Blog: Leonie BarrieVSO wants volunteers

Leonie Barrie | 25 September 2007

How do you fancy working at the Mongolian Textile Institute in Ulaanbataar, teaching textile design and production to staff and students? Or perhaps helping out as a fashion designer trainer in Akpap Okoyong, Nigeria?

These are just two of the textile and fashion related jobs being advertised by international development charity VSO, which apparently has a desperate shortage of professionals willing to help out in this field.

Like many, I guess I imagined most VSP volunteers were school-leavers. I couldn’t be more wrong apparently, since the average age of a volunteer is a more worldly-wise 38 and the majority come from skilled, professional backgrounds. Placements range from two weeks to two years – and what could be a more rewarding and life-changing way of using your specialist experience to help communities to develop their skills and local industries to develop new products?

VSO seeks textile and fashion design professionals


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