A senior volunteer abroad helps to count bird species during a census at our Conservation Project in Madagascar.

Volunteering Abroad for Older Adults and Seniors

Travel individually, or with a group your age, and become part of our ongoing efforts to support communities overseas

Millennials aren’t the only ones challenging themselves to explore the world and do something different. A rapidly growing number of older people and seniors are seizing the opportunity to travel and make a difference. You can become a valuable resource overseas, bringing a wealth of skills, life experience, knowledge with you to our programmes.

As an older volunteer abroad, you can join one of our Flexi Trips, where you’ll work more independently, but still have the support of our staff. Our projects run all year round, no matter how many volunteers we have. Whatever option you choose, you'll become part of long-term, sustainable efforts. You won't be part of a quick fix.

If you don’t feel that our Flexi Trips are right for you, and you’d prefer short-term overseas voluntary work for over 50s with a group, we strongly recommend our Grown-up Specials. You’ll be with a group your age and work together to accomplish a goal in a short period of time.

You’ll be fully immersed in the local culture, living with a host family or in comfortable accommodation, and working directly with local people. Throughout your time with us, we’ll be there to provide 24/7 support when you need it, and ensure you have a hassle-free experience

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A Projects Abroad Medicine intern listens as a doctor explains the results of an x-ray at a hospital in Vietnam.

From INR146,500

Medical Internships in Vietnam
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Gain medical work experience by learning directly from skilled doctors in a hospital department of your choice

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad volunteers in Thailand do outdoor activities with children at a kindergarten in Thailand.

From INR136,500

Volunteer with Children in Thailand
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Work with children and support early childhood development in disadvantaged care centres

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
A group of children with Projects Abroad Childcare volunteers outside a kindergarten in Sri Lanka.

From INR107,000

Volunteer with Children in Sri Lanka
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Support early childhood development in disadvantaged care centres while experiencing life in Sri Lanka

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad interns at their business placement in Sri Lanka.

From INR170,500

Business Internship in Sri Lanka
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Prepare for your future career in business and gain practical work experience in vibrant Colombo

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 4 weeks
A volunteer gains micro-finance work experience in Cambodia by helping with small business loans

From INR119,500

Micro-finance Internship in Cambodia
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Empower entrepreneurs from disadvantaged areas to build their businesses and earn a sustainable income

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A picture of a volunteer watching a giraffe whilst on one of our wildlife conservation volunteer opportunities in Kenya.

From INR157,000

Giraffe & Lion Conservation in Kenya
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Live in the Kenyan wilderness and join our efforts to protect the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and other African wildlife

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A group of sharks pictured by Projects Abroad volunteers whilst diving on their Shark Conservation volunteering project in Fiji.

From INR221,500

Shark Conservation Volunteering in Fiji
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Dive in the stunning waters of the South Pacific and play a vital role in shark conservation efforts

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
A child brushes her teeth outside a school during a hygiene workshop run by Projects Abroad Dentistry interns in Nepal.

From INR106,500

Dentistry Internship in Nepal
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Gain work experience by learning directly from experienced dentists in Nepal and participating in dental outreaches

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad male intern waits to examine patients at a medical outreach in Kenya.

From INR129,500

Medical Internship in Kenya
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Gain medical work experience by learning directly from doctors and doing health checks during outreaches

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
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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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What can I do as an older volunteer abroad?

We’re here to help you find a project that’s the best fit for your skill set, passions, or motivation for going overseas.

If you’re a qualified volunteer interested in using your skills to help, we have plenty of programmes that would benefit from your expertise and experience. We have Flexi Trip opportunities available for:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Physiotherapists
  • Dentists
  • Lawyers, attorneys, advocates, and human rights professionals
  • Vets
  • Business professionals and consultants

If you’re looking to travel and do something different with a group of people your age, take a look at our Grown-up Specials.

On a Grown-up Special, you can travel to the Galapagos Islands and work alongside passionate conservationists at the national park. Or, if you’re looking to add a more cultural twist to your travels, go to Cambodia and learn about Khmer culture, traditions, and history. You’ll do things like make puppets, learn to cook local meals, and visit museums. You can also travel to Nepal and help children learn the skills they need to thrive at school.  

We believe that volunteering overseas isn’t just for young people. It’s for anyone who wants to use their time and energy to give back to those in need on a project that’s actively making a difference. Learn more about the impact you can have by volunteering with us.  

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

Is volunteering abroad as an older adult right for me?

At Projects Abroad, we don’t believe that age should hold you back from becoming a volunteer overseas. Whether you’re over 50, 60, or 70, you can use your skills and experience to help where it’s needed most. And we can help you pick the project that plays to your strengths or takes you where you want to go.

We have numerous opportunities where you can use your skills to help or realise your potential in a completely new field. It’s a great way to get involved and you’ll know that you’re helping to create positive change in the world through the impact we make.   

You don’t need previous experience to join most of our projects, unless you’re looking to volunteer and use your professional skills specifically. We’ll teach you everything you need to know, and you’ll have the support of local colleagues at your placement.

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.

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