The following projects and coordinating
agencies are noted for providing senior-friendly working
and living environments:
31-34 Gordon Sq., London WC1H OPY, England, U.K.; Tel./fax
Based out of University College London’s Institute
of Archaeology since 1972, Archaeology Abroad provides
information about archaeological fieldwork opportunities
outside the U.K. through its annual publication, now
produced exclusively on CD ROM. Upward of 1,000 places
are advertised annually suitable for all pocketbooks
and levels of experience, covering all archaeological
periods. Subscribe online at: www.britarch.ac.uk/shop.
3 Clocktower Pl., Maynard, MA 01754-0075; 800-776-0188
or 978-461-0081, fax 978-461-2332; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.earthwatch.org.
Since 1971, this international nonprofit organization
has placed more than 81,000 volunteers with field researchers
engaged in a dazzling menu of scientific and social science
research around the world. With a strong emphasis on
sustainability, it presently supports about 140 projects
in 48 countries, including North America. Forty percent
of participants are older adults, and a great many volunteers
are repeat clients with 20+ projects ticked off their
Network, 130 North Howell St., St. Paul,
MN 55104; 800-644-9292 (US only) or 651-644-0960; email@example.com, www.globalcitizens.org.
Established in 1992, GCN is a volunteer organization
for people committed to sharing values of peace, justice,
tolerance, cross-cultural understanding and global
cooperation. With trips generally lasting one, two
or three weeks, each team of six to 12 people works
with local villagers on projects initiated by the
local community, for the benefit of that community.
Fifty percent of participants are older adults.
Global Service Corps, 3543
18th Street, #14, San Francisco, CA 94110; tel 415-551-0000;
fax 415-861-8969; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.globalservicecorps.org. Global
Service Corps (GSC) 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.
375 E. Little Canada Rd., St. Paul, MN 55117-1628; 800-487-1074
or 651-407-6100, fax 651-482-0915; email@example.com, www.globalvolunteers.org.
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 percent of volunteers are older
adults, drawn primarily from the U.S. and Canada. One-
to three-week programs are offered in 19 countries on
7232 Fisher Rd., Dallas, Texas 75214-1917; 877-588-4562
or 214-823-0083, fax 214-823-0084; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.globeaware.org.
This nonprofit currently offers volunteer vacations in
Peru, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand,
Nepal and Brazil. 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 percent
of volunteers are 50 to 80 years old, with an exciting
emphasis on multi-generational family groups. All tours
Habitat for Humanity (HQ.
and International Programs), 121 Habitat St., Americus,
GA 31709-3498; 800-HABITAT or 912-924-6935, fax 912-924-6541; email@example.com, www.habitat.org. Habitat
for Humanity Canada (Canadian and International
Programs), 800-667-5137 or 519-885-4565; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.habitat.ca.
This nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization 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 over 70
countries. While Habitat will not estimate figures, they
say that older volunteers are "very significant" in
UWA Extension, Univ. of Western Australia, 35 Stirling
Hwy., Crawley, WA 6009 Australia; 08-6488-2433, fax 08-6488
A nonprofit, self-supporting study and research project
since 1992, this volunteer vacation program represents
the best possible marriage of resources between government
(Dept. of Conservation and Land Management), academic
research (Univ. of Western Australia) and the inquiring
minds and helping hands of an interested public (vacation
volunteers). An excellent introduction to Western Australia’s
unique natural surroundings. Seventy-five percent of
participants are older adults.
Lead Adventures Ecuador & Galapagos,
Foch E8-42 Y 6 De Diciembre, Quito, Ecuador; www.lead-adventures.com.
Offers volunteer and adventure programs in Ecuador and
the Galapagos suitable for "grown-ups" and
seniors which provide full cultural immersion in traditional
Ecudorian culture. You will learn about and share your
knowledge of biodiversity, conservation, social causes,
organic agriculture, animal welfare, and community building,
with tailored group and individual customized options
available. You may choose to stay in a hostel or a hotel
for more independence, and have your travel arrangements
upgraded for your specific needs.
Oceanic Society Expeditions,
Quarters 35, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123; 800-326-7491
or 415-441-1106, fax 415-474-3395; email@example.com, www.Oceanic-Society.org.
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.
International, 4201 Wilshire Blvd., Ste.
407, Los Angeles, CA 90010; 800-ORANGUTAN (US only)
or 323-938-6046, fax 323-938-6047; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.orangutan.org.
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.
British conservation tour operator, Discovery Initiatives,
manages OFI volunteer travel and educational tours;
011-44-0-20-7724 2912; email@example.com, www.orangutan.org.uk.
Fifty to 60 percent of volunteer vacationers are older
6611 West Robert E. Lee St., Glendale, Arizona 85308;
602-375-2900, fax 602-926-1439; firstname.lastname@example.org, outreach360.org.
Since 1994, this Christian-based interdenominational
nonprofit organization has supported orphanages in the
Dominican Republic and sent individual volunteers and
groups to work with the children educationally or on
projects that have transformed the orphanage facilities.
Options are offered year round. Scheduled family camps
also provide memorable volunteer modeling opportunities
for grandparents and their grandchildren. Thirty-five
percent of volunteers are older adults.