Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)

A UK-based organization that places thousands of advisors on all continents.

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Most placements are 2-year service projects, although 6-month and 1-year projects are also available. Most VSO projects require teachers, health professionals, IT specialists, business, management, and finance professionals, social and community workers, technical professionals, and natural resource specialists.


VSO will accept applications from people of any nationality living in the EU, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Canada and the United States. In addition VSO is currently running pilot programmes recruiting volunteers from Kenya and the Philippines.
Potential participants should have a university degree and 2-3 years work experience.

Financial Arrangements

The organization pays all costs and a stipend is included.

Contact Information

Web Site:


317 Putney Bridge Road
SW15 2PN
United Kingdom

Phone: (+44) 20 8780 7200

Fax: (+44) 20 8780 7300

Registration / Application

The VSO web site describes the application process.


History: Began operation in 1958.

Current age range of advisors: 17 to 65 years

Advisors sent on field projects: 2,000 in 2001.

Regional Activitiy: Voluntary Service Overseas currently has projects in 65 countries in 7 Regions (Africa: 23, Asia: 8, Australia-Oceania: 7, Central America: 6, Caribbean: 1, Eastern Europe: 10, Southeast Asia: 10)

Mission Statement

VSO sends people not money. Through people we promote a more creative and lasting solution to global problems like poverty and inequality.

We tackle disadvantage by equipping people in developing and emerging countries with the skills they need to transform their communities and national economies.

Our vision depends on the passion and professionalism of the people we send each year. We know tackling poverty is a long-term goal, but we also know about the power of individuals to make a difference. The question is, will you commit two years of your life to helping others realise their potential?

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