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Kingston upon Thames, England
501 to 1000 employees
1958
Non-profit Organisation
Social Services
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Unknown
VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to tackle poverty in developing countries. Since 1958, VSO has been bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international ... Read more

Mission: We bring people together to fight poverty.

Our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations so their skills generate the greatest value.

We know, from almost sixty years ... Read more

VSO Reviews

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VSO CEO Philip Goodwin
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    I worked at VSO full-time

    Pros

    Working from home
    Flexible working
    Amazing people

    Cons

    Too much change and restructures

    Advice to Management

    Less restructures

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VSO Photos

VSO photo of: Chief Executive Philip Goodwin in the Kingston office
VSO photo of: Pech Boeun, leader of Banan farming co-operative and VSO volunteer Giovanni Villafuerte inspecting the crops and earth in the paddy fields of Bana, Cambodia
VSO photo of: Small Entreprise cloth shop owner, Augusta Mayemba Mtema, shares a moment with VSO volunteer Sandy Hung
VSO photo of: Checking crop production in Bangladesh
VSO photo of: VSO volunteer Beth Stillings Cohen at work in a Nepali school
VSO photo of: VSO volunteer anaesthesiologist doctor Tom Bashford with a mother and her baby in Ethiopia
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VSO Interviews

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    Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at VSO (London, England) in June 2017.

    Interview

    The first activity at the assessment centre was to work in teams and build giraffes using newspaper, tape, scissors and a stapler. At certain points teams had to swap and continue working on the giraffe of another team. Afterwards, there were lots of activities e.g. discussing how we would react to situations that could potentially come up on placement. There were a couple of facilitators and lots of staff just sitting around taking notes. Then there was an individual interview part with the usual questions, in a chilled and friendly mood. At the end we had to come up with a presentation of what we learned during the day.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you managed to teach something to someone   Answer Question
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VSO Awards & Accolades

  • Best Alignment of the Employer Value Proposition with Corporate Brand Values, Employer Brand Management Awards, 2016

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