International development charity VSO is urging the over-70s to consider working abroad.
There is a shortage of experienced teachers and managers
The organisation, which finds volunteers work in developing countries, has lifted its official retirement age to 75.
The move, which followed an extension of insurance cover, was aimed at
tackling a "chronic shortage" of skilled volunteers in several subjects.
VSO says the over-70s have a lot to offer in professional skills and experience.
English language teachers with several years experience under their belt are hard to find, as are people with management and accountancy skills.
Some countries, including China, are said to value the experience and talents of older volunteers.
VSO's director of recruitment Nick Gallagher said: "If you're over 50 and have the right skills,
up-to-date experience and are passed fit and healthy by VSO doctors, then there
are opportunities available and we want to hear from you."
VSO has found it harder to recruit people over the last few years.
Recruitment levels particularly plummeted after 11 September, although they have picked up a little since then.
The average age of volunteers has been rising over the past 20 years and is
Do you think recuitment of over-70s is a good idea to tackle the shortage of skilled volunteers? Send us your comments.
I think this is excellent idea for those who can handle it. Not only experience in profession will be required but experience in working and living in an undeveloped country - an accountant from Surrey may find it difficult to adapt to life in rural Nigeria. I have nothing against accountants or Nigeria - just examples. Count me in - I'm up for it.
I. Macwood, Scotland
I am 76; the medical people tell me that there is no deterioration, body wise, in the past 20 years. There must be a lot of people who are also given that good news.
Why not, just because you hit 70 doesn't mean you become brain dead. One look at each London marathon show just how many active "mature" people there are in the UK and there is only so much golfing, gardening and holidays to Tenerife you can do before you become bored. If you have the skills and are willing to work hard then this is a win win situation.
I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and a Chartered Builder. 70 years old, retired and with a lifetime experience of working in Africa and Middle East. I am in good health. I would seriously consider volunteering.
John Westcott, Resident United Kingdom
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