When I arrived from Belgium at the doors of Harare’s largest medical centre, the Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals containing the Mbuya Nehanda Maternity Hospital, in February 2013 I expected my VSO volunteer placement to be in the wards. But things don’t always happen as you expect in Zimbabwe. Dr. T. S.… Read more »
Blog from Ruth Mbabazi, VSO Rwanda Senior Programme Manager- Education
I’ve spent 11 years working with VSO Rwanda and seen genuinely great progress in that time as many people start to see a real improvement in their lives. From training teachers in learner-centred approaches that put children at the centre of learning… Read more »
I had dreams of living and working overseas since I was 18. But it wasn’t until I turned 51, when my children were fully grown, that I was given the opportunity through VSO to become a volunteer and I fulfilled my lifelong dream.
With 30 years of work experience in the US and a burning… Read more »
Cath Nixon, VSO public health volunteer, is in New York with VSO, to advocate for giving women more power in the decisions to fight poverty.
On International Women’s Day, Niki Kandirikirira, VSO’s regional director for the Horn and East Africa, reflects on what she’s learnt throughout her career and how it can help in gender equality programming.
I am the Regional Director for VSO in Horn and East Africa, I started in July 2013 but am not new to VSO. I… Read more »
Sarah Witts works in VSO’s International Communications team, and has been volunteering in the UK and Africa for the past decade. Here she reflects on the impact that volunteering can have in fighting poverty.
Like many VSO volunteers and staff, I often find myself challenging scepticism about the contribution that volunteering makes towards international development.… Read more »