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Any retirees here who do volunteer work?

Asked by LostInParadise (27105points) April 23rd, 2016

I am seriously thinking about retiring soon. I am feeling very burnt out doing computer programming.

I have saved a sufficient amount of money to live comfortably. The problem is that I live alone and would need to do something that I feel is meaningful and that would connect me with the outside world. I am not psychologically ready to move to a retirement community.

Have you or anybody you know been in a related situation? I would be particularly interested in hearing about retired educators, since I would be interested in doing math teaching if opportunities were available.

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longgone's avatar

My grandma taught English for a while, as a tutor. Would that be an option? You would probably make a great math tutor.

LostInParadise's avatar

Thanks. I have done tutoring. The problem is that the work is sporadic. If it were possible, I would prefer a more steady volunteer opportunity with some government agency.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

I work with state university as a certified Master Gardener (volunteer) for the local Extension Service, I man the phones for plant and tree inquires, community events held two to five times a year.
We have one volunteer that works some weeks 25 or more hours. She gives tours and help host events for school age kids, weeds and plants.

dxs's avatar

Perhaps you could do substitute teaching.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

I like the idea of tutoring or teaching people who don’t have English as a first language. I personally would love to work with refugees. You might be able to get in touch with the maths and science departments at your local universities and offer your skills as a tutor. That might even end up being a paid gig if you could get your foot in the door.

Strauss's avatar

I have been retired for about three years now. Teaching music at my daughter’s high school started out to be a volunteer position, and then they generously found a way to pay me. I’ve done it for two years now, and I find it so rewarding that if the funding were to dry up I’d still continue as long as I am able.

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