Bosco Volunteer Action

Bosco Volunteer Action (BOVA) is the overseas volunteering organisation of the Salesians of Don Bosco in the UK. We offer placements for adults (18 and over) to serve the young and the poor while living and working alongside Salesian communities around the world.


Volunteer with Us

As a BOVA volunteer, you could be working in schools or orphanages passing on vital skills such as Music, Sports, Sciences and English. There are also opportunities to give pastoral care, or just to 'be there' for the children.

You will be paired with a community that needs the skills and experience you have, meaning the work you do will be of vital importance. Whatever skills you have, there will be a Salesian community that needs you! You'll also gain new skills, and have experiences that will help you grow and develop as a person and in your work.


Learning through action; serving the young and the poor alongside Salesian communities around the world.

In all aspects of our work there is a particular focus on providing a well-planned educational experience; stimulating, preparing and encouraging a long term involvement with development issues, faith and the Salesian Family


Latest News

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Our Province-wide work during COVID 19

Our Province-wide work during COVID 19

The Salesians of Don Bosco UK have been strictly observing all of the measures to...

Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2020 18:57

Volunteer Receives Warm Welcome In Tanzania

Volunteer Receives Warm Welcome In Tanzania

Rebecca is serving with Bosco Volunteer Action (BOVA), our overseas volunteer project....

Posted: Thu, 09 Jan 2020 11:53

Good Luck, Farewell & Thank you to BOVA's Anita

Good Luck, Farewell & Thank you to BOVA's Anita

Anita with former BOVA volunteer, Peter

After seven years leading Bosco Volunteer...

Posted: Thu, 05 Sep 2019 16:07

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Feast of Blessed Titus Zeman

8th January 2020

Blessed Titus Zeman (1915-1969) was a Slovakian Salesian priest.

Salesian Family Spirituality Days

16th January 2020 - 19th January 2020

The annual gathering in Turin open to all members of the 32 organisations who form our Salesian Family.

Peace Sunday

19th January 2020


Fellowship Schools Headteachers' Meeting

22nd January 2020 - 23rd January 2020

A gathering of the Heads of the 7 non-Salesian schools who are part of our Salesian Schools Network in the UK.

Feast of St Francis de Sales

24th January 2020

St Francis de Sales is the Patron of the Salesians of Don Bosco

Holocaust Memorial Day

27th January 2020

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Feast of St John Bosco

31st January 2020

The feast of our founder, Don Bosco.

Don Bosco Celebration, Manchester

1st February 2020, 12:00

The annual Mass and lunch for all members of the Salesian Family to celebrate our founder's feast.

Feast of Blessed Pius IX

7th February 2020

As Pope, Blessed Pius IX played an important role in the creation of the Salesians.

St Josephine Bakhita - Day of Prayer for Victims of Trafficking

8th February 2020

St Josephine Bakhita was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery. Her feast is an international day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking and modern slavery.