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 group of students built a toilet block as part of their building volunteer work in Ghana
Building Volunteer Work in Ghana

From $3045 NZD

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Get your hands dirty and assist with hands-on construction work while volunteering in Ghana

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A team from Projects Abroad take part in construction volunteering in Jamaica to build playhouse for local school
Building Volunteer Work in Jamaica

From $4115 NZD

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Use your hands to make a difference and build important infrastructure in disadvantaged communities

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Volunteers in Nepal dig up sand for cement to help rebuild schools as part of their construction volunteer project.
Building Volunteer Work in Nepal

From $2770 NZD

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Travel to Asia and help rebuild and repair classrooms damaged by earthquakes.

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteer helps to build a wall during her construction volunteer work in Tanzania
Building Volunteer Work in Tanzania

From $3840 NZD

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Build classrooms and other school buildings for children in a Maasai community

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad volunteers take part in building volunteer work in the Phillippines to help construct water sanitation building
Building Volunteer Work in the Philippines

From $3370 NZD

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Get your hands dirty helping to improve sanitation facilities for families in the Philippines

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A group of Business Interns pose for a group photo infront of a reception desk at a law office in China.
Business Internship in China

From $5330 NZD

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Gain practical work experience while learning from business professionals in a rapidly developing economy

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 4 weeks
Female Business staff stand in a line with Projects Abroad interns on their Businnes Work Placement in Mexico.
Business Internship in Mexico

From $4780 NZD

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Work at a consulting firm in Guadalajara and gain invaluable business experience to boost your CV

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 4 weeks
Business Interns pose for a photo with staff at a local bank in Mongolia.
Business Internship in Mongolia

From $4230 NZD

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Gain practical work experience and learn from professionals at a company in Ulaanbaatar

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 4 weeks
Projects Abroad interns at their business placement in Sri Lanka.
Business Internship in Sri Lanka

From $7390 NZD

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

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.  

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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