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The Peace Corps    

The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship.

The Peace Corps' mission has three simple goals:

Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.

Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.

Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Older Americans contribute tremendously to Peace Corps programs all over the globe. No single group has more to offer in terms of experience, maturity, and demonstrated ability.

Many older Volunteers find their age to be an asset while serving overseas. You will have the opportunity to share a lifetime of work and wisdom with people of developing nations who respect and appreciate age. And because there's no upper age limit to serve, it's never too late—Volunteers who are well into their eighties have served and continue to serve.

Peace Corps    
http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm     
800-424-8580



Volunteer in Latin America    

Costa Rica is one of the most developed countries in Latin America but about 1/5th of the population still live in poverty. The majority of this poverty exists in the rural communities of Costa Rica. As the gap between the rich and the poor continues to widen, rural communities struggle to keep pace with the growth of their urban counterparts. Volunteers in Costa Rica help to address this in balance by volunteering their resources to help these communities in need. Costa Rica is also recognized in its efforts to protect its bio-diversity and natural resources, but over-development and modernization is beginning to destroy this tropical paradise. Roughly 25% of the country is protected by the government, but laws and legislation are loosely enforced and regulated, leading to harmful activities such as deforestation and poaching. In addition, as tourism continues to grow in Costa Rica, foreign investors are increasingly developing resorts and large hotels and ruining the coastlines. In reaction to current issues, Costa Rica has actively began promoting alternative tourism involving projects such as volunteer vacations, eco-tourism, wildlife conservation and turtle conservation as an alternative.     

uVolunteer    
www.uvolunteer.org     
00 506 813 1449 (Costa Rica)



Volunteer to Teach in Thailand    

Did you know that in Thailand seniors are valued much more than in western countries? As a volunteer you will not only do good but also have a great time. Your experience and skills will make an great difference to the life of many people. You can join us teaching English or computer skills, providing students with the chance to listen and speak to a native speaker. Your life experience will give you plenty of topics to discuss and your students will be interested to learn from you.

Or maybe you love reading books to children and like to join our "Reading English books to Thai children" project.

Other volunteer opportunities include smaller or bigger repairs at rural schools. Many need some paint or partly replacement of wood in the walls or ceiling. Help repairing furniture or lights.

This is an opportunity for couples or single persons who feel fit enough to travel and like being around younger people.

Thai Experience    
http://thai-experience.org/senior-travel.html     
It is quite difficult to reach us at our office as we spend a lot of time at schools, with the volunteers etc.. Please also try the mobile number to contact or make an appointment by email in advance.
Tel.: +66 (0) 8 99 65 87 62


 
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