Despite all the issues with the VSO programme office here in Bangladesh, if anyone out there is thinking of doing VSO, still DO IT.
I woke up in the middle of the night last night with the realisation that a batch of new volunteers are heading to Bangladesh in a few days time. And blogs are easy to find with just a few Google searches, and I’m a bit worried about the impact my rant might have on these new volunteers who might stumble across it.
I considered deleting the posts, but my comments still stand, it’s appalling treatment of volunteers who give up so much to come to here, and I want this blog to be as true to what was going through my head at any given time. BUT the positives of doing VSO do still far outweigh the negatives. Really. Doing VSO is a life changing experience, and VSO is potentially still one of the better volunteer agencies out there. Dealing with volunteers is not easy, and VSO can’t please all of the people all of the time. So it’s inevitable there will always be some pissed off volunteers out there. And there are things that VSO does that do make volunteer life easier, like sorting out visas and providing very good health insurance. And if you can ignore/deal with the issues at the programme office, the work you can do directly with NGO’s and communities in desperate need of help makes it all worthwhile. Really.
You should still do it.