Mind The Gap

3/4. It used to be something students did, but in the 50 years since the Voluntary Service Overseas started it has undergone a transformation and is now more likely to be undertaken by professionals.



As VSO - Voluntary Service Overseas - celebrates 50 years Edi Stark investigates who benefits most from an adult gap year. One of the early volunteers reveals how she went to Malawi on a mission but came back with a husband.


Edi Stark talks to Laura Carse, a visually impaired VSO volunteer who spent a year in Papua New Guinea.


Edi Stark speaks to Philip Campbell about why he gave up his comfortable life to work with victims in what many consider to be one of the world's most brutal political regimes.

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4/4. Edi Stark talks to Calum Murray about his decision to leave Scotland and build roads in Sierra Leone, a move that would see him being captured and held hostage for six months by African rebels.