10 Best Volunteer Activities in Retirement


Docent or Tour Guide

The retirement years provide seniors with many opportunities to turn their lifelong hobbies into full-time volunteer pursuits, or to learn more about topics that have long held their interests. Universities, museums, and other public and private organizations frequently offer docent programs that train volunteers to lead tours, preserve landmarks or educate visitors. Many botanical gardens, historical sites and land conservation groups offer similar opportunities for volunteers to learn on the job.

Even retirees with seemingly esoteric skills or interests might be surprised at the volunteer opportunities available in their favorite subject areas: Volunteers are needed to drive and maintain antique steam cars, rehabilitate birds of prey, lead tours of Kentucky's largest equestrian-themed park, and for just about everything in between [sources: Auburn Heights Preserve, UC Davis Retiree Center, Kentucky Horse Park].