Welcome to the career site of Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) on Impactpool!
Our vision: A fair world for everyone
Our purpose is to create lasting change through volunteering. At VSO we do development differently. We harness the skills and expertise of volunteers to deliver long-lasting change.
We put people first and empower them to be in the driving seat of their own development. Our volunteers work in collaboration with marginalised communities in every aspect of project design, delivery and evaluation, enabling the worlds poorest communities to take charge of their own change.
How we work
At VSO, we know that people in developing countries have the power, courage and desire to help themselves. That’s why we use our volunteering for development approach that puts the most marginalised people first, to build a more equitable society. Our volunteers work with communities to strengthen education, livelihoods and health systems, tackling vulnerability and marginalisation.
About our unique Volunteering for Development approach
Our approach to development provides a sustainable, long-term solution to the complex global problems, that are affecting millions of vulnerable people around the world.
Through volunteering for development, we focus first on those who are left out by society – those living in extreme poverty, or with disability and illness, those who face discrimination and violence for their gender, sexuality, or social status.
These are not passive “beneficiaries” of aid. They are the “primary actors” at the heart of our work. It is from their viewpoint and actions that we seek to define the issues, opportunities, and solutions that deliver sustainable and locally led change.
Our Volunteering for Development method recognises the importance of relationships in forging a shared understanding and commitment and building collective action to lasting change.
Watch this short animation to learn all about our unique approach:
Since VSO started in 1958, we have worked in over 90 countries, deployed over 98,000 volunteers and supported over 70 million people. Through our programming, we’ve reached 10.9 million people in 2022-23, over 7.4 million indirectly and nearly 3.5 million directly:
- Over 3.2 million people were reached through our education projects.
- Almost 200,000 people were reached through our resilient livelihoods programme.
- Almost 90,000 people were reached through our health projects.
- Over 87,000 people through our wider work on resilience, inclusion and social
This impact report provides an overview and some examples of what we have achieved during 2022/23. It highlights the amazing impact that we made in a wide range of contexts around the world thanks to supporters like you.
Learn more in our impact report here.
- Empower poor and marginalised people to take charge of their own development.
- Share skills and knowledge to create long-lasting, sustainable change.
- Build collaborative partnerships that promote innovation, growth and impact.
- Lead volunteering for development, setting the standard for ourselves and others.
- Use evidence and insight to guide our actions.
- Recruit the right people and work where we have the greatest impact.
- Stand beside and advocate for those who have been denied choice and opportunity.
- Promote diversity and equality throughout our work.
- Encourage different, inquisitive perspectives.
- Commit to safeguarding and take a zero-tolerance approach to abuse and harm.
- Treat others with respect, as equals.
- Be open, transparent and accountable in everything we do.
Support VSO's vision – a fair world for everyone in which people work together to fulfil their potential and can offer their professional experience and skills to contribute to a positive impact; you enjoy working in a diverse and multicultural environment, welcome new challenges and opportunities for growth and learning; we’d love to hear from you!
What we offer if you join VSO:
In return for your skills, energy and experience, we can offer flexible working policies, working from home days, generous annual leave, and opportunities for professional development, including a range of online self-study modules, coaching and workshops. There may also be occasional international travel. We regularly review our salary and benefits to ensure we are competitive and attractive to our staff and are reflective of our values.
Our pay philosophy is based on the principles of fairness, internal equity and external competitiveness.