VSO is the world's leading international development organisation fighting poverty through the talents, energy and commitment of volunteers.
In 2018, working in conjunction with communities, local non-governmental organisations, host-country government agencies and policymakers, VSO programmes reached 1.5 million people in 24 countries across Africa and Asia across health, education and livelihoods programmes.
VSO’s unique volunteering for development approach puts people at the centre of driving sustainable, systemic change in their own communities. From local community organisations to national governments, VSO brings the right people together to coordinate collective action.
VSO mobilises volunteers of different skillsets, from skilled overseas professionals to local youth, building trust, relationships, and passing on technical skills.
VSO es la principal organización internacional de desarrollo que lucha contra la pobreza con la ayuda de los talentos, la energía y el compromiso de los voluntarios.
En 2018, con la colaboración de varias comunidades, organizaciones no gubernamentales locales, organismos públicos de los países receptores y responsables políticos, los programas de VSO, dedicados a la salud, la educación y los medios de sustento, llegaron a 1,5 millones de personas de 24 países africanos y asiáticos.
El enfoque exclusivo del voluntariado para el desarrollo de VSO coloca a las personas en el centro del impulso del cambio sostenible y sistemático en sus comunidades. De organizaciones comunitarias locales a gobiernos nacionales, la organización reúne a las personas adecuadas para coordinar la acción colectiva.
VSO moviliza a voluntarios con diferentes capacidades, desde profesionales extranjeros cualificados hasta jóvenes locales, que crean confianza, establecen relaciones y transmiten conocimientos técnicos.
Forum Case Studies – COVID-19 and the Future of Volunteering for Development: Findings from a study conducted for the International Forum for Volunteering in Development (Forum)
These case studies form part of the study commissioned by the International Forum for Volunteering in Development to examine the impact of COVID-19 on volunteers, volunteer involving organisations and volunteering for development.
IVCO 2020 Paper: Volunteering for Climate Action
This paper explores the connection between volunteering and climate action.
IVCO 2020 Paper: Volunteering for Climate Action: Perspectives from a Survey of Volunteer Involving Organisations
To better understand the current action, gaps, and opportunities for volunteer-involving organisations (VIOs) to tackle climate change, this study reports on the results of a survey of VIOs’ activities and good practice models.
IVCO 2020 Paper: Volunteering for Climate Action in Pacific Island Countries: Considerations for IVCO 2020
This paper starts with an overview of its reach and rationale, followed by an introduction that provides the context as to why the Pacific is a highly relevant (virtual) setting for the IVCO 2020 theme, Volunteering for Climate Action, and then discusses: 1.
IVCO 2020 Paper: COVID-19 and Volunteering for Development: Impacts, Innovations and Implications
This paper presents preliminary findings from a study commissioned by Forum to examine how the disruption of international volunteering by COVID-19 is impacting on the work of international volunteer cooperation organisations (IVCOs), other VIOs, partners and the communities they serve.
IVCO 2018 Theme Paper: Inclusive Development Practice for Youth
This paper has been produced for IVCO 2018, the International Volunteer Cooperation Organisations’ Conference.
Valuing Volunteering: The Role of Volunteering in Sustainable Development
This report summarises findings from the global action research project ‘Valuing Volunteering’.
Inspiring Employee Volunteering – China Research Study: Inspiring Corporate Volunteering in China
VSO China and Beijing Normal University are pleased to present this Corporate Volunteering Research Study on the status of Corporate Volunteering in China.
Where Would the World be Without Volunteering?: The impact of volunteering in international development
Meaningful and lasting change comes about when people work in partnership, helping each other achieve their goals.