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E. Johnson ~ Haiti 2011
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Volunteers For Peace has projects for older volunteers too!
While the history of international voluntary service and many projects in Europe have been focused on opportunities for younger volunteers, there has been a recent shift towards multi-generational projects, available to people of all ages. There is a desire among older volunteers to travel with purpose, serving and engaging with communities around the world. Complementing this is a great need among many communities in developing countries for more experienced volunteers. Older volunteers add important diversity to projects, bringing with them years of professional and personal life experience, and greatly enriching the experiences of other volunteers and communities they serve.
"You don't have to be in your twenties to volunteer in the Galapagos! In October 2011, I took a three-week break from my job as a senior attorney in the Vermont Attorney General's Office and arranged, through Volunteers for Peace, to do giant land tortoise habitat restoration on San Cristobal Island. With five other volunteers from around the world--all wonderful young people. I wielded a machete and hoe during the week, and snorkeled with sea turtles and sea lions on the weekends. The experience was fantastic." E.Burg ~ San Cristobal Island 2011
“I'm not sure one can really prepare for the culture shock of living in the USA (Colorado), and suddenly being immersed in a small village in Kenya, Africa. It becomes a reality very quickly when you have no electricity, no running water, no toilets, no bed, only a hard floor to sleep on and your new family consists of about 21 strangers representing 9 different countries and you are the only American. You also realize that this is your new family and you will come to depend, trust, and care about them very quickly and we truly are our brothers keepers. Did I mention that I was 52 and most everyone else was 18-25 years old, which in the end turned out to be great. I was able to interact with everyone and learned so much about each individual and their culture, especially the education system in each person's country. That in itself was such a wonderful and valuable experience for me." B.Fox ~ Kenya 2011
“I truly didn't know what kind of people would be around me when I registered to volunteer. I didn't know what they would think of me--an American female who was 64. But I've never been around so many kind, helpful, generous people, both on site and in transit from St. Petersburg. I had wanted to be an ambassador for America, hoping they would be receptive. They were the ambassadors, helping whomever needed help, offering friendship and asking nothing in return. I will remember this trip forever; it is one of the highlights of my life." P. Thomas ~ Russia 2011