Volunteering for Over 50’s

Gap Years & Volunteering for the Over 50s

Incredible gap years for the over 50’s

Volunteering abroad is a rewarding and life changing experience at any age, and we offer a number of rewarding gap years for the over 50’s which are ideal for the over 50s. These include English teaching, medical and health volunteering, women’s empowerment, wildlife or marine conservation, arts volunteering, and even yoga and volunteer work combined. But unlike the big corporate companies, we don’t have a one size fits all program structure. We work with you to develop your perfect over 50’s gap year program.  We also understand that at any age, at any stage in life, every volunteer has his / her own personal needs and requirements, and so we’re flexible to ensure that we can accommodate any age group.

Global gap year experiences for the over 50’s

Our over 50s volunteering programs are designed to broaden your horizons, expand your mind and heart and create life-enhancing experiences. So, if you’re inspired by travelling around the world and doing great things to give back to communities as you set your own path, we invite you to join our friendly team across some of the most incredible and fascinating locations.

Our destinations include India, Nepal, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, South Africa, and the historic Peru. Our carefully selected program partners and hand-picked locations have all been tried and tested by our own team and strike the perfect balance between off the beaten path destinations and close proximity or easy access to tourist sites and cities. You’ll really be able to personalise your experience, creating the perfect over 50’s gap year experience for you.

In addition to our carefully curated programs and locations, we’ll take care of all the little details such as transfers and accommodation, daily meals, program excursions or cultural activities. For a little extra you can get single room and air conditioning upgrades.

Combine travel with volunteering for an amazing over 50s gap year

Our gap years for grown-ups are the ideal way to travel across the globe while experiencing a rewarding volunteering opportunity. For example, after volunteering in India you could visit the magical Taj Mahal, while in Peru you could visit the Inca city Machu Picchu or after volunteering with elephants in Thailand you could immerse yourself in fascinating Thai history by visiting renowned temples. A gap year combining travel and volunteering is the perfect way to experience the world!

If you’re looking for a new way to challenge yourself or you want to deepen connections with people from all around the world, we look forward to having you on board with one of our amazing over 50s volunteering projects. Most of our projects and travel options are suitable for all age groups. If there is any program or travel idea you may have please share this with us and we will do our best to ensure you get the most out of your volunteering abroad experience.

Bring your family 

If you want to bring your family along – children, grandchildren or friends you can do that in most of our locations. Check out our family volunteering options in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Peru, and South Africa.

Why be an over 50s volunteer?


Meaningful Travel

Life is short, so we believe that you should do travel that matters to you. Make the most out of your time, enhance your years of retirement and search for life’s deeper meaning.


Amazing Locations

We’ve handpicked some of the most spectacular destinations, including blissful beaches in Bali, cosmopolitan communes in South Africa and peaceful villages in Thailand.  


Broaden Horizons

Learning never stops no matter what age so come join us and take part in our volunteering projects and get involved in cultural classes and exciting local activities.


Do Your Bit

It’s never too late to give back and our over 50s programs allow you to do your bit helping others whilst travelling responsibly and ethically.




“There is some kind of magic that happens when you’re in India; the climate, the people, the warm welcome, the happiness in every person, the culture ‘“ it’s simply inspiring. On top of that; having a group of friendly, thoughtful organizers guiding me through the program made my time volunteering with Rainbow Voluntours one of the most memorable moments in my life.
If anyone reading this is considering becoming a volunteer, don’t hesitate, become a volunteer. It will be the most rewarding experience and adventure of your life. I assure you that you will have a vital impact on the community, the place and the children. Kerala was my destination. Safe, beautiful and very friendly. Just do it and have an adventure of your life!”

Harminder Athwal (from Canada) Volunteered in Dec 2015

Over 50s Volunteer Programs

Teaching English in Kerala, Southern India
Come join us in beautiful Kerala on India’s tropical Malabar Coast and teach English in local schools or community centres.

Volunteer in Kolkata, East India
Come join us in this historical city and former capital of the British Raj. Work with slum children. A truly off the beaten path program in India.

Volunteer in Nepal
Help with education programs in Kathmandu and explore this magnificent country surrounded by the Himalayas and learn about Hindu and Buddhist cultures.

Women’s Empowerment in India
Change the lives of women in East India and volunteer at local community centres, women’s colleges, school and orphanages.

Disabled Care in India
Work with children living with mental or physical disabilities in schools, orphanages and hospitals.

Yoga and Volunteer in India
Combine two passions to create the perfect India travel experience; volunteer with local communities and rejuvenate the mind, body and soul through the power of yoga.

Construction Program in India
Have a direct and positive impact on the local communities in India, Nepal OR Thailand and volunteer in our building and community construction program.

Sports Coaching in Sri Lanka
Nurture the talents of young sports stars and work with kids teaching them cricket, swimming, volleyball and more.

Family Volunteering in India
Bring the whole family and volunteer for anything from 2 weeks – 1 month whilst travelling, learning and growing together.

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