In 2018, millennials are not the only ones challenging themselves to explore the world and do something different. A rapidly growing number of people in their 50s and 60s (and older) are opting for adventure and seizing the opportunity to give back through their travels. Age is not a barrier to volunteering abroad, so use your time to help others, take your career in a different direction, or just try something new and exciting!
Before you hop on a plane, you need to choose a programme that plays to your strengths and takes you where you want to go. Start with five of our favourite volunteer abroad programmes for older adults, and make the most of your next holiday, career break, or your retirement.
What do I need to know about travelling as an older volunteer?
There are several things to think about when volunteering abroad over the age of 50. Your health, safety, and having travel and medical insurance are extremely important. We take all of this into consideration and ensure that you have the following when you travel with us:
- 24/7 support from our trained and resident local staff
- Travel and medical insurance for volunteers up to the age of 65 (volunteers ages 66 and up need to obtain their own insurance)
- Access to medical care if you are ill or injured
When you participate in volunteer work abroad with us, we do our best to ensure your wellbeing. All you need to do is relax, dive into your volunteer work, and enjoy your travels! If you have any questions about picking a program, or concerns about volunteering abroad over the age of 50, get in touch with us!
A little nervous about venturing out on your own, or travelling abroad for the first time? Then we recommend joining our group trips for people in their 50s and older, Grown-up Specials. They run over fixed periods at different times of the year and offer more guidance than our more independent standard programs. Anyone in their 50s and older can join.