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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A volunteer working with children in Peru sits with a child in a classroom to help them with an activity.

From $2,295 CAD

Volunteer with Children in Peru
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Work with local teachers to support early childhood development at disadvantaged childcare centres

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteers interact with a child in Argentina during a community day at a local care centre.

From $2,520 CAD

Volunteer with Children in Argentina
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Live in vibrant Argentina and prepare children for school through general development and teaching them basic life skills

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Female volunteer working with children in Romania at a care centre for her Childcare Project.

From $3,415 CAD

Volunteer with Children in Romania
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Gain childcare experience and support early childhood development in disadvantaged care centres

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
An intern participates in health screenings as part of their medical work experience in Nepal.

From $1,970 CAD

Medical Internship in Nepal
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Gain invaluable medical experience while working alongside knowledgeable nurses and doctors in Nepal

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A student finishes an English exercise on the white board at a volunteer teaching placement in Peru.

From $2,290 CAD

Volunteer Teaching in Peru
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Work a at schools in Peru and help young students and teachers improve their English language skills

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad volunteer working with children in Mongolia helps a child draw around their hands during an educational acitivity.

From $2,520 CAD

Volunteer with Children in Mongolia
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Work with disadvantaged children in Ulaanbaatar and support early childhood development

  • 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 $4,690 CAD

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 legal aid clinic at our Law and Human Rights Placement in South Africa

From $3,740 CAD

Law and Human Rights Internship in South Africa
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Live and work in Cape Town and gain work experience while learning from lawyers and human rights professionals

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad volunteer working with children in Mexico cares for a baby at a care centre for children from working families.

From $2,745 CAD

Volunteering with Children in Mexico
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Work with children and support their care and education in kindergartens and daycare centres

  • 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 ready to answer your questions, big or small.

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

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.

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
  • Health and travel insurance up to the age of 65 (read more about insurance here)
  • 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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