Spring 2023 volunteering update

The Director of the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO),  has announced that the Covid 19 Global Health Emergency has ended. The disease hasn’t left us, and we need to be cautious, but the announcement will facilitate international travel and volunteering. The world certainly needs the help of humanitarian volunteers and workers.  Climate change, and war, … Read more

Planning Retirement Abroad

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Just when we thought we were seeing some light in the Covid 19 crisis along comes Omicron.  As I write, the Omicron threat is fading, vaccination rates have risen, and some countries are loosening their travel restrictions.  It will be a while before travel and international volunteering will return to its pre-Covid levels. That doesn’t … Read more

International Volunteer Sending Organizations Resuming Operations

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International volunteer sending organizations are resuming international operations and sending volunteers..  If you are interested in a volunteer assignment abroad, I strongly suggest you first choose the type of assignment you would like and the part of the world in which you would like to serve.  You can do this by visiting Volunteer Programs on our website.  … Read more

Effects of COVID-19 on Global Volunteering

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Times continue to be difficult for international volunteer organizations.  The Covid-19 variants are wreaking havoc in areas  that previously had the outbreak under control.  It is very difficult to plan and schedule volunteer assignments and trips.  Virtual international volunteering continues to be an important way for the volunteer to stay involved and to help.  Until … Read more

Planning for Renewed Global Travel

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Many of us are planning global travel later in the year.  For those of you who are considering an international trip, there is a list available of which countries have opened up, and which have not, Visit  World Nomads. All international volunteer sending organizations have been affected by coronavirus travel restrictions.  I suggest that when you contact … Read more

March 2021

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At the time of this writing, the number of Covid-19 cases world-wide is diminishing.  Parts of the world are beginning to open up to travelers.  However, it will be a while before one can plan an international volunteer trip.  To obtain the latest information on world travel and health conditions visit the Personal Health section of our … Read more

Fall 2020

6 ways to volunteer abroad

Hello All, Travel and international volunteering continue to be deeply affected by the prevalence of the Covid-19 corona virus in the world. I was personally affected recently when an international election observation mission in which I was going to participate was canceled due to the virus. However, there is a way we can stay involved … Read more

Spring 2020

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Hello All, In this time of Spring 2020, when coronavirus Covid-19 is ravaging the world, physical international volunteering has taken a pause. Many countries have closed their borders to international travelers or have imposed quarantine restrictions. I read this morning that the only continent in the world that the virus hasn’t reached is Antarctica. The … Read more

Over50andOverseas Volunteer Abroad Summer 2019 Newsletter

Hello, Summer is at our doorstep and so is the busiest time for international volunteering and voluntourism.  Many of you are either embarking upon or planning your international volunteer trip. I began my international volunteering early this year. I traveled to Ukraine in March and April to observe two rounds of the Ukrainian presidential election.  … Read more

Fall 2018 Newsletter

It has been a difficult year for many in the world’s population.  War, famine, political unrest and natural disasters have produced the largest number of refugees since World War II.  Because of this, many people need help. As you are reading this newsletter, you are interested in helping.  The key question is how to choose … Read more