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International Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors with Projects Abroad

Three Costa Rican children enjoy playtime with a Projects Abroad volunteer

Projects Abroad places a great deal of value on our senior volunteers, for with age comes a mixture of experience, skills, and patience that younger volunteers simply cannot offer. Some of our most successful placements have involved working professionals and retirees who are volunteering in a role in which they have many years of experience, such as Emilia, who wanted to test her Journalism skills in the new setting of Mongolia. She ended up working as the editor of weekly newspaper the UB Post!

Qualified medical professionals such as doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and dentists are also incredibly popular with our partner organizations because they can help relieve the heavy workloads in busy clinics and hospitals. So if you want to put your skills into practice against a new and exciting backdrop then we would love to have you aboard!

Volunteer Overseas during your Retirement

Recent years have witnessed a massive growth in the number of retired volunteers traveling to Projects Abroad destinations. Older volunteers often tend to favor the more altruistic projects, such as teaching English in underpriveleged schools and helping to care for children in need, which is fantastic because these are generally the areas where there is the biggest need, but if you fall into this category and would like to try something different, you can join one of our Archaeology or Nomad Projects. Of course, you would be very welcome on any of our projects in any of our destinations, and with Projects Abroad you get to choose your start dates and the duration of your project.

Short-Term Group Trips: Grown-up Specials

We offer a range of meaningful short-term group trips for established professionals and retirees over the age of 50. Our Grown-up Specials take place in countries across the developing world and each program takes place over two weeks. Each trip has set dates, allowing volunteers to arrive and leave together. In addition, the projects all follow a set schedule and are designed to be as impactful as possible, even in the short time volunteers are living and working in the community. A Grown-up Special is a great way for older volunteers to travel with purpose and experience different cultures.

Meet one of our Senior Volunteers

Older volunteer, Violet Christie, shares her experience of working on a Teaching project in Mexico“We taught English to secondary school pupils in Guadalajara, Mexico. All lessons incorporated humor, with serious topics, interspersed with questions derived from "The Simpsons" or Mexican soap operas, which were unavoidable in the house where we lived! We were humbled by the non-materialistic and compassionate nature of the kids, our host-families and many others we met. A huge benefit of volunteering is escaping from everyday responsibilities and routines, so that which is truly important is given a chance to emerge. This had such an impact on us that within two months of our return we have sold our home and moved to a brighter situation 200 miles away!”

Hector & Violet Christie
Teaching in Mexico

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