DFID Diaspora Volunteering Programme


The DFID Diaspora Volunteering Programme, working through over 20 diaspora organisations, provides funding to help skilled professionals from the UK’s diaspora communities volunteer to work in their countries or continents of heritage and for the volunteers to make a meaningful contribution to a development project.

Currently, people from diaspora backgrounds are under-represented among UK citizens who volunteer in developing countries.

Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO)

VSO is the long-established charity which helps UK citizens volunteer to work in developing countries.


The scheme helps diaspora organisations plan their own volunteering programmes. After receiving training in the UK, volunteers will leave for the developing world where they will have the opportunity to share their skills with locals and help bring about real, practical changes to poor communities.

The objective of the scheme is to increase awareness of and support for global poverty reduction for the volunteer and the communities they belong to.

VSO will offer volunteers assistance with accommodation and living costs, and give returning volunteers a platform to talk to share their experiences with their communities and others.


VSO is currently working with over 20 diaspora organisations on programmes in Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Cameroon, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Guyana, Ethiopia, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.


For more information about the scheme and how to apply, go to VSO: Diaspora volunteering.

Last updated: 18 Mar 2010