If you are an Optometrist or Dispensing Optician, find out how you can help change lives across Africa.

Professional volunteers from the UK and Ireland support Vision Aid Overseas to establish sustainable eye care services in five African countries by:

  • Fundraising

  • Attending AGM and other events

  • Being engaged with us on social media

  • Give talks and being an advocate for VAO

Professional Volunteers going on an overseas assignment support by:

  • Providing training to local eye care workers

  • Skill sharing at Vision Centres where patients can access eye care services and glasses

  • Supporting local outreach services to help build capacity

Why volunteer with Vision Aid Overseas?

Vision Aid Overseas exists so that children in Africa who can’t see clearly can learn and get an education, and adults who can’t see clearly can earn to support their families and contribute to their communities. Our professional volunteers help us to achieve our mission to fight poverty by transforming access to eye care and glasses in Africa by supporting sustainable services and training health care workers. Our professional volunteers support, engage with our work and are advocates for VAO in different ways in the UK and overseas.

Benefits of Volunteering with Vision Aid Overseas

  • Be part of the solution to transforming access to eye care across Africa
  • Be a part of supporting sustainable health care services overseas
  • Help us deliver our vision and mission  
  • Meet (or e-meet) like-minded people who want to make a difference
  • Learn about people's lives, cultures and the challenges they face
  • Help change lives


Volunteering for Vision Aid Overseas has been amazingly rewarding. I have found it a privilege to use skills that can really
make a difference and change peoples lives. Margaret Lawrence, Optometrist 

How to become a Vision Aid Overseas Professional Volunteer  

  1. Attend our next volunteer training course 
  2. Become a member of Vision Aid Overseas
  3. Stay engaged with our work as a Professional Volunteer
  4. Support VAO

Ways of supporting our programmes include:

  • Fundraising
  • Talks
  • Events in your practice
  • Practice donations
  • Remote eMentoring 
  • Overseas assignments

email us to find out how you can help


Fundraising target

Professional Volunteers who have successfully applied for an overseas assignment role are asked to fundraise a minimum amount.

Your first Assignment Next assignment Role

£1,100 (time frames apply)

Team Members
£800 Deputy Team Leaders
£400 Team Leaders


If you would like to find out more about volunteering with Vision Aid Overseas please see our frequently asked questions or email [email protected]


If I was to give any advice it would be to go for it! You'd be amazed how your small actions can change someone's life for the better. Find out more