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VSO newsletter
February 2021

Dear friend,

Last month, we celebrated the annual VSO Volunteer Impact Awards. As an online-only affair this time, we were joined by nearly 400 people from across Asia, Africa and Europe, all coming together to recognise the incredible work of VSO volunteers in 2020. Read about the winners and listen to the replay below.

Also this month, read about how volunteers in Rwanda are supporting students with disabilities to keep learning through the pandemic, ensuring the most vulnerable children aren’t left behind.

In December we circulated a survey to find out more about you, your interests and ways you’d like to get involved with VSO. Thank you to those of you who took the time to complete the survey and share your thoughts - they will help us tailor more meaningful communications for you. 

And, finally, I want to say a massive thank you to every single person who donated to our Christmas appeal. Your generosity has so far helped raise over £158,000 to help out-of-school girls in Kenya get back into the classroom.

Best wishes,

Kate Connolly
VSO Recruitment Marketing Adviser
Three children holding VSO balloons.
©VSO/Jaspar Kasbergen

Celebrating the lockdown heroes fighting poverty through the pandemic

More than 380 VSO volunteers, supporters and friends came together on 19 January to celebrate the impact of volunteering for development at the Volunteer Impact Awards.

Meet the winners from Kenya, Nepal, Rwanda and the UK.
Smiling boy at Umtara School for Deaf. Rwanda.
©VSO/Ben Langdon

Five ways volunteers are supporting students with disabilities

With countries around the world in lockdown, children with learning difficulties and disabilities are more vulnerable than ever.

We hear from four Rwandan-based volunteers making sure these children aren’t left behind.

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer applications and COVID-19
We continue to recruit prospective professional volunteers to our talent pool so we can get back to supporting communities as soon as we're able to. If your application is shortlisted, a VSO hiring manager will be in touch with you to discuss the next steps and any changes to your placement and role.
Are you interested in volunteering with VSO?

Here's all you need to know about becoming a VSO professional volunteer.

Sexual reproductive health and rights adviser  - various countries
You'll need a relevant degree and 3 years' experience managing behaviour change, community and advocacy projects and developing communication strategies.
Social accountability and inclusion adviser  - various countries
You'll need a degree in a related subject, preferably gender and development studies, and 5 years’ experience in investigating and developing responses to gender issues in a development context.

Early years adviser  - Rwanda
You'll need a pre-primary or primary teaching qualification and 3 years of experience working with children aged 3-6 years old.

Teacher trainer - Nepal, Rwanda, Sierra Leone
You'll need a degree in education and 3 years' teaching experience in a primary or secondary school or teacher training college.

Unlocking Talent Through Technology

We're expanding the Unlocking Talent Through Technology project in primary schools in Malawi and Sierra Leone and we're urgently looking for professionals with experience in applying digital education technology to join the programmes early this year.
  • Education technology and communication specialist
    You'll need excellent teacher trainer skills and the ability to support teachers and learners in the use of technology in improving children’s learning.
  • Education specialist - Malawi
    You'll need a degree in education and 5 years' professional experience in training and mentoring of primary school teachers.
  • Unlocking Talent through Technology Project researcher - Malawi - 8 months
    You’ll need a degree in education, child development or psychology plus experience in conducting research in a school environment.

Youth engagement adviser - various countries
You'll need a degree in development, business, economics, or related field (a Master’s degree in the relevant field would be a plus) and experience with sectoral youth development strategies.

Food security agronomist - various countries
You'll need a relevant degree and demonstrable experience in designing and implementing food security and livelihood programmes in an international development context.
Keep in touch
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