Before you go overseas, we will provide six days of training to prepare you for the changes that you will experience and for your work in development overseas. We will also provide you with security and medical briefings.
Once overseas, your local VSO office will meet you on your arrival and will provide you with further training and briefing. Your most regular contact will be with your employer and they act as your primary means of support.
Your local VSO office will help with major personal, medical or security problems.
VSO chooses to work in those areas where security risks are unlikely. In this way we hope that our volunteers will have the best prospect of contributing to sustainable development. VSO staff in each country closely monitors the security situation. You will not be asked to work in any area where there is immediate danger from war, civil unrest or natural disaster.
Volunteer work is often looked upon as ‘time out’ of your career. However, the professional nature of our jobs means that VSO volunteering is a career choice. It enhances all your future career prospects.
We take your professional development seriously. Before you go overseas, you will work with a VSO trainer to address any additional training needs. Your overseas employer will provide you with professional support and guidance, complemented by conferences, workshops and distance learning.