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Elderly Care

Affordable Elderly Care Volunteer Abroad Projects

Are you looking for opportunities to volunteer with elderly people to provide companionship and operational support within elderly care centres abroad?

IVHQ’s affordable Elderly Care volunteer projects are well suited to caring and patient volunteers who are comfortable assisting with a range of duties within elderly care centres. In many of our project locations, the responsibility of caring for the elderly is often left to social services if families cannot provide adequate support to their elders, and the support of international volunteers within these centres is greatly appreciated. Volunteer work varies by location but can include recreation and stimulation, feeding, physical therapy, as well as help with cleaning and maintaining facilities.

In addition to the operational support, the friendship, cross-cultural sharing, and mental stimulation that international volunteers provide is invaluable in supporting their overall health and wellbeing of the elders.

You can choose to volunteer for durations ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks and you don’t need any specific qualifications or experience to participate on an Elderly Care project. If you’re a qualified or training healthcare practitioner, these projects welcome those seeking healthcare or physiotherapy volunteer opportunities abroad.

Learn more about our opportunities for volunteering with the elderly available in the destinations below.

Volunteer Project Review by Diane Newman

My husband and I had a great volunteer experience at our Elderly Care placement in Livingstone. It was very challenging as these are individuals who don't have any family to care for them and have very little means. The staff and elderly people warmed up to us quickly and even though we learned a handful of Nyanja, communication was not an issue. We shared many laughs and a few tears. We will miss the smiles and characters and hope to return some day. Our advice would be to future volunteers to keep an open mind and your heart will be filled to the brim before you leave.

Nationality: Canadian
Age: 39
Destination: Zambia

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
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Pay the Registration Fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
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