What we do


VSO's work revolves around four development areas, linked to the priorities of our partners, international development targets and our areas of expertise. These are health, HIV and AIDS, participation and governance, secure livelihoods and education. We're committed to gender equality in all our work so that men and women have equal opportunities to realise their potential.

Our strategy

We believe that putting people at the heart of development is the only way to make a real difference in the world. Our strategy People First sets out how we aim to achieve our vision of a world without poverty.

Advocacy and campaigns

VSO supports disadvantaged communities by bringing their stories and experience to the attention of the public and decision-makers worldwide. We undertake advocacy locally, nationally and internationally to bring about positive change to policies and practices. Together with our supporters, we campaign for global justice and help raise awareness of important development issues. Find out more about our advocacy work


Partnerships are key to how we work. VSO works with local partners to bring about long-term change. We also work with global corporate partners to inspire and develop their staff and at the same time increase VSO's impact in the fight against poverty.

Sharing good practice

Our international knowledge sharing programme gives people the chance to visit or work in another country to learn and share good practice with agencies there. Although our programme is aimed at VSO partners, staff and volunteers also take part its activities. Activities can include study tours, themed workshops, and in-country partner exchanges.

Find out about our achievements and success so far in our Annual Report

How to apply

Interested in volunteering with VSO? Find out what you need to apply and begin your application process now.