Over 40s Volunteering

Volunteering for the over 40s, 50s & 60s

At Globalteer we get a much higher proportion of older volunteers than many organisations which is just great for us and our projects on so many levels. Most of all because the mix of people from different backgrounds and age groups means our volunteers have a huge range of skills and different life experiences to draw on which is of huge benefit to our projects. And of course the diversity of our volunteers makes the experience much richer for everyone. If you are interested in volunteering abroad for the over 40s, 50s & 60s then Globalteer is a great match for you! .

We often ask our older volunteers in particular why they choose to volunteer with us and mostly they tell us it’s because we are a registered charity and non-profit, and because we really look after you when you are actually volunteering.

Which Globalteer projects suit older volunteers?

If you interested in Volunteering Abroad for Older People then Globalteer is a great match for you as all our projects welcome the mature volunteer. None of our projects have an upper age limit. The most important thing for us is that you are able to carry out at least some, if not all of the tasks required of our volunteers. There is some flexibility with tasks at certain projects but we would recommend that you have a good level of fitness for any of our projects involving physical work in hot and humid climates. Read some of our accounts from older volunteers to see just how rewarding it can be to join our projects at any age!

Erika Oakley, 56, Colombia Community Project Volunteer

"The children were challenging at times but after ten weeks of trust and fun and at times tough love they gave us as much reward as we gave them. I loved working with the children - it was so rewarding and fulfilling and I knew I wanted to continue doing a meaningful job once I returned home. I now work for Mencap assisting people to live independently and I love it. Globalteer changed my life. I would never have thought about working with people of all ages with challenging behaviour and learning difficulties and now I feel fulfilled, challenged and wanted in my job."

Chas Noble, 60, Cambodia Elephant and Clean Water Volunteer

I would recommend volunteering through Globalteer to anyone - especially the older generation. I knew that I always had the support of a great group of people to help me with any unforeseen problems.
 
The other volunteers I met were like minded individuals of all ages and nationalities, sharing their stories of travelling and volunteering on the various projects. I especially remember the social evenings whether it was just going out for a meal or taking part in the local trivia quizzes.

To those who are in two minds I would just say "go for it" you will not regret the experience.

Sally Bateman, 56, Cambodia Community Volunteer

You hear people say that they have had life changing experiences. This was. At 56 and with my own children in their early 20’s I wondered if I would fit in, both at the school but also with the other volunteers. I needn’t have worried. The volunteers I met on my first day will, I hope, remain lifelong friends. No matter our ages, we were all sharing an experience that would change us and create amazing memories. There was a lot of laughter and, when it was time to say goodbye, many tears. 
 
You can’t help but be affected by the Cambodian people. They have so little but give so much. Their smiles and warmth, acceptance of their life and appreciation of even the smallest things are very humbling. But it was the children at the project that truly won my heart. My role in the school was to assist the teachers by working with the children on pronunciation and to allow them to hear English from a native speaker. I was also lucky enough to be able to prepare and deliver some very easy lessons – something I never expected to do but which I thoroughly enjoyed".
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