Explore a deep new purpose when you volunteer abroad in retirement. Join senior volunteers who  contribute their knowledge, skills and compassion.  These are kindred spirits!  Half of our volunteers are 55 and older –  30 percent are over 65. Share your skills and connect to something significantly larger than yourself.  Make new friends. Explore the world and make a difference. Help children, mothers, teachers and community leaders improve their futures.

You’ll be an important part of a team from all walks of life. Choose from a broad range of work projects and see measurable, meaningful outcomes.  You can teach conversational English, literacy and numeracy, care for at-risk infants and toddlers, repair community buildings, plant container gardens, provide pre-natal support, health and hygiene education, and so much more.

Your health and safety are our priorities. You’ll stay in comfortable tourist-class hotels or guest-houses. Enjoy three nutritious meals daily in restaurants or prepared by our staff cooks.  Bottled water is provided on all service programs. Our team leaders and local staff are trained in CPR and first aid, and our USA staff are available by phone 24/7. Emergency medical evacuation insurance is included in your service program contribution. We take care of you, so you can serve others.

Work with our volunteer coordinators by email, phone or online chat to apply your skills and experience.  We’ll give you a clear understanding of the host community and your service options. We always work at the invitation of community partners, and under the direction of local leaders. This means  you’ll serve on full-day projects, five days a week on projects where you’re most needed.  Your service program contribution, airfare and visa are tax-deductible under this itinerary. But, that’s not all!  You’ll have plenty of free time in the evenings for community activities, and on weekends to explore local attractions. Open the door to new opportunities, and learn how significant your life experiences are in our partner communities.  Enlarge your perspective.  Engage the world for good!

It’s Proven: Volunteering is Good for Your Health!

Senior volunteers who serve abroad or in the USA enjoy greater vitality and psychological well-being. The Mayo Clinic cites decades-long research showing a link between quality of life and involvement with other people. Regular volunteering may even extend your life!  Consider their “healthy aging” recommendations:

  • Volunteer in the field you’re interested in to obtain hands-on experience and make connections.
  • Inventory your interests, talents and achievements, and engage your body, mind and soul on meaningful volunteer projects.
  • Join other like-minded retirees to learn, meet new people, try a range of activities, and have fun.

Working with motivated and compassionate people of all ages on volunteer abroad programs can be one of the most significant experiences of your life.

Preparations for senior volunteers overseas and in the USA

  • Professional in-country staff and partners

  • On-site orientation and team-building sessions

  • 24-hour emergency phone contact

  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance

  • Language and cultural introductions

  • Professional skills and work project interest questionnaire

  • Program summary materials and reading lists

  • Conversational English Teaching Guide

  • Global Volunteering Manual

  • Essential Services Prospectus

  • Tips on people-to-people activities

  • Hotel lodging in most partner communities

Depending on your appetite for challenge and adventure, you can select a program close to home, or in a far-flung destination. Choose a familiar project assignment, or try something you’ve never done before. You’ll have the security of working with other team members and sharing your talents and expertise under the direction of local leaders. Meanwhile, the comfort and predictability of our program logistics allow you to focus on making a difference.

According to the Mayo Clinic: “People who work to improve the world or help others tend to maintain a sense of vitality. They find that their contributions can make a positive difference. You gain the satisfaction that comes with doing something you believe in…and achieve a sense of belonging within a community.”

Theodore Roosevelt: “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others lives long after we are gone.”

“If, once you reach a certain age, you never do anything that makes you nervous, it means you’re not really challenging yourself.  There’s still so much out there to try.”

Rene MoquinPoland, Cuba, Vietnam and China volunteer

“As I grow older and my list of visited cultures expands, I remain humbled and deeply moved by the gracious nature of the majority of people.  The “catch” is, of course, that we cannot experience these valuable cultural exchanges without taking risks. We must be willing to step away from our familiar, safe surroundings and reach out to the other. However slowly, awkwardly, we inch forward, narrowing the chasm.”

Dr. Terry McGlasson8-Time Global Volunteer

“As a lifelong learner, I’ve been either a student, a teacher or both my entire life.  Since I retired from active employment several years ago, I have enjoyed the freedom to not only continue my roles as student and teacher but also to expand them in service to others.”

Gloria Gibbs10-time Global Volunteer

“Being a servant to others, giving my time and talents with no requirement for anything in return, was very rewarding.  Almost everyone I met in one way or another thanked me just for coming there.” 

Stephen BeckCook Islands and Mexico Volunteer

“My ten trips with Global Volunteers have added whole new meaning and purpose to my life, in my retirement after 45 years as a graphic designer. Each one’s been totally worth every penny – plus all expenses are tax deductible! Previous experience is not necessary. I urge curious travelers to go.”

Tom Medsger10-Tim Global Volunteer

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