What You Need to Know About Volunteer Overseas Programs

Volunteer overseas programs

Last week I received an email from a man in Cambodia who has a nonprofit. He is looking for volunteers and suggested we promote him through this blog. While I looked at his website and he appears to have a legitimate organization, I would never promote anything without it being fully vetted.

As I was thinking about researching this organization, it occurred to me there are many people who are interested in being retirement volunteers away from home. Regardless of the organization, it’s important to understand what you’re getting into, what it’s going to cost and what to expect. [Read more...]

Stuffing Envelops Isn’t Enough for the New Retirement Volunteer

no stuffinenvelops for retirement volunteer I was talking to a friend this morning about volunteering at the Prescott Film Festival. We took a class together, got friendly and I suggested she might like to volunteer at the festival. Did I mention she has a Ph.D. in film and spent the last 14 years teaching at the University of Arizona? [Read more...]

Search And Rescue Volunteers Save Lives

Search and Rescue Ssnior Volunteers2You’ve seen them on television when there is a lost child. Often times large numbers of volunteers fan out over an area looking for clues or trace of piece of clothing or missing shoe, ultimately hoping to find the missing person alive and well.

Shortly after we moved to Prescott, my husband bought a jeep and joined the jeeping club. On his first outing, he was befriend by another retiree who recommended he join the local sheriff’s department response team or search and rescue squad.

These aren’t a band of untrained citizens that appear when there is a cry for help, but a well-organized, highly trained group of volunteers who are committed to serving their local community. [Read more...]

Birdwatching Important an Enjoyable Retirement Activity

Watching quail from home in Prescott ArizonaI first became aware of my fascination with watching birds after a tree trimmer mistakenly thought we wanted to chop down the old ash in our backyard instead of merely trimming it. I’m glad we were able to communicate before the tree went tumbling down.

The benefit of this naked tree was how easy it was to see the birds that came to perch on it. A clan of woodpeckers had recently moved into the area and they loved to pick the bugs out of the bark of the ash. At times, we had half a dozen birds talking and squawking around the tree. When I needed to take a break from the computer, nothing gave me greater joy than to sit on the back patio watching those birds. [Read more...]

Can Seniors Contribute to A Greater Good?

12-4-12shutterstock_76636684I just watched/listened to an interesting video with Mark Meckler, Tea Party founder as he discussed the Living Room Conversations where conservatives and progressives come together in small groups to discuss issues to find common ground.

It occurred to me this is such a wonderful opportunity for retirees. Maggie Kuhn, started the Gray Panthers in 1970 from a passion of human rights for elders. She saw important roles for seniors as mentors, mediators, monitors of public bodies, motivators and mobilizers. She wanted seniors and retirees to be out in the community, involved, engaged and contributing to the greater good. [Read more...]

Tips for Voluntary Community Service-Finding Your Passion

Voluntary Community Service-Saving the PlanetRecently, I wrote about how time affects people’s decision to volunteer. There are many other factors to think about before you make a commitment to be a retirement volunteer.

What do you feel passion about? What makes you rant and rave?  These are two great questions to ask yourself when you’re thinking of volunteering.  While you can just fill time, to truly make a difference, you should engage in an activity you feel is important. [Read more...]

Are Your Ready for the World Of Nonprofits After Retiring?

Volunteer for a nonprofit

In many ways, the organizational structure of a nonprofit is similar to a for profit business. According to Shelly Cryer, author of The Nonprofit Career Guide: How to Land a Job that Makes a Difference, all nonprofits have a similar structure. (If you are serious about working for a nonprofit, this is the best book on the market.) [Read more...]

Retirement Volunteer with Spirituality

One of the best books about the role of elder in society is From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Ronald S. Miller. They write that elders are the ‘wisdom keepers’ maintaining society’s well-being and safeguard the health of the planet and all the inhabit it. It is the responsibility of elders to transmit a legacy to future generations. One of the ways to do this is to share their life experiences with others. [Read more...]

When Volunteering Doesn’t Meet Expectations

Have you ever volunteered to be on a project or part of a committee, only to find out some time later, you’re doing a disproportional bulk of the work? Many of us, who view ourselves as ‘good workers’ find ourselves in this situation. As a coach, I’ve talked to people who are reluctant to get involved in volunteering because they are afraid they’ll get saddled with more of the work. [Read more...]

Volunteer Activities in Social Services

Social Services or human services have the goals to restore, protect, maintain and promote quality of life for those in need. This provides a huge opportunity to make a difference within families, communities and beyond. The ultimate goal of programs is to provide opportunities to help the disadvantaged become self-reliant and productive citizens. As a volunteer in retirement, people are involved providing hands-on support, as well as being an advocate or raising money for a particular group in need. Volunteers may also educate the public on the needs of a specific group. [Read more...]