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Senior tours and vacation travel with Eldertrekkers
Pilot Lars (right) and ElderTrekkers, Robbie and Liz, relax in the balloon basket while flying high over Cappadocia from Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey. Photo by Senior Travel Editor Alison Gardner
Most travelers today .... want memorable short-term experiences and adventures of one week to a month. Certainly, it is possible to plan and carry out independent alternative travel holidays with great success. But the two audiences who make up the vast majority of travelers today—older travelers and women—are far more inclined to research and select a carefully-planned small-group tour, a volunteer program, or an expeditionary cruise where the destinations, total expenses, and range of experiences are clearly defined. — Alison Gardner
Volunteer in Ecuador and Galapagos
Lead Adventures offers volunteer and adventure programs in Ecuador and the Galapagos suitable for "grown-ups" and seniors, providing full immersion in traditional Ecuadorian culture. You will learn about and share your knowledge of biodiversity, conservation, social causes, organic agriculture, animal welfare, and community building. Tailored group and individual customized options are available. You may choose to stay in a hostel or a hotel for more independence, and have your travel arrangements customized for your specific needs.
Senior volunteering in Ecuador Dates: Year round
Contact: Lead Adventures, Juan Leon Mera 1574 y La Pinta (2nd floor office 2A) Quito - Ecuador
Tel.: US/Canada 1 800 579 3905 or Ecuador 5 932 254 1633
Email: info@lead-adventures.com.
Websites: www.lead-adventures.com
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Live With and Teach English to a Family in France
This volunteer program is a great opportunity to experience French lifestyle and improve your linguistic skills at a low cost.
You live with a host family and in exchange for your own room and meals, you share your English language skills for around 15 hours a week. This program has a focus on cultural exchange, it is designed for those of you wishing to experience French culture in depth. Placements are usually in Southern France, however, positions are available in Paris and other areas in France.
Seniors welcome!
Volunteer in France with Aliore Dates: 1 to 3 months placements, available all year round. Only 1 month placement in July and August.
Cost:
From 390 Euros.
Contact: ALIORE, Worldwide Workshops, 23 rue Jean Giono 34080 Montpellier, France
Tel.:
00 33 951 79 79 72.
Email: infos@aliore.org
Website: www.aliore.org (Language & Lifestyle programme)
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Global Aware Adventures in Service
Volunteer Vacations for Retirees
This nonprofit currently offers volunteer projects in 18+ countries worldwide. Adventures in service focuses on cultural awareness and sustainability.
All program costs, including airfare, are U.S. tax-deductible, though airfare must be purchased independently.
Volunteers are of all ages, with an exciting emphasis on multi-generational family groups.
Volunteer service for seniors Dates: Start at 1 week
Contact: Globe Aware
, 6500 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 104, Dallas, TX 75214
Tel: 1 877 588 4562
Email: office@globeaware.org
Website: www.globeaware.org
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Road Scholar: Educational Travel and Learning Vacations for Adults and Seniors
Offers tours, 5,500 learning adventures in 150 countries and all 50 states in the U.S., serving more than 100,000 participants per year. Road Scholar was founded by Elderhostel, a not-for-profit, in the summer of 1975 and began as a learning program conceived to combine not-for-credit classes with inexpensive lodging for older adults. The adult and senior tours range from small to large in size, and combine educational, cultural, and adventure travel.

Adventures Abroad Senior Tours
Small-group tours for "mature" travelers (those 50+) around the world. The focus is on cultural immersion travel, adventure travel, and traveling off-the-beaten-path. Meet, eat, dine, and converse with locals rather than staying in more conventional tourist locations while being guided by experts in destinations.

Rick Steves’ Europe Tours
Currently offers over 40 small-group tours and hundreds of departures reflecting the "Europe Through the Back Door" grassroots philosophy of his acclaimed European guidebooks and public television travel series. With a good mix of ages from 30 to 80 (about 60 percent women), more than half of participants are over 50 on the 2- to 3-week country and region tours, while they make up 30-40 percent on the 1-week city tours.

ElderTreks — Over 50 Travel — Adventure Tours for Seniors
Caters to 50-plus curious, adventurous travelers for nearly two decades. ElderTreks currently offers small groups of participants opportunities to learn in-depth about environments, countries, and cultures in 80 countries. With tours covering both land-based and ship-based tours, each itinerary is described in “no surprises” detail and its activity level rated from easy to challenging. Very high on repeat clientele — always a healthy sign!

European Waterways: Hotel Barge Cruises
A tour operator that is a bit more on the luxury side, these cruises provide senior-friendly tours through many beautiful rivers, towns, sites, festivals and more in Europe. There are also many barge tours with small companies in Europe and worldwide that you should cosider to enjoy Europe in a relaxing mode. Read our guide on Barge Tours in Europe: Best European Barge Cruises for more.

Walking the World
Offers adventure travel tours for people 50 and better. Adventure travel is a way of experiencing the world, not as a passive observer, but as an active participant. And walking, more than any other type of activity, allows you to experience firsthand not only a country’s majestic natural areas, but its rich and varied human cultures as well. With Walking The World, you’ll be walking through small villages, meeting the local people, and sampling some of the world’s finest food and drink.

Stride Travel
A metasearch site for senior tours, meaning it allows easy searches across over 700 tour companies and presents discounted options you should find of interest, most with reviews by people who have actually taken the trip.

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.

Overseas Adventure Travels
Specializes in small group tours and expeditions for those over 50 to destinations around the world. The organization, based in Boston, Mass., offers to "take you off the beaten path so you can participate in everyday life in your destination," allowing opportunities for as much cultural interaction as possible with the local culture as you explore.

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, responsible volunteering, hands-on volunteering, cultural connections, and developing an authentic and meaningful travel experience. Discover Corps has an exclusive relationship with the National Peace Corps Association.

Archaeological Institute of America Tours
A wide range of small-group land tours and small-ship voyages led by practicing archaeologists who offer behind-the-scenes commentary and insight that only an expert scholar can provide. First-class luxury is the norm on these senior tours with about 90 percent of clientele over 50.

Senior volunteering in Ecuador with Lead Adventures
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