About Madeleine (Smile)

Hi, it’s Madeleine.
Madeleine Trachtenburg. And if you’re wondering about that crazy domain name, don’t ask. It’s a long story and unless you have consumed a bunch of espressos, you’ll be asleep before I get to the end of the explanation.

So anyway.

I’m retired. Have been for ten years.
I’m a widow. Have been for twenty years.

And I’m an avid traveler and volunteer. That’s what this blog is about.
Volunteering is such a great thing to be involved in as a retiree, and I want to get the word out to everyone! So I figured that if I write a blog about it, that’ll be a great start.
Ever heard of Elder Hostel? I do a lot of volunteering through that organization. And then there’s Wycliffe Associates, and Peace Corps for Seniors, and Second Season Citizens, and a bunch more.

The idea is that when you hit retirement age, if you have time and health and some discretionary income, you can make a difference as a volunteer. It can be a benefit to the organizations that you serve with and it can be a benefit to yourself—doing something meaningful after you’ve had a full career.
There are tons of volunteer opportunities, in all fields, and in a huge variety of locations. There are volunteer opportunities all over the world! I love the abroad opportunities, but that’s just me. I know a lot of volunteers who don’t want to leave the country, so they focus on things they can do without going overseas.

I knew a couple where the husband was a retired pastor. They found a church in Nova Scotia that needed an interim pastor—for three months or something. So this couple moved from Florida to Nova Scotia to volunteer there. The three months turned into over a year, and it was a great thing. That retired couple was very happy there. After that they moved on to something else.

I knew another couple that did a ton of trips helping with construction projects. The guy did the construction stuff and the wife did light construction and then also sewing projects and cooking for the volunteer team.  They went all over—Indonesia, Guatemala, Canada, the Philippines. They loved it. Obviously they had the funds to travel wherever they wanted, and not everyone has that kind of financial flexibility.

All I’m saying is that opportunities to help are all over the place. You can do as much as your budget allows. And you can basically go wherever you want.
So I’m just interested in spreading the word about volunteering. I know lots of retirees that are bored. Or maybe not bored, but somewhat dissatisfied with how they’re spending their sunset years. I tell ya, there’s no need for that!
I hope my blog can make a difference in raising awareness about volunteer opportunities. And the benefits and enrichment they bring!