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Working Holidays  -  VSO for all ages

VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) is no longer what it was, specialising in sending school leavers for a gap year or two.    It is now an international development charity placing volunteers with specialist skills for minimum 2 year assignments in developing countries.


However since merging with BESO (British Executive Service Overseas) VSO is now also handling short assignments (2 weeks to 6 months) for people with specialist expertise who can offer advice at senior level.  


See also:   a good reference site if you are organising a 'gap' year combines sight-seeing with working alongside local people on development projects in the third world.    work  in the field on environmental issues with a team of international volunteers alongside leading scientists.   a 'search and match' database for worldwide placements for volunteers provides details of organisations offering work, volunteering and travel opportunities

. - Gap Year 365 is a directory of Gap Year, Year Out & Career Break activities.  "Vibrant Volunteering was specifically established to recruit amazing people to volunteer in India"

One of our users, Patricia Sarmiento, has sent us some other ideas for volunteering.  In her email she writes:- 

"With all the world’s tragedies weighing heavily on me lately, I’ve been doing my best to seek out as much positivity as possible.
I’ve had an amazing summer volunteering, and so far my only regret is that there isn’t enough time to do more. There are some truly unique and life-changing community volunteer opportunities that many don’t know about — and there are countless rewards for donating our time! So I decided to create my own positivity by spreading the word

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Lexie Dy has sent us (from USA) some other articles on the benefits of volunteering:-

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Working holidays in UK

Try the National Trust web site, and search ' working holidays'