Senior volunteers planting seeds as part of conservation efforts in Fiji

Volunteering Opportunities for Older Adults

Take a volunteering holiday for over 50s and travel independently or with a group your age

With Projects Abroad, you can volunteer at any age, and we have a wealth of experience organising voluntary work abroad for over 50s. Through our projects, you can use your skills, knowledge, and life experience to make a real difference in developing countries. 

This is what you can expect from our volunteer opportunities abroad for older adults: 

For volunteers abroad over 50, we recommend our Flexi Trips, where you work more independently, but still have the support of our staff. These trips run year-round, and you can join when you want. Interested in hearing more about the kinds of Flexi Trips we offer? Read our popular article featuring our best volunteer abroad programmes for older adults

Interested in short-term overseas voluntary work for over 50s with a group? Then our Grown-up Specials are for you. You’ll work with a group your own age to accomplish a goal in a short period of time, and you’ll arrive and leave at the same time.

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A Childcare volunteer in Ghana offers a child a high five for successfully completing an educational task.
Volunteer with Children in Ghana
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  • Price: €2,035 for 2 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: €315
  • Start Date: Completely flexible dates
  • Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
  • Age: 16 or over
Female Medical intern treats a local woman's finger at a Public Health Outreach programme during her Medical placement in Ghana.
Medical Internships in Ghana
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  • Price: €1,870 for 1 week
  • Extra Weeks: €315
  • Start Date: Completely flexible dates
  • Minimum Duration: 1 week
  • Age: 16 or over
In an project volunteering with children in Tanzania a child smiles outside a care centre.
Volunteer with Children in Tanzania
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  • Price: €2,035 for 2 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: €315
  • Start Date: Completely flexible dates
  • Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
  • Age: 16 or over
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Volunteering for Retired Professionals

Projects Abroad offers a variety of projects that are a great fit for voluntary work for retired professionals, and older professionals interested in a career break. We also tailor your project to maximise the impact of your expertise and experience on the ground.

While we have a wide range of professionals who volunteer overseas with us, these are the most common professions:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Physiotherapists
  • Dentists
  • Lawyers, Attorneys, Advocates, and Human Rights Professionals 
  • Vets
  • Business Professionals and Consultants

Is your profession not on the list? Not to worry! Our Project Experts are here to help you find a project that matches your skillset or passions. Read more about our approach to professional volunteering abroad.

A man reads to a child as part of our volunteering opportunities for seniors in Africa.

Volunteer Abroad Opportunities for Seniors

We don’t believe that age should hold you back from volunteering abroad. Many of our projects are perfectly suited for volunteer work abroad for over 60s, and you can use your skills to help or realise your potential in a completely new field. 

As someone doing voluntary work for over 60s, you don’t need previous experience to join most of our projects, unless you’re looking to volunteer in a professional capacity. We’ll teach you everything you need to know, and you’ll have the support of colleagues at your placement.

Read our article to learn more about volunteering during your retirement.  

What's included in my project?

We can take care of planning the details before and during your trip thanks to our hassle-free approach. All you need to do is focus on what’s important: using your time, energy, and skills to actively make a difference.

With Projects Abroad, you don’t need to worry about:

  • Arranging accommodation
  • Organising your placement
  • Getting picked up and dropped off at the airport in-country
  • The cost of travelling to your placement in-country
  • Health and travel insurance

We also provide visa advice and we can take all the stress out of booking flights. If you book flights through us, we’ll always book changeable tickets to your destination, with the shortest and most convenient layovers.

Next Steps

Can't find what you're looking for?

We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom project for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small.

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