12:59 07/09/2010
VSO Ghana Country Director lives below the line

Living below the line in Ghana

Reading about Magnus and his ‘living below the line’ challenge had me wondering if it was possible  to feed myself on the equivalent of £1 a day here in Accra. I asked my Ghanaian colleagues in the office if they thought it was possible. They thought it would be but only if it wasn’t… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010
Participant at workshop

Tackling our assumptions about volunteering

I felt fortunate at the end of last month to join a group of VSO volunteers who were at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) to learn about systemic action research, and how they will be able to apply this methodology to VSO’s Valuing Volunteering project.

You may remember Violeta Vajda… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010
Valuing Volunteering Training at the Institute of Development Studies

Valuing Volunteering one step closer to becoming reality

If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further than the Institute for Development Studies (IDS). After an intense week of training spent in mid-January, I left more than inspired about the value of volunteering. I was joined by a few more VSO staff members and two outgoing VSO volunteers, all of… Read more »


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