They say “write what you know”. In Second Career Volunteer, Barbara M. Traynor describes her volunteer retirement lifestyle in detail, the how-to and what-not-to, positives and negatives, pleasure and treasure. She should know. She has been living this lifestyle for six years! In July, 2005, after working as an Administrative Assistant for over forty-five years, she retired. In August, she drove 8,000 miles to Alaska to volunteer at a small college for a year. Since then, Barbara has been a long-term, long-distance volunteer at a wildlife refuge in Florida, a Heifer International learning center in Arkansas, a high school for children of the Pueblos in Albuquerque, and a park interpreter at Russell Cave National Monument in Alabama . Along the way she was asked so many questions about what she was doing that she decided to write a book.
Enjoy her experiences, along with in-depth interviews of other volunteers who wish to remain active and involved, as they contribute their workplace skills to organizations who supplement their staff with volunteers. Since Barbara’s only income is Social Security, she seeks out organizations that offer free room in board. “That is the beauty of this lifestyle”, she says, “you choose your destination, time-line, and responsibilities. All I have to do is get there!” While others may have more disposable income, this book offers options to those whose incomes have been hard-hit by the recent financial crisis or to those who simply wish to be more frugal, curtailing their financial footprint. College grads who are looking for employment can remain independent while adding to their resumes. The unemployed may find options in gaining new skills, working without the burden of paying room and board. Volunteers teach, learn and work among a multi-generational, multi-cultural community of like minded individuals. It is a win-win for all involved.
Second Career Volunteer, a pennywise, passionate approach to a unique lifestyle shows all how to be creative and compassionate, getting-out-and-giving-back while not breaking the bank.