For countries around the world, aging demographics present a serious challenge. Resources in many countries are already stretched, especially in those nations that struggle with poverty.
So, the big question is: How do we handle the world’s aging population? How do we help the elderly live healthily and happily?
After all, we want to take care of our elders. We want to ensure they can age with grace and dignity.
The truth is there’s no one single answer. Policymakers, healthcare specialists, economics experts, other professionals, and society in general will have to work together to create a variety of solutions.
Now, if you’re wondering what you can do right now, we have an answer. You can volunteer with the elderly abroad. Many organizations have great projects in countries that need your help now.
In this guide, we’ll cover all you need to know about eldercare projects abroad. Continue!
What You’ll Do When You Volunteer with the Elderly
When you volunteer with seniors abroad, you can help in a variety of ways. Some of the most common types of eldercare programs are healthcare volunteering programs.
For example, you can serve as a senior center volunteer. For these volunteer programs, you’ll perform duties such as preparing meals, maintaining facilities, and most importantly, providing companionship. You’ll play a key role in boosting the emotional and mental well-being of residents by:
- Playing cards with them
- Hosting dance and music classes
- Taking walks, talking, and reading together
As you can see, senior center volunteering can allow you to enact positive change. Organizations such as A Broader View run a lot of volunteer programs that assist elderly homes, including this one in Ecuador.
One other way you can volunteer with seniors is through community development programs. These programs usually involve working in marginalized communities to build key infrastructure, support local schools, and provide services to the most vulnerable, specifically orphaned children and the elderly.
Now that you know how you can help the elderly abroad, let’s discuss the best programs. Read on!
Note: For most of these programs, your participation includes airport pickup, 24/7 support, accommodation, orientation, and some meals. Check with each individual project for full details and program requirements. And prepare accordingly.