VSO — Voluntary Service Overseas — is the world’s leading international development organization that places volunteers in developing countries in order to make a difference in the fight against poverty. VSO volunteers share skills and knowledge with a community that will live on long after they’ve been there, while also learning from peers in developing countries and gaining knowledge that they can build upon and share when they return home.
Established in 1958, VSO has sent over 43,000 volunteers to work in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Pacific, and Latin America. Right now, VSO has over 1,500 volunteers working with local partner organizations in 42 countries.
VSO’s 10 dedicated health programs, 18 HIV and AIDS programs, and 13 disability programs are making significant contributions towards improving the health of people in developing countries. Over 120 healthcare volunteers, including doctors, nurses, community health workers, and other professionals are currently delivering VSO’s health programs.
In developing countries, a single healthcare professional volunteering their time can make an impact that reverberates throughout a community for generations. For many healthcare professionals, working and socializing alongside people of different backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs offers a new perspective, furnishing them with a new outlook and skill set that they can draw upon when they return to their daily job. For many, it’s an inspiring proposition.
To learn more about VSO, visit http://www.vsointernational.org/