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Best Volunteer Abroad Programs for Older Adults

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.

Karen's Volunteer trip to India

Karen’s Volunteer Trip to India: Friendly People, Solid Organisation, Unique Experience!

When Karen from Norway planned her volunteer trip to India about six months ago, she wanted to travel together with her elder son. While discussing the project, both agreed, that ...
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Claire: Women Empowerment in Jaipur

Interview with Claire: Women Empowerment in Jaipur

Claire came with Iko Poran to Jaipur, to work with a women empowerment project. She felt, she could offer something special for women who are illiterate and who have almost ...
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Nadir Oliveira volunteering in Tanzanina on Childcare

Nadir from Brazil enjoyed playing with the children at “The Orphanage” in Tanzania

Nadir Oliveira from Brazil has volunteered with the children of “The Orphanage” in Arusha, Tanzania and shares her beautiful experience: I’m from Brazil. I’ve had three unforgettable weeks working as ...
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Volunteering Program in Arusha Tanzania

Volunteering Program in Arusha Tanzania

I personaly taught English, Math, Music and dances, in several grades (2 to 7th) I had a very good relations with all the school personel and the kids. The satisfaction ...
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The Ratner family finishes the construction of a water fountain in Uganda

Building a Water Well and Pit Latrine in Uganda – Ratner Family from Israel

The Ratner family finishes the construction of a water well and pit latrine in Uganda. Thank you very much!! People like you make us believe that another world is possible!! ...
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Ephrat from Ethiopia bought training jackets and a new ball for the football school

Ephrat Fisseha, from Ethiopia, bought training jackets and a new ball for the football school at her Child Development project.
Thank you very much Ephrat!! Our world is a better place, because of people like you

Ephrat and the boys at the football school

Ephrat and the boys at the football school

Feel inspired to volunteer in Brazil?

Learn more about football volunteering and child development in Brazil on our Homepage, where you also will find a link to sign up.

Find out more about volunteer work in Brazil.

If you are into sports, you may also visit our page about football coaching abroad, where you can find projects in Argentina, Uganda and Ghana.

More sports volunteer experiences in Brazil

Volunteer on Capoeira in Brazil

Volunteer on Capoeira in Brazil

Learn Capoeira in the Sports Development Project in Brazil Volunteering in Brazil on our sports program in Rio de Janeiro ...
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Football Coahcing - Sports Develpment Programme in Rio

Football Coaching in Brazil – Rio de Janeiro – Feb 2017

Alfonso from Kingston University in London has been volunteering on football coaching in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, and enjoyed his ...
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Voluntour in Thailand this summer

Volunteer with Elephants in Surin and Enjoy Koh Phangan Island with the Voluntour Program!

With the Voluntour in Thailand program we offer you the best of the two worlds: combine the volunteer work with an unforgettable holiday in Thailand. With these volunteer vacations you will have fun, explore more of the country, make friends and live some unforgettable experiences.

Travel to Four Destinations in Thailand

Volunteer with Elephants in ThailandDuring four weeks you will travel to four destinations in Thailand. Upon arrival you will spend two nights in Bangkok exploring and taking in the lights of the city. Then, in the following two weeks you will work as a volunteer work at two different volunteer projects. The first volunteer experience will be caring for elephants in Surin, the second a construction project in Sanghklaburi. Finally, you will enjoy two weeks relaxing and partying with friends on a paradise island.

Meet the magnificent Elephants during the first week

Volunteer with Elephants in Surin

For the first week you will meet and work with the magnificent, gentle elephants living in the manhout village in Surin, immersing yourself in rural culture, taking part in centuries old traditions.

Find the program to volunteer with the elephants in Thailand on IKPVA’s Homepage.

Construction Volunteer Work in Sangkhlaburi

Then you will move on to Sangkhlaburi, working tirelessly and improving the lives of those less fortunate by providing much needed help with vital construction projects. On our homepage, you can find more projects for construction volunteering.

Enjoy Paradisiac Koh Phangan Island at the end of your stay

Finally, we think, you deserve a break on the island of Koh Phangan, a world famous party destination with some of the most beautiful beaches you can imagine! Your final two weeks will be spent with sand between your toes, soaking up the rays by day, and fire shows, delicious cocktails and good friends by night.

Voluntour in Thailand – Two weeks

Voluntour Thailand

Voluntour – Four weeks

Voluntour - Four Weeks

All transfers and accommodations are included.

Sign up for Voluntour Thailand

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Volunteering with Iko Poran – Review

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Football Coaching Volunteering Abroad

Football coaching is great opportunity for volunteers to motivate young boys (and sometimes, girls). As a volunteer, you will help them creating team spirit, developing discipline and creativity. A basic quality of football is its simplicity: in many coutries in the world you can see children kicking the ball. Therefore, the project can easily be implemented in many countries: Argentina, Brazil, Uganda, Tanzania and more.

Football Coaching: A Dream of Equal Chances for Erveryone Becoming True

In Brazil, for some children from a favela a dream becam true, when they finally made part of the national team. It is the dream of social mobility, that boys born in a Rio favela once can compete on a world cup. On the football field, erverybody has equal chances to win.

With the words of Afonso from London, a football coaching volunteer in Brazil:

Football Coahcing - Sports Develpment Programme in Rio

Alfonso Sports Develpment Programme in Rio

My favourite memories are the smiles on people’s faces when I bought football equipment and stationary with money raised by friends and work colleagues. I was able to raise £530 in two weeks and would highly recommend raising some money through a donation website, so you can go the extra mile with supporting the locals. – Afonso, Kingsto University, London

Reveal Hidden Qualities, Unite a Team – Volunteering Can be Good Fun

Football is an excellent way to reveal the hidden talents of the young boys, unite them in a team, and creating motivation. Find below some examples, of how the volunteers are hepling to coach the team of students at school.

Football Coaching in Brazil, Argentina, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda…

Ephrat bought new training jackets

Ephrat from Ethiopia bought training jackets and a new ball for the football school

Ephrat Fisseha, from Ethiopia, bought training jackets and a new ball for the football school at her Child Development project ...
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Football Coaching in Ghana

Volunteer with Football Coaching in Ghana

Go for a very special volunteer trip and volunteer with football coaching in Ghana. These boys  in Ghana kicking football ...
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Peter Campbell, from U.K., brought 20 football kits

Peter Campbell, from U.K., brought 20 football kits to promote a tournament at his sports project. Thank you very much ...
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Sports Coaching in Uganda

Volunteer on Sports Coaching in Uganda

Volunteer in Uganda in our football coaching volunteer project. Since sports have the powerful ability to draw people together, even ...
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Buenos Aires Sports Program

Buenos Aires: No better way to start your travels

As an 18 year old exploring the continent for the first time this was a great way to acclimatise to ...
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Monkey Volunteering Abroad: Save the Vervet Monkeys in South Africa

Rescue Orphaned Monkeys: Make part of the vervet monkeys animal conservation volunteer program in South Africa. We  need help with the integration of the foster moms of 23 little orphans back into the troops.

Volunteers wanted for Monkey's Wellbeing in South Africa

Volunteers wanted for Monkey’s Wellbeing in South Africa

Orphaned Vervet Monkeys from other places are given a loving home….

Volunteering protecting Vervet Monkeys in South Africa

Volunteering protecting Vervet Monkeys in South Africa

Join the family at this amazing primate sanctuary in South Africa. 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.

Care for Orphaned Vervet Monkeys in South Africa

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.

Gijs van Suijlichem volunteering with monkeys in South Africa

Gijs van Suijlichem volunteering with vervet monkeys in South Africa

“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 wildlife in the African bush, and make friends you will remember forever – some furry and some a little less so.

Highlights for Monkey Volunteering Abroad

  • You must be 18+ years old.
  • Working and living with Vervet Monkeys.
  • Enjoying the bush life of South Africa
  • Meeting amazing people from all over the world.

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Working with the Red Cross in Rio – Valuable experience

Volunteering with Iko Poran is definitely one of the most amazing experience I ever had. The organization gives you the freedom to help in your own ways.
Working with kids was certainly a challenge but the support of other volunteers and people in charge of the projects make everything so much easier.

Volunteering in a health project

I also volunteered in a health project where people from the communities work together to inform people about important health issues.
My overall experience was amazing, I enjoy every second of it and I learned so much about the culture. Definitely a experience that will change your life.

  • Ana Norleyne – University of Texas

Want to volunteer with the Red Cross in Rio?

Find the complete information about volunteering in Brazil, and proceed with your application. You may also have a look at our best medical internships in India, Thailand, Peru…

Find more volunteer experiences in Brazil below:

Frederikke Cronquist Denmark teaching English to Tour Guides

Tour guides in Rio learn English with Frederikke from Denmark

Volunteer Frederikke Cronquist from Denmark is teaching English for tour guides in Rio de Janeiro and teaching drawing techniques for ...
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Volunteering at a Samba School in Rio de Janeiro

Volunteering at a Samba School in Rio de Janeiro: Gary goes for Carnival

Gary Ward, from the UK, is volunteering at a Samba School in Rio de Janeiro. With the fellow Brazilian workers ...
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First Time Volunteer Experience in Rio de Janeiro

First Time Volunteer Experience in Colorful, Festive Rio de Janeiro

Giulia Russo Walti from Italy went for her first time volunteer experience to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: My experience in ...
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Argentina Child Care

Amelie König & Lissy von Treuenfels, from Germany, take some children to play outside in the Child Development program in Argentina.

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Environmental Program: Great Experience in Rio

I was in Rio de Janeiro for 4 weeks helping out in the Tijuca rainforest and at the community garden in a favela. I met so many different people from all over the world and as a result, I not only learned about Brazil but many other cultures. It’s a great way to get to know a city and have more of a local feel and the program itself is very reasonably priced. I would definitely consider coming back to Iko Poran for volunteering again.

  • Emily, University of Waterloo

Environmental Program: Community Garden in a Rio Favela

If you enjoy the outdoors consider volunteer in Brazil in our environment projects. From conservation projects to urban renewal, Iko Poran has partnerships with a number of NGOs and projects helping to protect Rio’s stunning landscape or growing vegetables and salads in community gardens to alleviate hunger or donate to local crèches.

 

Want to be a volunteer in Rio de Janeiro?

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What it’s like to be a volunteer in Rio

From my initial inquiry about to volunteer in Rio with Iko Poran, the local Coordinator was prompt and helpful. Upon my arrival in Rio and meeting the team, I always felt that I could call on them for assistance. They gave us these great tips and tour of our local area but then basically just let us get on with things.

A wonderful time in Rio

The most wonderful part of my time in Rio was working with the Jocum Mission in Borel. I was lucky to be able to participate in two projects; one being working with a women’s artisan group, where I taught basic English and helped to make artisan products with them. The other was working at a local creche in the room that cared for the 2 to 3 year olds providing stability, food and nurturing. The overall program director for Jocum is truly one of the kindest and most inspiring people I have ever met. She ensured that I was happy and safe at all times.

Working in a community — favela

The community (favela) itself was pretty much as I imagined, although I did initially feel a bit confronted by the poverty and lifestyle there, but you don’t go to volunteer in Rio in a community that is rich or with no issues. I knew that we (at Jocum) really made a difference in a community that really needed us. It made the experience truly worthwhile. To say that I was engaged with the community is an understatement. From elders to the little kids, they seemed to embrace me and treat me like I was part of the community. There were many tears on my final day with them, I miss them every day

Volunteer in Rio with the project staff
Volunteer in Rio with the project staff

Living in Santa Teresa

You will be living in Santa Teresa a gorgeous old suburb of Rio with a bohemian vibe and amazing views and awesome little bars and restaurants it was just a joy to spend time there every day. With my follow volunteers, we explored the city and made it our home. Rio de Janeiro one of THE most amazing cities in the world. It is all that you expect, fun, buzzy, beautiful, dangerous, exciting all rolled into one.

Living at the volunteer accommodation

Definitely one of the best things about the whole volunteering experience was the fact that I met so many amazing, funny, compassion and adventurous people whilst living at the volunteer accommodation. We came from different countries, cultures and backgrounds, yet we all had a special something in common. We all chose to volunteer in Rio and engage with a community, therefore we all seemed to bond so quickly. We helped and supported each other through our many adventures (including fab weekend trips to other parts of Rio De Janeiro like Paraty and Ilha Grande) and in the end I know I have made so many friends for life.

Experience – fun, challenging, confronting at time, and spectacular at others

Overall this experience was even better than I could have imagined. It was fun, challenging, confronting at times and spectacular at others. If I could give anyone a few tips about getting the most out of this experience is firstly try to have some basic knowledge of Portuguese (the more you know the quicker you will engage with the community and Cariocas), have an open mind and an open heart and, most of all, make the most of everyday and all the experiences that come along. This is one of the best experiences of my life.

Find out more about volunteer work in Rio de Janeiro

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