Although in Bangladesh I’ll be working for an indigenous community rights organisation, it’s all happening through the organisation Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO).

They are a massive international development charity that work through volunteers.

The VSO’s vision is “a world without poverty in which people work together to fulfil their potential. Instead of sending food or money, the VSO sends women and men from a wide range of professions who want the chance to make a real difference in the fight against poverty. These volunteers work in partnership with colleagues and communities to share skills and learning and achieve positive change together.

Since 1958 they’ve been sending out skilled professionals to Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Pacific and more recently Eastern Europe. They respond to requests from governments and community organisations for help in the form of someone with a particular skill, and then sort it for them. Like an institutional Jim’ll Fixit.

They currently have about 1500 volunteers working around the world, usually for two years, but some for just one year (like me, because I’m young), and in some cases for just six weeks or something like that, if there’s a particular situation.

The VSO has partner national agencies in Kenya, Canada, the Netherlands, India and the Philippines so recruits people of all ages, from all backgrounds, all around the world.

They do good stuff! They get a lot of money from the UK Government’s Dept for International Development, but not enough, and have to fundraise from many sources, including the general public. You can donate to the VSO directly from this page here.

But I also need to raise them money as part of me going away. I’m essentially working six days a week for so little money I couldn’t even get a pint at the end of my day with it. My freetime I’m most likely to spend being illl. I’m doing this for a year. So if you want to support my own fundraising for the VSO, then that would be jolly nice of you, and you can do it here.



4 Responses to “VSO”

  1. 1 Joanna Kirkpatrick December 1, 2006 at 4:54 am


    On this link BBC writes about VSO’s program with Dhaka street children to help prevent HIV-AIDS and get them educated.
    Why is there nothing on this site about their program, Aparajoyo?

    Please advise and thanks.

  2. 2 sowula December 4, 2006 at 6:20 am

    Because I work on Indigenous Community Rights, not HIV, and I wasn’t aware of this programme.

    There are thousands of NGOs working in Bangladesh, and I can’t follow them all. Nor is it my role to promote them. This is a personal blog, not representing, nor reflecting the views or opinions of VSO.

    So I’m sorry about that. And what does Aparajoyo mean?


  3. 3 Fundraising January 15, 2007 at 4:21 am

    *ok, which one of you goofs sent Texas a Canadian Cold front as a gag gift*

  4. 4 rovingpundit April 17, 2007 at 3:43 am

    Aparajeyo means “indomitable”. But like you Im confused as to what JK meant!

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