The following projects provide senior-friendly volunteer environments, many of which take advantages of the skills and knowledge you already possess to make a difference in local communities even as you see another part of the world:
An organization that offers multi-generational volunteer vacation packages to
countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Discover Corps
specializes in volunteer trips for seniors and their families. The 1-2
week multi-generational family trips combine citizen diplomacy, responsible volunteering,
hands-on volunteering, cultural connections, and developing an authentic and
meaningful travel experience.
An international nonprofit organization that 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 or seniors, and a great many volunteers are repeat clients involved in multiple projects.
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 old adults or seniors, drawn primarily from the U.S. and Canada. 1-
to 3-week programs are offered in 17 countries on
Global Service Corps
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 of the volunteers are seniors.
Volunteer programs abroad for people of all ages, including over 50. GVI offers over 100 diverse volunteer projects in Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe and Australasia, all offering a blend of cultural immersion and exploration. With project focuses in marine and wildlife conservation, animal care, child care, health care, and teaching, there is something for everyone.
Habitat for Humanity
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 senior volunteers are "very significant" in
International Volunteer HQ
Offers low-cost senior volunteer vacations 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
Projects Abroad: Conservation and Community Work in Ecuador for Volunteers over 50
"In the Galapagos Islands, do conservation volunteer work and help local communities with a group your age. You’ll work at the Galapagos National Park and do light renovation work at schools and care centres in the local community. This is a unique opportunity, as we are the only volunteer organisation with an official partnership that allows us to work in the park."