While retirement has its benefits, many seniors find that they have an excessive amount of time on their hands. Volunteering can be rewarding, and it is easier than ever to find meaningful ways to give back in the autumn as the weather cools and children, teens and many young adults are back in school. Seniors can try one of these unique options to transform a hobby into a calling or to minister to a group of people who already hold a soft place in their hearts.
A school is an excellent place for seniors to look for volunteer opportunities. Teachers often do not have the time they need to spend with each student or to tutor struggling students. Senior volunteers can step in either as student mentors or tutors if they have specialized experience in math, history or the sciences.
Become a Volunteer Grandparent
During the fall and winter, children who no longer have grandparents often feel this loss quite keenly. This is the time of the year for many family-based holidays as well as grandparent days at schools. Seniors can step in by providing that loving base of support that children so desperately need, by spending one-on-one time with children and by giving them amazing holiday memories.
Volunteer in a Hospital
Hospitals are often in need of volunteers who only need to have basic background checks before beginning at their posts. Volunteers are particularly needed in the pediatrics units where they can read to children, tutor children who are falling behind in their schoolwork or help in playrooms.
Take a Volunteer Vacation
Seniors who are still physically able may consider taking a vacation abroad during the fall when the weather is pleasant throughout much of the world. During volunteer vacations, seniors may be able to work on historical sites, teach English or work with endangered animals.
Be a Tour Guide
Seniors who prefer to stay closer to home can take advantage of the many opportunities for providing tour guidance to individuals who vacation in California. Seniors can consider giving tours in museums or universities or at historical landmarks.