Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)

Charity information

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)

VSO is an international development charity that works through volunteers. VSO's vision is a world without poverty in which people work together to fulfil their potential. We work for, and directly with, disadvantaged people in the poorest countries where we can make a significant contribution and where it is safe to do so – in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean and Pacific islands. Instead of sending food or money, we send skilled professionals who work in partnership with colleagues and communities to share skills and learning and achieve positive change.

VSO is one of the largest independent volunteer-sending organisations in the world. Since 1958, we have sent over 30,000 volunteers to developing countries in response to requests from governments and community organisations. Today, around 1,500 international volunteers are in the field at any one time, and they are recruited from bases in Canada, Kenya, the Netherlands, the Philippines, India, Ireland and the UK.

VSO will be 50 in 2008 and, unfortunately, the need for volunteers in the world is even greater. We are launching a special appeal in our 50th year so that we can scale up our work in order to double the impact we have in tackling poverty.

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