VSO UK calls for new volunteers as it launches new campaign

VSO UK calls for new volunteers as it launches new campaign

(LONDON) - “Be The Volunteer” will place VSO’s incredible volunteers, who work across the globe in a variety of positions, at the centre of its new campaign, encouraging those keen to join the movement to find out more.

VSO fights poverty through its volunteers and this exciting new campaign, which launches today (Wednesday 10 September), is calling for new recruits from a variety of professional backgrounds.

The campaign, which features a range of VSO volunteers, will target professionals from health and educational backgrounds, with the hope of encouraging them to apply for a VSO placement and take part in a life-changing experience.

David Son, VSO UK’s Volunteer Recruitment Marketing Manager, said:

“We are keen to get the word out and about the amazing volunteering opportunities at VSO. What better way to do that than via our volunteers, so people can hear what it is like to ‘Be The Volunteer’ firsthand.

“Our volunteers work in 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.”

The impact the placements have on volunteers is a life-changing one, says VSO UK volunteer Sarah Ward, from Glasgow, who worked as a project advisor on a mental health programmes in Sri Lanka. She 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.”

VSO has opportunities in projects in developing countries all over the world. Every overseas placement is unique as it is developed by partners to meet a specific need – just like a job would be. To volunteer with VSO, you'll need both professional experience and qualifications. Exact requirements will depend on your area of expertise.

As part of the campaign, VSO will be spreading the word, encouraging volunteers to share their experiences with family and friends, as well as promoting it via social media.

VSO UK 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.

Find out more about VSO’s new campaign, which involves volunteering as a doctor, volunteering as a health professional or volunteering in an education capacity or you can find out more about VSO's general volunteering opportunities.

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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 on 020 8780 7368 or email: angela.singh@vso.org.uk

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

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