How to apply

How to apply

Once you’ve found the placement for you, please read the person specification carefully and check you meet the minimum criteria for the role. From this page, press the ‘Apply now’ button to begin your online application for this role.

Petra Van Der Spek, education advisor in Rwanda

What you'll need to apply

You’ll need 30-40 minutes to complete the online application form, which includes a CV and supporting statement. This needs to be done in one single sitting, so it’s a good idea to gather together the information you’ll need before applying.

You’ll need to upload or include:

  1. Your personal details
  2. details of your current or most recent employment (for example, your job title, dates of employment, summary of responsibilities)
  3. your CV in Word format (maximum size 200KB)
  4. your supporting statement (maximum 1500 words) outlining how you meet the specified criteria for the role. 

You must submit your application in English. If you require an alternative application format, please contact us. You might also like to read this blog post: Top tips about applying to volunteer with VSO

Please note that you may apply for more than one placement, although if you are shortlisted for one of these, you will be withdrawn from the selection process for the others.

If you would like to discuss your options with us, please give us a call on +44 (0) 20 8780 7500.

What happens after you've applied

Once you’ve submitted your application, you'll receive a confirmation email containing further information about the next steps.

You’ll be informed if you’ve been shortlisted for the volunteer role within two weeks of the closing date detailed on the volunteer job for which you applied.

The process of being assessed, selected, and preparing to leave for an international volunteer job usually takes 5 months from the date of you submitting an application. This is to allow time for volunteers to complete pre-departure briefing, along with all the necessary logistics such as arranging visas, work permits and medical and criminal background checks.