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Volunteering Abroad for Seniors 

A senior volunteer abroad plants seedlings at a Nutrition Project in Fiji

Millennials are not the only ones challenging themselves to explore the world and do something different. A rapidly growing number of older people and seniors are seizing the opportunity to volunteer abroad. With Projects Abroad, you can choose what kind of volunteer work you want to do, and where you want to go.  

Use your skills and life experience to help those who need it most and volunteer overseas as a senior. This is a great way to make the most of your next holiday, career break, or your retirement. Our programs run throughout the year, and you can choose when to start and finish

International Volunteering for Seniors

We can help you pick an international program that plays to your strengths, and takes you where you want to go. Here are some of our most popular options for seniors volunteering abroad:

  1. Conservation Projects: Leave the city or the suburbs behind, and live and work in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, African wildlife reserves, the Galapagos Islands, and more. Our older volunteers love the natural surroundings, and enjoy working with conservationists to help plants and endangered wildlife thrive.
  2. Care Projects: Work with kindergartens and daycares that focus on early childhood development and education for disadvantaged children. You can help kids learn through play, teach the ABCs and 123s, and get them active outdoors.  
  3. Culture and Community Projects: Seize the opportunity to break away from the world you know and exchange it for a different way of living. Live and work with the Maasai, roam the Mongolian Steppe with a nomad family, and more. These programs are great for giving back and learning about different cultures at the same time. 

A group of senior volunteers abroad with other volunteers and staff in NepalIf you want to use your professional skills to make a difference, we recommend our Projects for Professionals. Doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and dentists are especially in demand, as they help relieve heavy workloads in busy clinics and hospitals.

You can look at all of our projects if your interests lie elsewhere.

Group Volunteering Overseas for Seniors

Some older volunteers prefer to travel with a group of people their own age. In these cases, we recommend our Grown-up Specials.

These are short-term group volunteer trips for people ages 50 and older. Grown-up Specials run over fixed dates throughout the year, so select the dates that best fit your schedule. The group arrives and leaves at the same time, and live and work together. Our staff organize the details, from full days of volunteer work, to a weekend sightseeing trip.

Volunteer Work Abroad for over 60s

A senior volunteer abroad works with children in MadagascarThere are several things to think about when volunteering abroad over the age of 60. Your health, safety, and having travel and medical insurance are extremely important. We take all of this into consideration and ensure that you have the following when you travel with us:

  • 24/7 support from our trained and resident local staff
  • Travel and medical insurance for volunteers up to the age of 65 (volunteers ages 66 and up need to obtain their own insurance)
  • Access to medical care if you are ill or injured

When you participate in volunteer work abroad with us in your 60s, we do our best to ensure your wellbeing. All you need to do is relax, dive into your volunteer work, and enjoy your travels!

Volunteering Overseas for Seniors with Projects Abroad

If you have any questions about picking a programme, or concerns about volunteering abroad, give us a call or send us an email. You can also read reviews from our previous older volunteers.

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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