In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Andre Agassi Foundation for
Education wants to transform public education in the United States
through its school in Las Vegas. Preparing each student for college, Agassi
Prep has a strong belief that measurement is required to make financial
resources meaningful. Find out how you can give, donate, volunteer or
Be a Mentor at Score There are 10,500 volunteer counselors who have more than 600 business
skills. Volunteers are working or retired business owners, executives and
corporate leaders who share their wisdom and lessons learned in business.
Black Sheep Inn This
eco lodge, located in Chugchilan, Ecuador, focuses on low impact tourism stays,
famous for their composting
toilets and organic coffee. Private or dorm rooms available, but all
showers and toilets are outside and shared. Cheap prices by European or
American city standards, but over priced for the area. However, the owners
do very much for the local townspeople including having started a Library
complete with donated computers, and they provide presents for the children at
Christmas time. Your money helps them to do these things and promotes their
dream of eco tourism, vegetarian food, and improving the lives of indigenous
people living there. The owners have a good thing going on, and seem
generous and open. Recommended at least for a look see!
Charity: Water pledges 100% of public
donations to directly fund clean water projects in developing countries. Be sure
watch this moving video
of their work.
Colorado Haiti Project was
founded in 1989 to extend aid to the poorest of the poor in a rural area called
Petit Trou de Nippes, about 80 miles west of Port-au-Prince. They work in
collaboration with the Priest-in-Charge, and a committee of community advisors,
to help provide education, vocational training, health care, nutrition and clean
water within the mission setting.
Cross-Cultural Solutions promises to
“change the way you see other cultures.” Volunteers work in areas such as
childhood education, infant and child care, improving the quality of life for
seniors, the disabled and those affected with HIV/AIDS.
Doing Good... Says Who?:
Stories from Volunteers, Nonprofits, Donors, and Those They Want to Help. This
book explores the impact of good intentions from the inside. The authors
conducted over 400 interviews and synthesized the lessons learned. The end
result is that you are on the ground with volunteers, nonprofits, donors, and -
most uniquely - the intended beneficiaries of good will.
Dining for Women Changing the world one
woman, one girl, one dinner at a time. Their collective-giving model is proving
that small contributions, aggregated together, can make a huge difference. This
is especially true in the most impoverished areas of the world, where some
subsist on less than $1 a week.
Dresses for Orphans
Free dresses and shirts are made from Tee Shirts and sent to mission
organizations in the United States who in turn take or send them to
orphanages all over the world. You can partner with or volunteer to make
these Tee shirts and dresses and make a young child feel special. It costs
$5 to make a dress and $2.50 to make a special Tee Shirt for a young boy.
For photos of the orphans,
Eco Tours & Travel Uganda help local
farmers with environmental conservation.
Giving Back in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Observations from a resident
living in SMA who is very active in that community.
Global Volunteers Be the change in
the world. Be a Global Volunteer. Short term volunteering, choose your program.
Guide for Addicted Veterans and their Families Resource sections: Substance
abuse, PTSD, Prescriptions drugs, Brain trauma, Sexual assault, Suicide risk,
Recognize symptoms, Intervention, Treatment help.
Heifer International This organization focuses on the simple
idea of helping families in native cultures obtain a sustainable source
of food and income rather than short-term relief. Their strategy is to
“pass on the gift.” As people share their animals’ offspring with others
– along with their knowledge, resources, and skills – an expanding
network of hope, dignity, and self-reliance is created that reaches
around the globe.
biggest physical problem in the world today: providing safe drinking water. The
solution will involve digging wells, installing filtration and chlorinization
systems, and, where appropriate and possible, harvesting the rain. 99% of the
one billion people without clean water could be helped by one of those three
applications. If everybody in America bought 10 bottles of HumanKind water, or
simply donated $10, the problem could be eradicated.
International Volunteer Headquarters
provides safe, quality and extremely affordable volunteering programs abroad in
developing countries all over the world. Each year they place over 4000 people
into their programs abroad and they have a wide range of volunteer travel
opportunities. Volunteers can choose to work on projects for various periods of
time ranging anywhere from one day to six months.
Kiva - Loans that change lives. Kiva lets you
loan to specific entrepreneurs empowering them to lift themselves out of
poverty. Loans begin at $25.
Lake Atitlan Wellness Clinic
Are you a doctor? Dentist? Chiropractor? Medical School? Want to donate
time in beautiful Panajachel, Guatemala helping the local population?
Find out more.
Lemonade International Volunteer in Guatemala. Education, health
access and job creation are imperative to providing sustainable
solutions for the children and families who live in this country. this
organization impacts the lives of more than 350 children every year,
along with a thriving church community, a construction workshop, a
microfinance program, and a safe home, providing a refuge for abandoned,
abused and neglected children.
Learning for Life Want to stay
active after retirement? Share your expertise, wisdom and experience?
Learning for Life offers seven programs designed to support schools and
community-based organizations in their efforts to prepare youth to
successfully handle the complexities of contemporary society. Programs help
youth develop social and life skills, assist in character and career
development, and help youth formulate positive personal values. It prepares
youth to make ethical decisions that will help them achieve their full
Let's Be Ready Preparing
Guatemala's rural children to succeed in school. This program is small and very
simple. They find graduated but unemployed teachers and offer to put them to
work in their communities as preschool teachers. Their sponsors’ donation gives
them a stipend each month and provides the classroom materials. The teachers
have to find the space to hold the classes and manage all the relationships with
parents and leaders in their community. These teachers are social entrepreneurs.
Magic Classrooms here and
Life Changing, Changing Lives by Lynn McClenahan. These beautiful women and
children were living in various conditions, often with lots of family members in
one room, many times without a flushing toilet, predictably with chickens, and a
cow out back, and usually their small villages were far from grocery stores or
Liter of Light wants to give the
gift of light to those in need by turning waste plastic bottles into solar light
bulbs. Learn how to make them, how to install them, and how to donate to the
program. Instruction manual, videos.
Magic Classroom Bringing Education to Rural Villages
In Guatemala 40% of children do not make it
through 1st grade. Retired American, Fred Zambroski saw this problem and took
action by forming the non-profit charity Let’s Be Ready. Find out more.
Mayan Eco Homestead Eco-friendly
learning center for malnourished Guatemalan families.
is a unique gift registry that also combines the benefits of social
media and provides a community of support for patients. With an online listing
of a patient’s specific Needs, Wants and Wishes during treatment and recovery,
Med Gift is similar to any other gift registry. Find a patient and make a gift!
Meetup Do something, learn something, share
something, change something. Book clubs, skiing, Italian classes, motorcycling
groups. Search out your interests, find a group near you.
Miracles in Action
Helping poor families to help themselves through education, vocation, and
sustainable projects in rural Guatemala.
Call Musicians On Call brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of
patients in healthcare facilities. Since 1999, they have performed for over
275,000 individuals and counting! Learn more about their programs and history.
Volunteer and share your musical talent to help and heal.
Living Abroad is community for sharing experience and
advice for studying, working, volunteering or retiring abroad. Resources include
links to other sites pertaining to expatriate life, in-country contacts,
employment abroad, volunteer opportunities and more. Articles on specific
countries, message board, classified ads and free e-zine.
OASIS is a national
education organization dedicated to enriching the lives of adults age 50 and
older through lifelong learning and service. Offering stimulating programs
in the arts, humanities, health, technology and volunteer service, OASIS
brings people together to learn, lead and contribute in their communities.
You can also become a volunteer and teach others from your wellspring of
Operation300 Protecting, defending,
teaching and mentoring children of Fallen Soldiers. A registered 501(c)3 not for
profit organization which hosts adventure camps for children who have lost their
fathers as a result of military service and seeks to honor the families of the
fallen. The camps provide an opportunity to participate in activities that
embody the spirit of adventure that characterized the lives of their absent
fathers while fostering a culture of courage, strength, freedom, endurance, and
Over 50 and Overseas
Paid and volunteer work abroad? Peace Corps
jobs in foreign countries? Short term international volunteer and work
opportunities for baby boomers and seniors? Combine retirement with a new
international career? Click on this site for more information.
The Oaxaca Project Helping
kids with cancer in the Mexican state of Oaxaca in Southwest Mexico.
There are many volunteers
over the age of 50 serving in the Peace Corps. In an article in USA Today, Peace
Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet noted that older volunteers bring
different skills and experience. For more information, the Peace Corps set up a
special site to specifically recruit
Paramedics for Children Changing
lives through medical care, education and disaster relief. Serving Central
America and the world since 1997.
Peace Corps after 50 Reprinted with permission from David Jarmul. Before
Champa and I joined the Peace Corps at the age of 63, people asked us how we’d
feel to be surrounded by volunteers younger than our two sons.
Planet Startup helps young adults in
economically disadvantaged communities in remote areas of the planet, and within
inner cities, to become leaders in their nations by starting and growing their
own on-line companies. They offer Courses and On-Line Training at no charge, How
to develop a business plan, and Leadership Development.
Project Light Rwanda gives
birth to a much-needed model of humanitarian aid that addresses basic survival
needs, emotional healing, and economic self-sustainability. By developing
heart-centered healing and leadership programs for traumatized youth, students,
and humanitarians, we seek to shine LIGHT on one of the greatest human gifts
that can unite us all—the power and resilience of the human spirit. - Dr.
Lori Leyden, Founder of Create Global Healing and Project LIGHT
Projects Abroad sends 10,000 volunteers
abroad each year providing service opportunities on five continents.
Saturday Academy Inc.
non-traditional creative techniques are used to generate interest in middle and
high school students to increase the number of young women in Science,
Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine disciplines in the future.
Somos Children's Village
The Village has family homes and an organic farm within the small Kaqchikel
community of Chivarabal in the Central Highlands of Guatemala. As an orphan
prevention program, the Village supports widowed and single mothers who are
at-risk of losing their children due to poverty and difficult living situations.
Volunteer, donate. Email: Alicia Knox
Tele: 502. 5524. 3584 Email: Gregorio Kemp
Tele: 502. 4577. 4942 Skype: compassionfruit
empowers young women through education and mentorship to become leaders in their
community. They invest in the education of rural Mayan adolescent girls who
otherwise would have no education beyond 6th grade. Studies show that the
educated girl transforms herself, her family, her community, and her world.
Stress Project Veterans can receive help
for PTSD. Hundreds of thousands of US military personnel are returning from
Iraq, Afghanistan, and other combat zones. An estimated 300,000 of them suffer
from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Thousands of lives are ruined by
alcohol and drug addiction, mental illness, suicide, and spousal abuse. Please
The Peace Corps
provides a wonderful way to give back, no matter what your
age. and to gain valuable benefits yourself. Many older volunteers find
their age to be an asset while serving overseas. There is no upper age limit
to serve, and if you are worried about Social Security or medical benefits,
check out their site for more information.
Tiger Woods Foundation offers a character development program for youth 8-17.
Tiger's Action Plan addresses three priorities: character education,
volunteer service and career exploration. Teachers and group leaders can
obtain a ready-to-go curriculum, and individuals can participate in the
program by visiting his site or calling 1-866-916-GOAL. Make a difference,
add meaning to your retirement years.
Volunteer Forever Volunteer
abroad, teach abroad, intern abroad.
Volunteer World Compare 1,076
volunteer abroad programs. They connect you with the world's best volunteer
WeGuatemala The network of non profits
and international aid in Guatemala. We can make the change. Together.
World Vision World Vision is a
Christian humanitarian charity organization dedicated to working with children,
families, - close to 100 million people in nearly 100 countries around the world
- World Vision serves all people, regarddlesss of religion, race, ethnicity, or
gender. Have questions? See their
doesn't start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough
about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges
of authentic friendship. These relationships don't happen overnight - they take
tie, patience, trust and consistency. Find out more.
Unlocking the "Girl Effect" in Guatemala
Starfish One by One Empowers Young Women
Turning Trash into Beauty
About the Authors
Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.