Have you ever wondered, what would be the best volunteer abroad options for older adults? Most of the volunteers seem to be still in their teens or twens, just leaving college and looking for an outstanding experience overseas before going to university. But, adventures and new cultural experiences are not just limited to young people! You might be astonished, how many volunteers we recently had, who are already between fifty or sixty years old.
And, as the story goes, especially older people can bring so much needed expertise and solid knowlegde to the people in developing countries! Sometimes even a mother comes with her elder son, or a whole family goes for family volunteering. Both generations join their efforts, combine adventure spirit and wisdom for a very special volunteer experience!
I have selected some outstanding examples which might inspire and encourage you for a volunteer adventure.
What about volunteering in Rio de Janeiro teaching English? Rio de Janeiro is still one of the most charming volunteer destinations. Since people are very welcoming and eager to learn English from a native speaker, you will have a unique experience! While teaching young kids from the favela, you will enjoy to get around in this fascinating city. Because our volunteer organization is located in Rio de Janeiro, you will find the volunteer programs with the best cost / benefits equation with us!
Read about Alejandros experience in Rio de Janeiro teaching English to kids from a favela:
I had the oportunity to participate in a volunteer program with Iko Poran in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
I was an English teacher for kids in a community. I had an excelent oportunity to learn about languages, people and new cultures as well as the one to help people and build a better future. The programs that the organization has are very fun and you really feel that you are helping.
The support that the members give you is great and I would like to congratulate Felipe, who really makes you feel like at home and trully fights with all his hearth to change the present and future of communities all around the world.
This was an amazing experience and I higly recommend it for everyone who feels that he wants to help and learn. – Alejandro
You may also enjoy reading about more experiences of volunteers in Rio de Janeiro:
Volunteers from all over the world unite to make the children smile in Rio: Mariangel Chaves Rodriguez, from Costa Rica, Iona MacTaggart, from Scotland, and Laura Vidal Llonch, from Spain came to Rio, to care for the children at a day care.
Thank you very much ladies! You make us believe that “another world is possible”!
Visit our page with the volunteer programs in Rio de Janeiro, to find out everything about our programs and how to sign up. Rio de Janeiro is one of the most charming options for volunteer vacations, and your contribution as a volunteer will be highly appreciated! You will make the children happy, as you make them feel loved and cared for. Of course the children want to play with you and also learn from you.
Even if your Portuguese is still basic, love is a universal language, and you will find your way aroung pretty soon, as people are welcoming and helpful. Check it out!
You may also have a look at our page with all childcare abroad programs in many countries.
Read some testimonials from our volunteers in Rio de Janeiro:
Volunteer in Brazil and teaching English in Rio de Janeiro, learning Portuguese, and providing access to one of the world’s most spoken languages.
This incredible volunteer project allows for much more than a standard teaching job. While teaching English in Rio, you will be fully submerged into the culture of the Brazilian people – and will end up learning Portuguese as well. You will have the opportunity to create bonds with students, ranging from primary aged to the elderly, teaching them the life skill of one of the worlds most spoken languages. Therefore you will be responsible for educating and creating opportunities for local people in Rio, who may not previously of had the chance to.
As a volunteer in Rio, you may witness the difference in the education provided, and as an English teacher you will have the blessed opportunity to supply further education to those eager to learn. Through working in local favelas, you will allow people access to education they previously did not see as possible – an opportunity of a lifetime!
Do not allow lack of teaching experience put you off! The project thrives from allowing English speakers to lead discussions and classes, whether that be small or larger groups. Your help will hugely impact their learning, for the better! Volunteers often help each other in planning lessons and activities, allowing for a diverse learning program. The volunteer project allows you to teach and also give you the opportunity to learn the Portuguese language.
Find out more about volunteering in Brazil and proceed with your application.
What about a moon party in Thailand this summer whilst volunteering, making lifelong friends & giving back? Unforgettable travel experience!
Our programs to volunteer in Thailand are located all over the country.
We offer Teaching, Childcare, Medical and Elephants programs in Surin and we also have an amazing Voluntour program in which in one week you care for elephants in Surin, on the second week you build in Sanghklaburi and spend the last two weeks in Koh Phangan, the ultimate party destination.
Surin, in the Northeast, is often called the heart of Thailand; well known for its beautiful scenery and friendly local community. Sanghklaburi, in the Northwest of Thailand – on the border with Burma, is surrounded by stunning lakes, rolling mountains and dense rainforest – provides ample opportunity for you outdoorsy types.
Find out everything about affordable volunteering in Thailand!
Work as a volunteer at Jaipur, one of the most beautiiful destinations in India. This fascinating capital of the state of Rajasthan is one of the best-planned cities of its time. Jaipur was established by the then Maharaja, Sawai Jai Singh in the year 1927. The graceful architecture of the City with predominantly pink colour on the walls has earned Jaipur the title of “The Pink City”. Jaipur is predominantly known for its musicians, artisans and craftsmen. Today, it is flocked by masses for its fine jewellery, varied textiles and sumptuous cuisine. There are innumerable sagas and stories of culture, traditions, practices and valour. This diverse land of rich cultural heritage is a royal treat for tourists all over the world.
Along with these fascinating places, Jaipur is flocked by people attracted by the beauty of the architecture and local arts and crafts. The famous handicrafts, silver and gold jewellery, precious and semi-precious stones, beads and jewellery, blue pottery products, carpets and textiles are the most preferred ethnic items by visitors. Jaipur is close to Delhi, the capital of India and is well connected to other parts of the country through airways, rail and road. Jaipur is one of the fastest growing cities of India with productive investment opportunities like Mahindra World City, World Trade Park, etc.
Have a beautiful experience teaching English in India, at the Jaipur Community School and help providing a better future for the local children.
The volunteer program takes place within a CSR (Community school) in Jaipur. The school is situated in the southern part of the city. The school is catering to children from an economically weak & marginalized area. The school offers quality English teaching with all other required amenities.
Find out more about Teaching English in India
The child development volunteer program is a residential program for children living nearby, with over 30 in attendance. All the children are from nearby areas of the city are economically very poor. Their parents can’t afford their education or child care expenses so they rely on this host organization, which is responsible for taking care all of their needs like education, shelter and food.
For all of our Jaipur India programs you have two possible options for accommodation for throughout the period of your stay. You may choose to either be placed within a very welcoming host family, or to be placed within the host camp option, a separate accommodation for volunteers; choosing whichever is better suited to your needs and desires. Full details of the accommodation are available in out Pre-Departure Guide.
Both are great options and we’re sure you will have a fantastic time!
Our programs to volunteer at Jaipur in India start every 3 weeks on a Saturday.
You may choose the duration of your volunteer program from 2 up to 24 weeks.
All volunteers should organize to arrive in Jaipur International Airport. Airport pick-up and drop-off is included in your program fee. You will be met by a representative in arrivals.
Orientation takes place on your first Monday and will cover
Volunteers work 4 to 6 hours daily, Monday to Friday.
You must be at least 18 years old at the start of your placement. All volunteers must have adequate volunteer travel insurance.
Fluency in English is required in all the projects.
You will have a competent support and advice from the local team and project leaders. There will always be a member of the local team working with you at the projects. The local coordinators will give you all the information to have a safe and unforgettable experience.
Feel inspired? Go ahead and start your volunteer experience in India!
We will take you step by step through the enrollment process, and you will also learn about everything provided with the program, acoommodation, costs envolved and requirements.
Make part of the vervet monkeys animal conservation volunteer program in South Africa where help is needed with the integration of the foster moms of 23 little orphans back into the troops.
Join the family at this amazing primate sanctuary. At this special initiative, orphaned primates come from near and far and are given a loving home where they are rehabilitated and cared for until they can be released back into the wild.
With over 500 cheeky monkeys in care at any one time, this sanctuary always needs an extra pair of helping hands. Your participation will help to ensure they are all well fed, cared for and loved; and will help raise funds to maintain the place up to scratch for its gorgeous guests.
This is an incredible option for those who go bananas for animals as you will get the chance to work hands on the vervet monkeys, under the guidance of experienced professionals. At other occasions, you will be helping to carry out all the back-stage tasks which really ensure the monkeys’ wellbeing.
“I’m having a wonderful time here and there is nothing that I don’t like.” Gijs van Suijlichem in our South African program
At the same time you will get to experience the amazing life in the African bush, and make friends you will remember forever – some furry and some a little less so.
Learn more about South Africa Animal Conservation Projects
Read more about wildlife volunteering in South Africa: