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:

Mary S United Kingdom This programme is a fantastic place for anyone who wants to play an integral part in the fight against poaching. You get the chance to be up close and interact with the magnificent rhinos and elephants on a daily basis, but if you want to you also get a chance to play a practical and on-going rol...
Jan H Australia I spent 2 weeks at this amazing place and could move there permanently. Working so closely with the elephants and the rhino was a dream. The awe inspiring community and the projects and long term goals took me by surprise, and as such has left a space in my heart. The people are wonderful and very...
Yvie A United Kingdom I volunteered in Hwange National Park and right from the start I loved landing at Victoria Falls Airport, and then being whisked literally 40 minutes down the road in a no-roof 4x4 vehicle to what felt like the middle of the bush, and being instantly asked to set up my tent for camping! I felt inst...
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...
Erika W UK So many special moments! Where to start! Amy and I arrived late in the evening in the pitch black. Mike and two other volunteers, Steve and Bryan, stayed up to welcome us – everyone else was in bed! In the morning we woke up early to a strange banging noise, looked out the window and saw t...

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Endangered Wildlife Conservation Location: South Africa
How much: from US$1,525 (2 weeks)
Support award-winning conservation to save endangered and threatened wildlife species in Africa. Make a direct contribution, and get involved in some of South Africa s most important and exciting cons...
Rhino & Elephant Conservation Location: Zimbabwe
How much: from US$855 (1 weeks)
Be a 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 privately ...
Primate Conservation, Zimbabwe Location: Zimbabwe
How much: from US$1,800 (2 weeks)
Gain hands-on wildlife experience with a variety of animal orphans, and assist in the rehabiliation and release process. Work in Zimbabwe s only dedicated primate rehabilitation centre, with a mission...
Elephant & Wild Dog Conservation Location: Namibia
How much: from US$1,715 (2 weeks)
Play a part in the long-term conservation of two iconic species: the African wild dog and African elephant. Work in northern Namibia to mitigate the conflict between these animals and humans. As h...
Wildlife Warriors - Advanced Anti-Poaching Experience Location: South Africa
How much: from US$1,695 (2 weeks)
Do you have a passion for the outdoors and a desire to actively contribute to the protection of endangered and vulnerable animals? Gain practical experience in advanced anti-poaching techniques and wo...
Wildlife Courses - South Africa and Botswana Location: South Africa
How much: from US$1,295 (1 weeks)
Become a guardian of nature and grow your wildlife knowledge, through amazing practical experiences in some of Africa’s most spectacular wilderness areas. If you want to experience a bush ho...
Conservancy & Rehabilitation Experience Location: Zimbabwe
How much: from US$1,860 (2 weeks)
Combine rhino and elephant conservation with small animal care and primate rehabilitation in Zimbabwe. Experience life in a 10,000 acre conservancy dedicated to black rhino protection, and work in a s...
Horse Riding & Rhino Conservation Location: Zimbabwe
How much: from US$1,115 (1 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. ...
Rescued Animal Conservation, Malawi Location: Malawi
How much: from US$1,850 (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...
Teaching & Big 5 Wildlife Conservation Location: Zimbabwe
How much: price on application
A great combination of community work and conservation. Volunteer in Zimbabwe, teach English to rural children and experience life on a Big 5 game reserve in an incredible wilderness areas. Deliver an...
Namibia Medical Volunteer - Rural Bushman Clinic Location: Namibia
How much: from US$1,395 (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$1,950 (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$1,800 (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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