International Volunteering and Travel Opportunities for Persons Over 50 Years of age.

Whether you have volunteered internationally in the past or are planning your first volunteer trip, this website provides the basic information you can use to identify and carry-out your quest.

Odessa, Ukraine

About me

In 1991 I joined the Peace Corps. My Peace Corps service in Guatemala in 1991-92 led to work as a United Nations Volunteer in the first elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the Bosnian War. I have since worked elections in 12 other countries.

A particular highlight of my international work was managing camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in 2002 in Herat, Afghanistan. Development work in Kandahar, Afghanistan also stands out. I have traveled to 58 countries in total.

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Featured Programs

Global Routes Teaching
Africa

Global Routes

Global Routes is a pioneer in the world of value-driven, experiential-based, international programming. We believe that an authentic, fun and ...
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Asia

Peace Brigades International

Peace Brigades International works to establish justice and peace in the world through nonviolent action. To do this we send unarmed international peace teams, when ...
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Africa

Xperitas

Xperitas was born from Global Citizens Network and Intercultural Student Experiences. Xperitas recognizes the interdependence of people around the world, ...
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Africa

Financial Services Volunteer Corps (FSVC)

The Financial Services Volunteer Corps (FSVC) is a not-for-profit, private-public partnership whose mission is to help build sound banking and ...
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Afghanistan

Global Exchange

Global Exchange is a membership-based international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world. ...
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Africa

African Impact

African Impact is a multi-award winning volunteer travel organisation offering responsible interactive volunteer projects in over 12 countries across Africa, ...
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Africa

Mercy Ships

Mercy Ships is a global charity that has operated hospital ships in developing nations since 1978. Mercy Ships brings hope ...
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Africa

Mission Doctors Association

Founded by Msgr. Anthony Brouwers in 1959, Mission Doctors Association is the only program in the United States exclusively dedicated ...
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