Over 50s Volunteering Abroad
Gone are the days where travelling was the preserve of the Gap Year student. Don’t let old-fashioned attitudes to age stop you making the most of your free time and take a look at our over 50s volunteering abroad opportunities.
You may be looking to escape the confines of the office or your career, to have a new experience, or develop some entirely different skills? By joining one of our over 50s volunteering abroad opportunities you can work on your Spanish speaking skills while volunteering in our South American destinations, or learn how to dive on one of our marine conservation projects. Alternatively, you could develop your love of photography by joining our wildlife photography project in the fabulous Greater Kruger region.
If you are making plans for retirement, there are hundreds of over 50s volunteering abroad opportunities all around the world. Now could be the time to share your wealth of knowledge, life experience and most importantly time, with those truly in need of your skills, love and support. Whether you want to work in the field you have experience in for example business or healthcare, or want to try something completely new and different we have projects to suit you.
From working alongside Young Mothers in Peru to supporting NGO development in Cambodia, there are a great range of over 50s volunteer abroad projects for you to choose from. Do something different as an older volunteer and make a tangible change to the lives of others with your time, compassion and vitality.
As long as you are fit enough to travel and participate in the project work, you will be able to apply to the majority of our over 50s volunteer abroad projects. Ask the team if you would like advice on projects that are most appropriate for your specific needs. We have many locations where we can arrange for you to have your own room, where the work is less physical or where you are more likely to meet other older volunteers, for example.
So don’t allow your age to become a barrier – join us on an over 50s volunteering abroad placement and start the next new and exciting phase of your life!
Check out this recording of a radio show hosted by Share Radio London, talking about the topic of “Travelling in retirement”. Our Kaya Director, Heilwig Jones joined a panel of other guests covering travel topics specific to older travellers.
Our over 50’s volunteer Projects
Participate in our 4-week Gap Year expedition: Thailand Culture and Service in 2022 and live your best cultural experience in Thailand!
Do a Gap Year or Solo Volunteer Conservation Project in Ecuador at a rescue center focused on rehabilitating wild animals from the jungle that were victims of abuse and animal trafficking.
Intern in for a local social enterprise promoting financial independence through indigenous traditions in Peru
Intern in a local school and gain some teaching experience in Peru
Learn about public sector and public administration in Ghana while interning for a public office.
Volunteer abroad on our specialised project and help to provide physical therapy to disabled children and young adults in Bolivia
Intern abroad on our specialised project and help to provide physical therapy to disabled children and young adults in Bolivia
Intern in a special education centre in Peru that supports children age 3 to 20 by providing them special education geared to their specific needs
Intern in a social centre that supports children and adolescents considered at-risk and help the NGO provide a safe and comfortable environment.
Spend time on Wildlife Research and Conservation volunteering in Zimbabwe and gain an incredible insight into research and conservation efforts taking place in the area.
Film, Photography and Community Volunteering in Nepal for those with creative and practical skills to share to empower women in a rural community
Girl and women empowerment volunteering in Zambia offers the opportunity to increase access to education, sport, livelihoods and more.
Volunteer in Cusco and support young mothers and their children in Peru.
Use your passion for elephants and observe them in their natural habitat and work on a project that is providing solutions to the elephant-human conflict.
There are numerous wonderful projects looking for the support of international volunteers to help with NGO and Community Development in Siem Reap.
Come and volunteer in Ghana to work with project whose mission is to provide access to books and to increase the reading skills of children and adults through the provision of a mobile literacy unit.
Volunteer within the social services on this counselling and social work project in Belize to help an understaffed centre support young people and women who are in need.
Volunteer on this turtle, sharks and marine research, conservation and education project on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador to protect habitats and species.
Support over-stretched teachers in classrooms and through interactive training sessions on this teaching and teacher development volunteering project in Belize.
Volunteer and use your creative skills on this integrated therapy project for children with disabilities and learning difficulties in Ecuador.
If you are interested in banking, accountancy or economics why not support poorer local people by joining this Microfinance volunteer placement in Peru.
Work in a young offenders rehabilitation centre in the Philippines and reach out to those who've had a troubled past and give them a chance at a new way of life.
Volunteer abroad on our specialised project and help to provide equine therapy to disabled children in South Africa.
Volunteer in South Africa on a research and conservation project in the greater Kruger area home to the Big 5; lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard, and more
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.