Interested in volunteering abroad?

 Interested in volunteering overseas?…then come and “Meet VSO”

Local teacher Sue Ryding will be among those sharing their experiences of volunteering with Voluntary Service Overseas at a Carlisle event organised by international development charity VSO on Saturday 20th October.  Sue volunteered in Namibia and is now back teaching in Cumbria.  She will be joined by other local returned volunteers Hilary Pickup and John Dawson. They will be sharing their experiences of working in the world’s poorest countries and providing an insight into what it’s really like to volunteer.

 The  “Meet VSO” event, will be held from 1030 to 1200 on Saturday 20 October at the Old Town Hall , upstairs Assembly Room, Carlisle, CA3 8JH. Also present will be members of the local VSO Cumbria Supporter Group  (

VSO is now recruiting young people from 18-25 years old to take part in the International Citizenship Programme.

VSO also needs experienced, older, skilled professionals with agriculture, healthcare, education, and business backgrounds and is currently recruiting  doctors, midwives, teachers, business advisors, managers, fundraisers, and many more. The organisation works in 34 developing countries and delivered half a million hours of volunteer work to help fight poverty last year. It focuses on health, education, HIV/AIDS, increasing political participation and helping people in poor and marginalised communities to secure a decent livelihood to work their way out of poverty.

The Meet VSO event aims to bring volunteering with VSO to life, and will cover the role of a volunteer, what volunteers can do, and how to get involved.

Anyone interested in volunteering, or finding out more about VSO, will be very welcome at the Meet VSO event in Carlisle on Saturday 20 October.

The event is free. Book your place at or just turn up on the day.