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Volunteer Programs For Grown Ups

Volunteer programs for grown ups

If you’re looking for your next challenge in life, then volunteering overseas in a foreign environment is a great place to start, and often not as daunting as you might first expect! IVHQ had over 2000 volunteers aged over 30 join our programs in 2016 alone, all with their own unique skills and knowledge. So instead of asking yourself, am I too old to volunteer? Ask yourself which destination you’d like to volunteer in most! Here you will find a helpful guide that answers the top questions we get from grown up volunteers.

Volunteer programs for grown ups

What are the requirements for volunteering with IVHQ?

IVHQ offers volunteer programs in over 35 destinations, across 250 projects for individuals and groups who have the skills and desire to help foreign communities in need. Before volunteers can take part in a program they must meet a few basic requirements:

  • Aged 18 years or older (Under 18s can travel with a guardian)
  • Ability to provide a criminal background check
  • Secure adequate travel insurance
  • Make payment of both your registration and program fees

Once these requirements have been meet, your skills and experience are the most important factor in being accepted on the program, which will be further detailed in your planning stages.

Volunteer programs for grown ups

How do I find the right program/project for me?

When it comes to planning a volunteer trip, no matter your age, it’s an extremely personal decision. Only you know where you’d like to be placed! For you the accommodation might be an important part of your consideration, or maybe you want to be located in a rural setting, or on a specific project. There is a lot to think about but the more time you put into researching the available destinations, the more informed your decision will be. This means when it comes time to pack your bags, you can set off knowing what you’ve signed up for and that a life-changing experience awaits you!

An important consideration is whether you have any specific skills that you can contribute. Some volunteer projects are skills-based while others don’t require any specialized skills or previous experience. Let your personal situation, your career or life experience and skill-set influence your decision. Matching your skills with a certain project type will dictate where you can volunteer, as each destination offers a unique set of projects. You will quickly find that some destinations jump out at you more than others. Therefore our recommendation is to research the countries you’d like to visit and ask yourself questions such as: Do I want to know more about the country’s culture? Can I see myself immersed in their way of life? Are there nearby touristic sights that I want to explore?

IVHQ offers projects in Childcare, Teaching, Sports, Art and Music, Medical and Health, Wildlife and Animal Care, Environment and Conservation, Construction and Renovation, NGO support, Community Development, Elderly Care and Special Needs Care.

Volunteer programs for grown ups

Who will join me on my program?

IVHQ programs attract a broad range of volunteers from all walks of life, although a majority of these volunteers are young adults, there is a growing number of mature volunteers taking part on our programs. With volunteers traveling abroad year-round on a range of programs, it’s hard to predict who exactly will be taking part on your selected program. Depending on the destination you select, you can expect to be in the company of 5 - 15 like minded volunteers, which fosters an environment enjoyed by all ages.

Volunteer programs for grown ups

What’s my accommodation going to be like?

At IVHQ we work with our local teams to provide the fairest priced accommodation possible, which is provided in a mix of dormitory style living and homestays. Depending on the destination you select, there is accommodation upgrades available and our dedicated program managers will be happy to assist you with securing this arrangement where possible.

Volunteer programs for grown ups

Romania

This program is ideal for someone who has come from a teaching background, as a majority of the projects follow a set structure and those with prior teaching experience will fit in seamlessly. If a journey into unique beauty is on your must do list then our Romania program will have surprises around every corner for you. With historic castles, churches and villages boarded by luscious hills you will be excused for thinking you’ve taken a step back in time. Volunteers on these projects work to supplement the existing support networks in place and there is a constant need for volunteers, especially working with disadvantaged youths. Living with a local family you will quickly feel immersed in the culture, with endless opportunities to explore Romania during your stay, you will not leave disappointed.

Projects:
Childcare
After School Support
Teaching
Agriculture
NGO Support
Special Needs Care

When?
Volunteer programs start on the first and third Monday of the month.

Where?
Volunteer placements are located in the town, Miercurea Ciuc, Harghita which lies in the Székely Land, an ethno-cultural region in eastern Transylvania, and is situated in the Olt River valley.

Accommodation?
Volunteers are accommodated in either a dormitory style volunteer apartment or homestay, in both rural or urban locations within the Harghita area.

How Much?
Volunteer program fees range from US$335 (1 week) to US$3505 (24 weeks).

Volunteer programs for grown ups

Morocco

Morocco offers projects that positively impact the social standing of its people, a real highlight is the Sports Development project, which allows volunteers to introduce new sports and teach existing favorites such as, rugby, basketball, handball, volleyball, soccer and athletics. It’s also a great way to integrate with the local youths in the community. This north African country is a unique blend of European, Arabian and Berber heritage. Giving Morocco a unique culture and feel from their African neighbors. Boarded by the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, you will find a true oasis in the desert. With the Atlas mountains and Sahara desert as national icons, it’s truly a country made for discovery.

Projects:
Childcare
Teaching English
Teaching French
Women’s Education
Sports Development
Ramadan Program

When?
Volunteer programs start on the first and third Monday of every month.

Where?
Volunteer placements are located in the Moroccan capital of Rabat and surrounding towns and rural villages.

Accommodation?
Volunteers are accommodated in a home stay where they will live with a local family and other volunteers.

How much?
Volunteer program fees range from US$310 (1 week) to US$3500 (24 weeks).

Volunteer programs for grown ups

Argentina

With a wide range of projects on offer, our Argentina program is suited to those from all backgrounds. Having adequate life experience will hold you in good stead for the projects, and having an understanding of Spanish can also greatly enhance your experience. The country of Argentina is vast and one that encompasses Andes mountains, glacial lakes and Pampas grassland. These contrasts provide a surprising package and it’s often not what people expect when they initially think of Argentina. With a heavy European influence (Spanish and Italian) Argentina still holds its own unique culture and feel.

Projects:
Childcare
Teaching/Education
Healthcare
Construction and Renovation
Sports
Community
Elderly Care
Special Needs Care

When?
Volunteer programs start every Monday.

Where?
Volunteer placements are located in the center of Cordoba Province in the town of Villa Allende.

Accommodation?
Volunteers are typically accommodated in volunteer house in Villa Allende, although home-stay accommodation may at times be assigned by the staff in Argentina, depending on volunteer numbers. There is an accommodation upgrade available for volunteers wishing to have more privacy or to experience an Argentinian home-stay.

How much?
Volunteer program fees range from US$325 (1 week) to US$2015 (12 weeks).

Volunteer programs for grown ups

New Zealand

If you have a love of nature and caring for the environment, then our New Zealand program is perfect for you. This island nation is home to breathtaking landscapes, laid back people and most importantly, some of the best environmental projects on offer! Unlike other urban centers, Auckland offers the unique ability to be in the heart of CBD hustle and bustle and then 20mins later be located at a quiet park or beach. This flexibility has been popular with volunteers looking for the best of both worlds. During your volunteer experience you will be working with the local team to enhance their conservation efforts and follow on the efforts from past volunteers. If you’re looking for a program that provides a familiar urban setting, whilst still providing a scenic adventure then New Zealand is the program for you.

Projects:
Coast and Waterway Conservation NGO Support

When?
Volunteer programs start on the first and third Monday of the month.

Where?
The IVHQ New Zealand Program is located in Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand. Volunteer placements are located throughout the wider city area of Auckland.

Accommodation?
Volunteers are accommodated in a dormitory style hostel in Britomart, a trendy, centrally-located area of Auckland.

How much?
Volunteer program fees range from US$885 (2 weeks) to US$5025 (12 weeks).

Volunteer programs for grown ups

Nepal

Those with a can do attitude and a spirit for adventure will be right at home on the Nepal program, with continued work needed on earthquake restoration and community projects that need support, there is something for everyone. Let the adventurer in you run wild as you visit the truly spectacular Nepal. World famous for Mount Everest, Nepal is a country of rich history, culture and adrenaline filled adventures. After the 2015 earthquakes Nepal entered a phase of rebuilding and is now slowly beginning to flourish again. Whether your motivations are to continue this restoration or spread knowledge to the children, you will be welcomed with open arms and quickly feel at home in your new environment. The local home stays provide a first hand experience in Nepalese style living and you will quickly fall in love with what the country has to offer.

Projects:
Childcare – Kathmandu
Childcare - Pokhara
Teaching English
Medical Elective
Construction and Renovation

When?
Volunteer programs begin on the first and third Monday of every month.

Where?
Volunteer placements located in three main areas within Nepal - Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara.

Accommodation?
On arrival in Nepal, volunteers are accommodated in a guesthouse in Kathmandu for the 3-day duration of orientation. Volunteers are then accommodated together in homestays run by local host families, who have been approved by our program staff.

How much?
Volunteer program fees range from US$250 (1 week) to US$1350 (12 weeks).

So what are you waiting for?

The biggest regret we hear from grown up gap year volunteers is, I wish I just applied earlier. So leave your worries behind and don’t forget, we’re here to help you every step of the way on your volunteer journey!

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