In this episode of Rock Your Retirement we talk with Bill Manassero about volunteering overseas in retirement. You can listen to the show by clicking on the arrows below or finding it on your podcast app in your Smartphone.
Volunteering Overseas: How it can give you a better retirement
Bill Manassero is the President and Founder of Child Hope International. It’s a charitable organization that works with orphaned, abandoned, and at-risk children on the streets of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. The Manassero family’s unique ministry, helped street children get off the streets, and build a promising life for themselves in the Haitian society. Bill and his family served as missionaries in Haiti from 2003 to 2015. Transitioning back to the states for retirement, he began investing in real estate as a means to fund their retirement and help fund their Haitian Mission. He now shares his real estate knowledge with other seniors through his Old Dawg’s REI Network – a website, blog and weekly podcast.
Bill tells us some amazing and touching stories of his time spent Volunteering Overseas.
Before Bill and his family went to Haiti, they had a children’s music ministry. They traveled all around the world doing family concerts for various camps, schools, and groups. Bill noticed one of his daughters saving money. He asked her what she was saving for. His daughter said she wanted to build an orphanage, a school, and a church in Haiti. She was only nine years old at the time! This was the catalyst to start their Haitian Mission.
His organization is very much volunteer driven — A good majority of the volunteers are retired. The volunteers commit to anywhere from 1 week to 2 years of service. The volunteers help with things such as teaching life skills such as baking and sewing. They also show the children how to set up a business so they can become self sufficient. The volunteers feed hundreds of children every week. It was fascinating to hear how much volunteering overseas has impacted not only the Haitian Children, but the volunteers as well.
We asked, “What do you think people should know BEFORE they retire?” and he responded with:
Look forward to it. Prepare yourself for a new adventure to do anything you want to do. Take a look at the spiritual and emotional side. Start getting excited. Don’t get hung up on the money aspect. Focus on the freedom you will have. You can use that freedom to help others and help yourself.
What advice would you give to a retiree who feels stuck?
Try to change your perspective on your retirement. Spend time with those in need.
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