Post secondary schools need experienced people to teach a wide variety of skills.
Debra Wutke, Program Manager for Business Management in the Continuing Education division of Red River College describes the paid and volunteer opportunities for retired people in her college:
Many retirees get satisfaction mentoring young people in their field; an ideal place to pass on your experience is at colleges and universities that hire skilled people on short-term contracts to teach continuing education students, and in some cases, full-time students as well. Alternatively, colleges often invite experienced people to volunteer as guest lecturers once in a term.
When Lyndsay Greene, author of You Could Live a Long Time, found that many experienced retirees had “worked” well past the end of their traditional careers. They said work — not necessarily paid work — provides purpose and social networks in retirement.
They emphasized that, in the post-career phase of work, you shouldn’t expect the same level of responsibility and authority as in your career.
Uniterra sends 450 Canadian volunteers abroad, a quarter of them retired, or near retirement. Chris Eaton, CEO of WUSC, describes what to expect and how to apply for their international volunteering opportunities.