VSO and Cuso International's worked in partnerships from 1987. We worked in the area of secure livelihoods and participationa and governance.

In 2011, VSO reviewed the best way to allocate our resources to make the greatest possible difference to global poverty. We decided we would begin to close programmes if the country we were operating in was:

  • not least developed
  • had relatively smaller numbers of people in poverty
  • had less regional or global influence

Our office in Laos closed in April 2014.

Find out about volunteering

By volunteering abroad with VSO you get to put your skills, energy and personal qualities to work helping people break out of poverty. Interested in volunteering abroad?

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6.3 million
Capital city:
GDP per capita:
HDI ranking:
138 out of 187
Life expectancy:
67 years


How to apply

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