Volunteers usually return from overseas keen to remain engaged with both VSO and with international development. There are many different ways you can do this, but one of the best opportunities is to join your local VSO supporter group.
You’ll be able to connect with a wider community of people who may have shared similar experiences, have similar interests and now share your passion for change.
You might not have a lot of time to spare, as you catch up on life back home and settle into your new routine. But there are all sorts of simple things you can do to keep your VSO experience at the front of your mind, and share it with the people around you.
The best way to recruit more volunteers is for you to talk about your experiences. Would you consider giving a talk in your workplace, posting your achievements on LinkedIn, or writing a blog post about the issues you faced? Our alumni and resettlement manager can support you with all these activities.
Become a VSO selector
Do you have experience interviewing or have you worked as a VSO volunteer? If so we would like to hear from you to help us pick the next batch of volunteers.
Becoming a VSO volunteer selector for our long term and youth volunteer programmes is a great way to fight global poverty as well as developing new skills and meeting new people. You only need to commit one or two days per month over six months and all expenses are paid. You'll also get training and support so that you can start selecting volunteers straight away. We urgently need more volunteer selectors so please contact us for more information and to apply today.
Fundraise with VSO
You can keep fundraising to help us fight poverty. Build on your placement experiences by running a marathon, holding a cake sale, or anything in between. We can provide ideas and resources to support your activities.
Campaign for change
You’ll know from volunteering overseas that it’s vitally important to keep pushing for change. Whatever your passion, we’d value your support with our campaigning activities.
Find out about our current priorities, and add your voice to help raise awareness about important development issues.
Get back in touch
Over the last 55 years we have sent thousands of volunteers all over the world. We know that once volunteers return home, life can move at a very fast pace. It’s normal to move house, or even change your name, and we don’t always manage to keep up to date with these changes.
If you are a returned VSO volunteer who hasn’t heard from us directly via email or post, it is likely we don’t have the right contact details for you anymore. But we would love to hear from you!
Please get in touch and let us know what you have been up to since your placement, who you are still in touch with and what memories you have of your time with VSO.
We look forward to hearing from you.