Let’s start by defining what we mean by an over 50s volunteering vacation. This is not a trip exclusively for people who have passed their 50th birthday. It’s not a ‘soft option’ either, or a watered-down version of the volunteering that strapping 18 year olds on gap years do. It’s simply a volunteering vacation that might suit someone who is a little older, but also a little wiser, too, playing to their strengths while respecting their limitations (if they have any, that is).
Anyone is welcome on an over 50s volunteering trip, from young conservationists still in primary school, to septuagenarians still in their prime.
So, if your kids have flown the nest and it’s your time to shine, if you’re on a career break, retired or just looking for an alternative adventure, volunteering could be for you. Whether you are passionate about animals and conservation, or keen to give a helping hand to underprivileged children, there are amazing opportunities whatever your age. You’ll be making a genuine contribution, immersing yourself in a different culture, learning new skills and forming fun and often long lasting friendships. Find out more in our over 50s volunteering vacations guide.