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VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. VSO's high-impact approach involves bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action, and change lives to make the world a fairer place for all.

By volunteering with VSO, you get to put your skills, energy and personal qualities to work helping people break out of poverty. We’re currently looking for people from all sorts of backgrounds, from health and education through to engineering, IT and management. We have placements in over 30 countries all over the world.

Our volunteers work with local organisations that serve poor people. They help give children a future through education, improve the standards of care in hospitals, train poor people in the skills they need to make a decent living  whatever needs to be done to break down the barriers that trap people in poverty.

Every placement is unique as it is developed by our partners to meet a specific need – just like a job would be. We generally ask that you apply to volunteer in your area of expertise, rather than for a specific placement. Once you have completed the application process we will work with you to find a placement that appeal and match your skills. This means that we can get the most suitable volunteers into placements as efficiently as possible.

Last year, VSO changed the lives of over 20 million people in 44 countries around the world

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