retiree volunteers

More Retirees Are Volunteering Around the World

“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” ~ Betty Friedan

More and more older Americans are feeling the call to give back to others and are finding themselves traveling across the world to volunteer their unique skills. Their wisdom, empathy and extensive experience are highly desired qualities in all types of volunteer work.

Overseas communities are especially eager to host older volunteers, as they tend to bring professional and specialized skills that are unavailable in the local labor markets. In fact, host countries consistently ask for older workers who have greater experience and skills to offer. A new study shows that in less than a decade, there has been a 60 percent increase in the number of seniors heading overseas to volunteer.

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