Why volunteer?

Why volunteer?

Volunteering with VSO is your opportunity to give something back while gaining unforgettable experiences. You will immerse yourself in a new culture, face fresh challenges. And you will develop your expertise while doing something truly fulfilling.

Change lives – including your own

“The thrill of teaching student midwives who will go on to play a direct role in saving lives makes it all worthwhile.” – volunteer midwife

From VSO you’ll get something few other volunteering organisations offer – an opportunity to make a large-scale difference to people’s lives. The change you make will endure long after you return home.

Last year, VSO volunteers and partners reached 1.95 million people. They brought inspiration, energy and vital practical skills to help secure better healthcare, more valuable education and broader opportunities for all.

This year, it could be you changing lives for the better.

Volunteering abroad: the experience of a lifetime

Volunteers live and work in the local community, giving you the opportunity to experience another culture in a way few people ever do. Many of our volunteers tell us that the friendships they make within the community are amongst the most rewarding parts of their experience.

Stand out from the crowd

As a VSO volunteer, you’ll stretch yourself professionally and personally, gaining an array of new skills and sharpening existing ones.

You’ll take on a broader range of challenges than you would at home, and learn to do more with less – all of which makes you more attractive to future employers and helps you to stand out amongst other candidates.