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.
VSO works alongside the world’s poorest people to help them achieve lasting, sustainable futures. When people team up, they can spark the changes that transform lives. VSO volunteers are passionate about fighting poverty and live and work within communities growing the skills that matter, bridging gaps to create a more equal world.
Since 1958, more than 40,000 VSO volunteers have been fighting poverty by sharing their skills in developing countries. Working with partner organisations, such as local NGOs, governments and teaching institutions, VSO volunteers make a lasting impact on the lives of some of the world’s most disadvantaged people.
VSO staff and volunteers work with people living in developing countries to identify the most critical issues and the solutions needed to tackle them.