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

Volunteer Travel Opportunities for Seniors

Use your life experience, time, and skills to support communities in need or the environment in developing countries

Do something different and and seize the opportunity to travel with purpose. With Projects Abroad, you can use your time, energy and skills to make a difference as an older volunteer.

You’ll work with us towards long-term, sustainable goals, no matter which project you join. You won’t be part of a quick fix. All of our projects are monitored to ensure we’re having the best possible impact on the people we work with. We do this through our management plans and our Global Impact Database

It’s the perfect setting to share your skills and life-experiences. Whatever project you do, you’ll have the opportunity to give back, and discover what you’re truly capable of.

By taking part in our volunteer travel opportunities for seniors, you’ll also be able to explore in your free time. Wander local markets, taste the cuisine, or chat with global volunteers at a cafe. You’ll also be fully immersed in the local community, living with a host family or in pre-arranged accommodation.

With us, volunteering overseas for seniors is simple because we provide a hassle-free experience. We also have passionate in-country staff available 24/7, ready to help you each step of the way. 

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This picture shows two male cheetahs focused but resting in the shade and was taken on one of our wildlife conservation volunteer opportunities in Botswana.
Africa’s Big 5 and Wilderness Conservation in Botswana
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From $3,570 CAD
A picture of a volunteer watching a giraffe whilst on one of our wildlife conservation volunteer opportunities in Kenya.
Giraffe & Lion Conservation in Kenya
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From $3,295 CAD
A large lemur balancing on a pole in the rainforest spotted by volunteers during their rainforest conservation volunteering in Madagascar with Projects Abroad.
Lemur Research and Protection in Madagascar
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From $3,570 CAD
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How can I make a difference on a volunteer opportunity abroad for seniors?

As an older volunteer abroad, we have a number of opportunities for you to get involved in.

You can travel on a Flexi Trip and choose your own start and end dates. These projects give you more flexibility and independence at your placement.

On a Grown-up Special, you’ll work alongside a group of volunteers of a similar age. Together, you’ll work towards a specific goal. These projects have fixed dates during the year. All of your tasks are guided by an itinerary. Your group will also have chance to explore during free time, and we’ll take you on a pre-planned weekend trip. 

Some of the activities you can do on a project with us include:

  • Work with children and help them learn critical early childhood development skills on a Childcare Project.
  • Help build schools, toilets, or playgrounds on a Building Project. This is a great way to get your hands dirty and see tangible results in a short time.
  • Help with conservation efforts at a Conservation Project, like animal rehabilitation in the Amazon Rainforest or reforestation in the Galapagos Islands. 

If you’re a qualified volunteer interested in using your skills and qualifications to help, we have opportunities available for:

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

You can look at any one of our Flexi Trips to see if it’s a good fit for professionals. Our project pages will state clearly if we can accommodate professional volunteers at the placement.

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

The support you can expect from us

With Projects Abroad, you'll have the support of our staff from the moment you apply, till you arrive back home after your project. We’re dedicated to giving you a hassle-free experience. We’ll support you with:


  • Visa advice
  • The arrangement of your accommodation
  • The organization of your placement
  • Airport pick-ups
  • Ground transportation to and from your placement
  • Flight bookings


If you have any questions about volunteer work abroad for over 60s and the support we offer, you can chat to our Project Experts directly. 

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