Volunteering Abroad In Retirement


Pod offers fully supported placements around the globe and we will help you through the process every step of the way

Are you retired and looking to take a more meaningful holiday?

Now that you are retired, you may have more time on your hands and it is the perfect opportunity for you to volunteer your time by do something worthwhile and contributing to the ongoing development of our projects. We offer placements for retired and older individuals, couples, families and friends.

Why should you consider volunteering when you are retired?

There are so many reasons why having a volunteer experience later in life is a good idea and why mature volunteers can make for some of the best candidates. Older volunteers tend not to take the decision to travel and volunteer lightly and have often put a lot of thought into what and where they want to go. Older volunteers are more likely to have more experience and skills to contribute to the community and project where they decide to volunteer.

You may have experience with your own animals or volunteering at home which will have helped you to gain valuable skills for your chosen project. You may be a retired teacher or experience with children which will bring you a wealth of experience specific for our Child Care and Teaching volunteering placements. You may have already travelled extensively so know what to expect in foreign countries or have project specific skills meaning that you can offer meaning you can contribute to making a significant difference in one of our Pod volunteer projects.

Volunteering is a great way to give back whilst having an incredible new experiences of your own. Our projects will benefit hugely from having experienced mature volunteers.

How does Pod select projects for older volunteers?

We have a range of volunteer projects which include building, teaching, conservation, community development and childcare in many countries around the world. We can organise volunteer placements for retired volunteers from one week up to 6 months. We have had many 50+ volunteers join up with Pod who have had a fantastic, unforgettable experience and who have truly made a positive impact to the placements they were working with.

You can give something back, whilst experiencing something new and exciting yourself travel somewhere exotic…why should the youngsters have all the fun?!

Read Marion’s Story

Marion volunteered in Nepal with Pod for 6 weeks on our teaching and child care placement.

“As an older volunteer who had teaching experience, I definitely found the teaching and relationships I made with the staff and children the most rewarding aspect of this placement. I had a fabulous time and did not feel too old at 62 to make the most of what Pokhara has to offer even though I did not go trekking, para gliding, Zip flying or take undue advantage of the numerous bars and restaurants!

What did you find most rewarding? I found working with the children the most rewarding. They are eager to learn, happy and enthusiastic and teaching them was an absolute joy and pleasure. It was hard not to become too attached as they are naturally a beautiful people with an engaging innocence you rarely see in the West.

What did you find most challenging? I suppose initially it was the lack of electricity and hot water but after a while I just got used to it and decided we are ’ over clean’ in Europe!!

Why do you think others should volunteer abroad? For a young person who has only lived in the West, this type of experience can only make you a better person. It gives you an invaluable insight into another culture and hopefully makes you reflect on our devotion to consumerism and technology.

Why did you choose Pod? I chose Pod because the company was recommended to me by a friend who had volunteered in Thailand. She said how much she enjoyed the programme and how safe she felt. I think the word ‘safe’ is an important one. It doesn’t matter how wonderful the placement may sound, if you don’t feel safe it can be a disaster for all concerned.

Would you recommend Pod to your friends? Yes. Chrissy and Phil were very attentive, professional and helpful throughout my entire placement and Pod should be very proud of them."


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