A volunteering holiday for over 50s might not sound like the ideal getaway, but here at The Great Projects, we believe there’s a better way to travel. By joining one of our wildlife conservation projects, you could help to make a difference to the lives of endangered species across the globe while visiting some magnificent destinations in the meantime.
From tracking tigers in mystical India to observing orangutans in the Bornean rainforest, time spent volunteering doesn’t have to be considered ‘hard work’ – in fact, our projects can even be considered bucket-list items with a twist. Too many people think that adventure travel isn’t applicable to those of a certain age, but we believe that volunteering for over 50s is a viable way to see the world while leaving a positive impact. With us, you can help to aid the rehabilitation of big cats in Africa, come face-to-face with great white sharks, or help to release baby turtles in Costa Rica – no matter how you choose to get involved, you’ll soon discover the value of voluntary work abroad for over 50s, so why not send us a message today?
As mentioned above, your volunteer experience could involve any array of activities. But while you may have the chance to create enrichment for animals, helping them to improve on important survival skills, there may also be times in which you’re called upon to work on day-to-day tasks, such as enclosure cleaning and maintenance. All activities are equally as important and require a good work ethic, but no matter your ability level, you should still find this work enjoyable! (Please note: a moderate level of fitness will be a benefit, but if you need to request lighter work or to have a small break to rest up, your project coordinator will be happy to assist.)
The average of volunteers will vary from project to project: the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary, for example, is popular with the younger crowd, but the assistance of older volunteers is also appreciated. Conversely, our orangutan projects are well-loved by those aged 40 and upwards – but the younger members of the group always seem to love their pearls of wisdom! Age is just a number on our projects, and your group is likely to have a lot in common due to sharing the common ‘conservation’ thread – but if you’d like to know more about a certain project’s typical demographic, then please contact our travel team for more information.
The accommodation at each project does vary, from dorm rooms to twin-share to private spaces. However, you may find that your chosen project offers an upgrade to a more comfortable standard: the Sloth Conservation and Wildlife Experience, for example, offers its volunteers the ability to stay in a private cottage on-site. If you have a little extra money to spare and are interested in indulging in those creature comforts, simply speak to a member of our travel team and they’ll be happy to help. Finally, you can read more about your chosen project’s accommodation either on its respective project page or in the downloadable project guide.