Retired: Try IVHQ – Volunteer Travel Organization

Last week my friend told me about her plans to volunteer abroad. She has made plans to travel with IVHQ read more below) and stay in Italy to care for cats. She is beside herself with giggles and is in the mental stage of the plot  – renting out her house, giving notice at work (retirement is looming for her), storing her car, putting all her other obligations on hold. Her feet are barely touching the ground she is so excited.

Ever want to volunteer in a meaningful way abroad? If so, check out International Volunteer Head Quarters or IVHQ. This organization has over 100,000 young and old volunteers working across the globe. This volunteer abroad program might be just what you are looking for if you have the desire to expand your horizons, stretch your mind, break through your comfort zone and most important of all… leave the world a big better place.

IVHQ works with local communities with a bottom up approach. Local organizations know the people, speak the language, purchase items from local vendors and businesses and get buy-in from the population who benefits.

The desire to travel and volunteer abroad can be a great experience if the organization is willing to step in and guide the volunteer across the many steps involved. IVHQ has destinations across the globe where you can volunteer for an affordable fee. The transparency in the fees makes you want to dig deeper and learn more. The registration fees and the program fees are listed for each country with a list of what other expenses might arise.

With an organization like IVHQ, the time to step up and go where you feel most alive is right now. Right?!

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Retired: Renting rooms to traveling nurses

Retired and want to rent a room in your house to a traveling nurse? Keep reading…

Furnished Finders – furnishedfinders.com 

Recently I found a website called Furnished Finders. The website states “Furnished Finder is a short-term housing provider for travel nurses and other business travelers who need furnished housing. We boast a 92 day average stay, and are major data providers for corporate housing coordinators and medical staffing companies across the US.
Property owners list their available short-term apartments on Furnished Finder, as healthcare travelers command a consistent appetite for traditional corporate housing and alternative housing types alike.”

nurseThe cool thing about this site is you pay an upfront fee of $99 and then you become one of their listings. You fill out your information, price and list the medical centers, hospitals, etc near you. Then, once you publish your information, you have guests contact you. They will have a stay that is about 90 days long but if you have an extra room and want a guest, it might be the way to go.

The best thing of all is – no Airbnb fees. You decide on the price and contact the potential guest before accepting the reservation.

You have WAY less competition than other places (Airbnb.com, VRBO.com) and more immediate interaction.

You will also have an income that is between you and your guest. Only you and your guest.

Check it out. You might like it.


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Retired: Living rent-free as a property caretaker!

Caretaker Gazette gives you a new location to loveHave you ever considered becoming the caretaker of a property? The Caretaker Gazette is a newsletter filled with a huge list of  amazing properties across the globe. There are properties in NY City lofts, ranches in Nevada, farms in New Zealand and castles in Italy. How about working as a caretaker at a beach house in Maui, serve as a Park Host couple in the Ozarks, work as part of a team on an island farm in Maine or perhaps on a semi-private island in the South Pacific? Oh my!

Feel the need to reach out and try something new?
You might want to check this out.

In addition to finding places for you to work, you can post an advertisement with specifics about you and where you might want to go. What do you have to offer a landlord who just might want to leave for a few months? Being retired and having the freedom to relocate is pretty darn cool. I look at the newsletter and keep hoping to find my perfect fit. Even an imperfect fit might be pretty nice!

The Gazette provides its subscribers with thousands of house-sitting and property caretaking jobs each year. They have housesitting jobs in all 50 US States, Canada, Mexico and dozens of other countries.

Caretaker.org (Caretaking and Housesitting Jobs across the globe)

Caretaker Gazette is a unique newsletter containing property caretaking and house-sitting jobs, advice, and information for property caretakers, housesitters, and landowners. Published since 1983, it’s the only publication in the world dedicated to the property caretaking field. Email: caretaker@caretaker.org

GO SEE FOR YOURSELF!

Caretaker Gazette gives you a new location to love

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I –
I took the one less traveled by.” -Robert Frost