Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Caring Causes: Projects Abroad Short-Term Opportunities for Professionals and Retirees

What can you do toward the end of your career? How can you use the experience and skills built over your career to impact the lives of others? How can you make a difference before and after your retirement? For many established professionals and retirees, a short-term volunteer program in a developing country could be the answer – and it is never too late to start giving back.

Throughout the fall, international volunteer organization Projects Abroad is offering a range of meaningful group volunteer trips across the developing world geared toward older professionals and retirees. These projects work well as career breaks and vacations and are suitable for everyone, including less-experienced travelers. 

Although millenials make up the majority of volunteers traveling with Projects Abroad, there are increasing numbers of career breakers and retirees realizing the value of what they can do for others.
From September through to November this year, volunteers can participate on programs in Jamaica, Peru, South Africa, Nepal, and the Philippines, giving local communities the benefit of their time and energy on Care & Community and Disaster Relief programs. Projects Abroad provides volunteers with everything they could need: accommodation, a structured project, meals, staff support, and comprehensive insurance. In addition, the organization gives visa advice and can also organize flight itineraries if needed.
To learn more about our short-term volunteer projects for established professionals and retirees, please visit www.projects-abroad.org/volunteer-projects/grown-up-specials.

Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. The program had its genesis in post-USSR Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.
Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 29 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.
For details on volunteering abroad, visit Projects Abroad’s web site at www.projects-abroad.org

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