VSO stands for Voluntary Services Overseas. Any scheme member going to work abroad for this organisation or for the British Red Cross can apply to remain in our scheme.

Members must apply to remain in the scheme within 3 months of starting their new job and must have contributed to the scheme at some time during the previous 12 months. In certain circumstances, on behalf of the Secretary of State, we may exercise discretion to extend the normal 3 month time limit for applying. Each case will be judged on its individual circumstances.

We will also consider continued scheme membership for any overseas employments in developing or war torn countries.