The following projects and coordinating
agencies are noted for providing senior friendly volunteer work
and living environments:
Discover Corps. A travel program that offers volunteer vacations packages to countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Discover Corps specializes in volunteer trips for seniors and their families. The 1-2 week trips combine citizen diplomacy, hands-on volunteerism, cultural connections, and engaging exploration to create an authentic and meaningful travel experience. Discover Corps has an exclusive relationship with the National Peace Corps Association.
Since 1971, this international nonprofit organization has placed more than 100,000 volunteers with field researchers engaged in a dazzling menu of scientific and social science
research around the world. With a strong emphasis on sustainability, since 1971, they have invested in nearly 1,400 conservation research projects in more than 120 countries, including North America. 40% of participants are older adults, and a great many volunteers are repeat clients involved in multiple projects.
Global Service Corps is a nonprofit international volunteer
organization providing service-learning opportunities
to live and work in Thailand, Cambodia, or Tanzania.
Short- and long-term programs offer cultural immersion
with homestays or in independent accommodations, while
working with local counterparts. Personalized service-learning
programs, including HIV/AIDS Prevention, Sustainable
Agriculture (for nutrition and hunger relief), Healthcare,
English Instruction, Buddhist Immersion, and the Seeds
of Sustenance Fellowship begin with in-depth training
sessions and provide rewarding hands-on challenges
for volunteers. Many volunteers are older adults.
Founded in 1984, Global Volunteers is a private, nonprofit
international development organization mobilizing teams
of short-term volunteers year-round to assist with long-term
local projects in partnership with 200+ local organizations.
With a mission to wage peace and promote justice worldwide,
programs include teaching conversational English and
other basic subjects, caring for at risk youth, assisting
with health care, building schools and community facilities,
and much more. About 50% of volunteers are older
adults, drawn primarily from the U.S. and Canada. 1-
to 3-week programs are offered in 17 countries on
This nonprofit currently offers volunteer vacations in
17+ countries worldwide. One week adventures in service focus
on cultural awareness and sustainability. All program
costs, including airfare, are U.S. tax-deductible, though
airfare must be purchased independently. About 25%
of volunteers are 50 to 80 years old, with an exciting
emphasis on multi-generational family groups. All tours
Habitat for Humanity (Headquarters
and International Programs).
A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization that seeks
to eliminate poverty housing around the world by building
homes appropriate to each area where a need exists, either
because of natural disasters destroying existing housing
or because extreme poverty relegates individuals and
families to living in substandard shelter. No building
experience necessary. Choose from programs in countries worldwide. While Habitat will not estimate figures, they
say that older volunteers are "very significant" in
International Volunteer HQ. Offers low-cost volunteer vacations for seniors in locations around the world. Programs take advantage of the experience and skills of mature participants and provide popular homestay and private room options should they be desired.
Oceanic Society Expeditions.
The Oceanic Society is a nonprofit organization working
to protect marine wildlife and the marine environment
through conservation-based research and environmental
education. Half its itineraries are volunteer holidays,
the rest are educational. Participants become research
assistants, working side by side with academics and field
researchers, logging, recording, and collecting data,
including coral reef health monitoring and measuring
nesting sea turtles. These expeditions occur in Central
and South America and the Pacific Ocean region. Sixty
percent of clients are older adults.
There are only two islands in the world where the
highly endangered orangutan can be found in the wild:
Sumatra and Borneo. As the only organization dedicated
solely to preservation of orangutans and their dwindling
rainforest habitat, OFI offers a well-established
study tour/volunteer program of frontline field experiences.
50 to 6% of volunteer vacationers are older