Mature Volunteers

Volunteer in Africa on one of our amazing programmes!

We don’t like age limits and volunteering isn't just for teenagers and gap year students! Mature volunteers are welcomed on the vast majority of our projects and we have a wide range of programmes and choices for mature travellers.

If you’re an empty nester, taking a well-earned career break or are already retired, now is the time to do all the things you’ve always dreamed about and share your knowledge, experience and time with those who are in need of your support. We welcome mature volunteers on the vast majority of our projects and have a wide range of programmes and choices for mature travelers. Most of our programmes take well-rounded and diverse ages, backgrounds and nationalities and we find that it is often mature volunteers who have the greatest impact on a programme and get more satisfaction and fulfillment out of the work.

If you are concerned about the ages of other volunteers on a particular programme we can advise you of the ages of other volunteers and put you in touch with mature volunteers who have volunteered there before. Some of our projects will arrange for you to have your own room and we can advise you about the physical nature of the programme before you travel.

No qualifications are required for the vast majority of programmes but if you have any special skills or experience then please do let us know when you book as some of our programmes could really benefit from your talents!

Have a look at a selection of our volunteer programmes which are popular with older volunteers:

Karin T Switzerland I chose this project because there was not a lot of volunteers taken and it looked more personal. When I got there, I knew had I made the right decision! I did so many things - feeding animals, spending time with them, helping the sick ones, assisting the vets at the clinic in neutering, helping at ...
Emma R Scotland Raising a baby Vervet Monkey Submitted by Emma R | March 2016 The whole experience was such a positive one, but I must say helping rescued animals get back to full health and fitness and being able to release them back into the wild had to be the most rewarding thing about the whole trip. Ge...
Sandra T Sweden Saving animals Submitted by Sandra T | 23rd February 2016 I had an absolutely wonderful time on the project and I got to feel that I actually helped out, and I have gained a lot of good experience. Everything from knowledge about animal behavior, anti-poaching, tracking and conservation, to ...
Cecilia S USA Never a Dull Moment Submitted by Cecilia S | February 05, 2016 For the first time in a very long time, I’m in a state of FOMO – fear of missing out. From day one of being here, I’ve learned that we are here to give these beautiful animals a second chance at life. It broke...
James G UK We chose this programme because it allowed us to bring our four children aged 8-12, enabling us to volunteer as a family. We stayed in a beautiful cottage with plenty of space and a lovely garden and the food was great - roast beef and yorkshire pudding was a highlight for me! On the old maps of...

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Hands-on Rhino & Elephant Conservation Location: Zimbabwe
How much: from US$1,750 (2 weeks)
Be a hands-on wildlife conservation volunteer on this unique rhino and elephant conservation project. Work to secure the future of the black rhino in Zimbabwe and help in the day to day running of a p...
Zimbabwe Animal Rescue Sanctuary Location: Zimbabwe
How much: from US$1,295 (2 weeks)
Join a small team of dedicated vets and conservationists at this incredibly rewarding, family-run animal rescue and rehabilitation sanctuary in rural Zimbabwe. Work alongside the trustees of the c...
Photography and Film Internship Location: Zimbabwe
How much: from US$1,400 (2 weeks)
Calling all photographers! Volunteer with rhinos and elephants and use your photography skills to showcase the project s fantastic wildlife. Think creatively as you capture the volunteer experience th...
Horse Riding & Wildlife Conservation Location: Zimbabwe
How much: from US$1,995 (2 weeks)
The perfect volunteer project for horse riders as you combine horseback safaris, anti-poaching patrols and cattle ranching with hands-on volunteer work with endangered black rhinos and elephants. ...
28 Day Safari Guide Courses - South Africa Location: South Africa
How much: from US$2,320 (4 weeks)
If you want to experience a bush holiday, have amazing animal experiences and learn all about the environment, spend a month immersed in the natural world at a choice of wilderness camps in South Afri...
Malawi Hands-on Wildlife Sanctuary Location: Malawi
How much: from US$1,650 (2 weeks)
Volunteer in Malawi at its only wildlife sanctuary, dedicated to animal rehabilition and release. More than just a sanctuary, volunteers get involved with animal care, enrichment and behaviour researc...
Big 5 Conservation Experience Location: Zimbabwe
How much: from US$1,275 (2 weeks)
Explore one of the world’s most sought after destinations, get hands-on experience in conservation management, wildlife research and community development and live in the heart of a stunning pri...
Teaching & Big 5 Wildlife Conservation Location: Zimbabwe
How much: from US$1,795 (2 weeks)
A great combination of community work and conservation. Volunteer in Zimbabwe, teach English to rural children and experience daily life on a Big 5 game reserve in one of Zimbabwe s most incredible wi...
Namibia Medical Volunteer - Rural Bushman Clinic Location: Namibia
How much: from US$995 (2 weeks)
Contribute to the medical and social welfare of the remote San community in Namibia and experience unspoilt African wilderness. Assist the resident doctor and nurse to provide primary healthcare to th...
Veterinary Internship, Malawi Location: Malawi
How much: from US$1,650 (2 weeks)
Volunteer with local vets in Malawi and get involved in all aspects of animal care and husbandry, with a particular focus on animal health. Work with a diverse range of animals including primates, ant...
Teaching & Literacy, Victoria Falls Location: Zimbabwe
How much: price on application
As a teaching volunteer on this rural school literacy programme you provide much-needed teaching assistance to under-resourced schools in Africa’s adventure capital, Victoria Falls. Support teac...
Mozambique Horse Riding Internship Location: Mozambique
How much: from US$1,745 (2 weeks)
A perfect working holiday in one of the world’s finest beach riding destinations. Ride along untouched, white, sandy beaches and on stunning coastal trails, as you join horse safaris next to the...

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