Retirement can be one of the most wonderful times of your life, but deciding what to do during retirement can be difficult. Many retirees choose to start a new hobby or take the time to help out with their loved ones. Others give back to the community and get involved in local projects that offer voluntary work for pensioners.
As well as volunteering, travel is also a high-priority on many retirees' bucket lists. By volunteering abroad, you can find meaning and purpose in your retirement while exploring a new country. Participating in volunteer work abroad for over 60s gives you the opportunity to utilize your professional skills for good, pursue forgotten passions and contribute to long-lasting positive change. This is why we think volunteering abroad should be at the top of your retirement wish list.
"Our older volunteers find a sense of purpose in their contributions. They are willing to share a part of what they know to make a difference in the lives of the community and the people that they meet on their project. But the exchange usually surpasses their expectation as they get to experience different food, cultures and sentiments of what life is like on the other side of the world."
- Thami Bhakanava, Volunteer Advisor
We offer diverse voluntary work for newly retired adults in some stunning locations! Some of our projects are specifically designed for over 50’s, where we take the stress out of traveling abroad so you can focus on what’s important. You can take part in any project from conservation and community work in Ecuador to childcare in Nepal.
“At the age of 69, I decided that it was now or never. If I wanted to see and experience a bit of the world. I could have gone on an organized tourist trip somewhere but that did not seem to fit the bill. (...) what I really wanted was to experience and feel the country. With that in mind, I decided to explore the possibility of voluntary work and that led me to Projects Abroad.”
Still, have questions about volunteer vacations for seniors? We’ve answered six commonly asked questions to help you better understand what to expect from your volunteer experience.
Do I need to have prior volunteer experience?
No prior volunteer experience is needed to join our projects. This includes voluntary work for pensioners. Part of the adventure of volunteering overseas involves experiencing things for the first time. Many of our volunteers, regardless of age, join us having never done anything like this before. We’ll teach you everything you need to know, and you’ll have the full support of our in-country staff during your stay.
Are there specific language requirements?
If you speak English, you are already qualified to join most of our volunteer projects. English is widely spoken in most of the countries we work in and all our in-country staff speak both English and the local language. However, there are a few exceptions as we have language requirements in some of our French and Spanish speaking countries.
However, learning a new language is one of the things you can do during retirement. And what better way to learn than in the country where it is most commonly spoken? We have many Language Courses for you to take a look at. French, Mandarin, Spanish? What’s your preference?
Our Project Experts are available to advise you on work for older volunteers abroad and ensure the language barrier won’t be a problem while you are away.