We just submitted our application to Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Canada.
VSO is an international development agency that works through volunteers. We promote volunteering to fight global poverty, by supporting people to share skills, creativity and learning with communities around the world. Through personal commitment and practical action, volunteers help build a fairer world.
VSO Canada contributes to VSO’s vision, purpose and values by recruiting, training and matching volunteers from North America to placements that meet the requests of our overseas partners.
VSO volunteers work in partnership with people in more than 30 developing countries, contributing to development goals in Education, HIV and AIDS, Disability, Health and Social Well-being, Secure Livelihoods and Participation and Governance. VSO Canada also contributes to innovative volunteering initiatives such as Youth Volunteering, National Volunteering and Business Partnerships.
In North America, VSO works with our network of returned volunteers and local groups to build awareness and understanding of international cooperation.
We figured why not (no kids, no mortgage, and our lives are pretty flexible at the moment). T initially introduced me to the organization and the notion of taking a year or two off to volunteer our skills and knowledge overseas.
Back in February 2006, we attended a “Meet VSO information session” where we met Lori, a returning VSO volunteer who gave a great presentation about her and her husband’s experience in Ethiopia. They documented their experience on a web site and continue to support VSO and related projects (www.eisforethiopia.com) from their experience.
We hope to both get matched with a placement somewhere in Africa.