers, please contact:

Angela Singh, Media Officer, VSO UK
Email: angela.singh@vso.org.uk
Telephone:  020 8780 7368

Editor's notes

VSO – Voluntary Service Overseas – brings people together to fight poverty through the lasting power of volunteering. We work alongside communities worldwide to create positive change. Our programmes are in some of the world’s poorest countries, reaching millions of people through improved access to services in education, health, HIV/AIDS, disability, and governance. VSO’s vision is of a world without poverty, but we can only achieve this by working together. www.vsointernational.org

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