Ready to retire in Los Cabos? It might be a challenge for some people to completely give up their busy lifestyle. To seamlessly bridge the gap and slide gently into the wonderful world of retirement, there are many fulfilling volunteer opportunities in Los Cabos to keep you busy. Whether you join the growing full-time ex-pat retiree community or simply happen to be here just a few months, the following are just a few suggestions for you to explore.
- The Humane Society needs dog walkers. https://loscaboshumanesociety.org/ Every day at 8:30 to 10 am and 4:30 to 6 pm. Just show up when you can. It gives the staff time to clean out the dog kennels but it also gives the dogs some well-needed time outdoors to walk and enjoy your company. If not The Humane Society, there are many other shelters and organizations such as
- Baja Safe https://www.bajasafe.com/
- PET Los Cabos https://m.facebook.com/PETLosCabos/.
2. Foster a pet. There are many critters out there who are awaiting transportation out of the country and need temporary foster homes. Ask me for more details, as these lists change daily, or click on the links above and connect directly. On a side note, we are always looking for pet escorts for these adopted pets awaiting transportation to the USA and Canada. https://m.facebook.com/groups/CaboPetEscort/?ref=group_header&view=group
3. Red Autismo is a non-profit organization located in Los Cabos, BCS, Mexico that aims to provide specialized care for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) seeking the development of skills to improve their quality of life and that of their family. http://redautismo.org/en/home/ If you have this particular background, reach out and volunteer your time.
4. Reading to kids in English. Many of the local schools welcome native English speakers to volunteer and read in English to the younger grades. If you have an educational background, I am happy to connect you. They will ask you for some personal information for a background check.
5. After a natural phenomenon we all pull together as a community and help each other after any kind of natural occurrence. BYOB (bring your own broom) and roll up your sleeves anywhere you feel is necessary. Los Cabos has a motto: Los Cabos UNSTOPPABLE, and it really is our community spirit and the hard work from volunteers that is the backbone of the slogan.
6. Casa Hogar is a beloved home for kids without parents. http://www.casahogarcabo.com/
7. Be kind. Not really a volunteer position, but it’s a feel-good project, nonetheless. There are always less fortunate people anywhere you live or travel. Perhaps there is someone you met that seems like they have so much potential but personal circumstances of the past have made moving forward a bit challenging. Every situation is different, but perhaps you could be a mentor or help with goal settings. Sometimes people simply need the encouragement from a well-meaning successful mentor to help them with personal or educational goals to change the direction of their lives or help them in some other way. Change one life at a time and make a difference.
8. Buy tickets and attend the fundraiser events to support all non-profit organizations. Even if you cannot attend, fundraiser tickets make great gifts for your friends and family. Your support will assist these non-profit organizations to continue their excellent work. The events are always a lot of fun and feature many opportunities to sample the culinary arts of some of the finest local chefs who dedicate their time to these events.
One day I may write about the things I do quietly to make a difference, but for now, here is a link to a bunch of other ideas to explore, courtesy of Los Cabos Guide. http://www.loscabosguide.com/charities/
Lisa Torres is a full-time Los Cabos Realtor with The Agency Los Cabos and has lived in Mexico and the Caribbean for over 30 years.
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