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VSO was voted
top international development charity in the International Aid and
Development category at the Charity Awards 2004 for its work in promoting
innovative approaches to globalising volunteering.
Our approach to volunteering has changed dramatically over the years. Our
volunteers are no longer only school-leavers - today the average age of a
volunteer is 38, the majority coming from skilled, professional backgrounds.
Most placements are for two years, but can also be as short as 1 month. We
are a leading development charity with almost 1,500 skilled professionals
currently working in 34 countries. We respond to requests from governments
and community organisations throughout Asia and Africa.
The volunteers aim to pass on their expertise to
local people so that when they return home their skills remain. Volunteers
can be aged between 18 and 75 years old and must have a formal qualification
and some work experience. Regular postings are for two years and volunteers
are provided with accommodation and a local level allowance as well as air
fares and insurance.
We are actively recruiting volunteers all the time. The range of jobs is
vast, and includes small business advisors, teachers, social workers, health
professionals, management consultants, marine biologists, accountants and
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