If you are an Optometrist or Dispensing Optician your skills could help change lives. Our one-day Volunteer Development Programme is for those who wish to find out more about becoming a VAO Professional Volunteer, supporting VAO in your community, fundraising and volunteering on an overseas assignment. It is also suitable for returning Professional Volunteers who have not volunteered with us for 4 years or more.
You need to have completed the Volunteer Development Programme before you can apply to volunteer on an overseas assignment. Our assignments are planned around country need and each year we require a different amount of volunteers due to the phases of our programmes, therefore attending the training does not guarantee a place on an assignment, however it is the first step in being able to apply for a place.
Vision Aid Overseas needs experienced volunteers to lead our assignment teams. If you have been on at least one assignment and feel you have the skills and attributes to lead a team, sign up for our two-day Team Leader Development Programme. All Team Leaders and Deputy Team Leaders have to attend this course to take on these roles.