VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.
VSO’s work is special. It unlocks the possibility of positive change, bringing people from different backgrounds, expertise and experiences together.
VSO volunteers and partners reached 2.4 million people last year. They brought inspiration, energy and vital practical skills to help achieve community goals – better healthcare, more valuable education and broader opportunities.
VSO's vision is a world without poverty.
We bring people together to fight poverty.
Our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations so their skills generate the greatest value.
We know, from almost sixty years of experience, that when teachers pass on their skills to others, community groups shown reliable sources of income, and governments helped to make systems fairer, this brings about lasting change.
Our strategy, People First, sets out how we will increase our impact against marginalisation and poverty:
VSO can offer: