Adventure Knows No Age Limit

The Intrepid Optimist webpage is for you, men and women, who’ve lived and enjoyed a full and exciting life and are still pursuing your dreams.

The idea came to me that when I realized that, on reaching the hypothetical retirement age, that quitting was the last thing that I was going to do. I have lived a pretty full and adventurous life, receiving an informal education at that famous establishment, the School of Hard Knocks.

How many of you over-fifties wish you could put that special story or great adventure on paper before it’s too late? Well you can now and here’s the place to do just that.

It has been said that every man over the age of fifty owes it to his children to write his biography. How I would love to have known more about my own father, who died when I was six months old. Sadly, apart from one photo, I have nothing of his life to pass on to my children. If only he had taken a little of his time to put on paper a few – however trivial -details of his past, which I could remember him by.

Writing an account of your life or sections of it does not mean that you have to produce a tome or a number one, Best Seller. Your story can be a singular or a series of the important or special incidents or adventures experienced in your own or your family’s life.

Should you have served in the armed services, the police or in the diplomatic corps, you must have experienced incidents or lived adventures you’d like to pass on. How many of you worked for your own, or even someone else’s government? There’s some great stories still to be told which took place during your professional careers or in your private lives and it’s not just your kin that want to hear them.

Perhaps you have a hotel, restaurant, bar, monastery, jail, safe house experience or even a book you want to write. Why not share those stories. People are waiting to read about them.

Do not put it off – put it on paper.

Peace Corps Volunteer? What is it Really Like?

Here is some information about what it is like to be a Peace Corps volunteer.

Is the Peace Corps a way to get a low budget vacation? Not exactly. You will indeed get to travel and see a fascinating part of the world you would probably never see otherwise. However it is also hard work, it is called volunteer work for a reason. But if you are not afraid of good honest work that helps people and makes the world a better place, then you might find the Peace Corps a wonderful adventure that you will never forget.

If you are in a situation where you really want to make a difference in the world but are unsure about how to start, you’ll find that the Peace Corps may be perfect for you. The Peace Corps is an organization that is made to promote world peace and friendship, and it’s members are all dedicated to serving that cause, but while this is a commendable goal, it does not necessarily give you a clear idea of what you can do in the Corps itself. Take a look at a few of the positions that are offered in the Peace Corps, and you will begin to see how much ground this organization actually covers!

Education,Youth Outreach, and Community Development

You’ll find that some volunteers in the Peace Corps are dedicated towards the young people of nations in need. They will take on training teachers of the country that they happen to be, and they will also take the time to make sure that there is critical thinking happening in the classroom. Not only are basic subjects like math and science taught, you will also find that Peace Corps volunteers will be working on things like health education and awareness of the environment.

Environmental Volunteers

Environmental volunteers will have more of a focus on the natural world, and their duties can run the gamut from educating a community of green practices to planting trees. This area of interest can cover a great deal, and brings in people from many different backgrounds.

Agriculture

Some Peace Corp volunteers choose to work primarily in agriculture, and their main goal is to increase food production while still staying true to appropriate environmental conservation practices. Once again, they can be involved in education or in actually helping in the fields themselves.

Information Technology

People who volunteer in the Peace Corps in the field of Information Technology will find that they are helping various communities work on computer and multimedia skills. They will work on things like record keeping, the development of regional databases and generally helping communities get connected on a local to a global level.

Business Development

Business development is perhaps one of the most varied volunteer opportunities offered by the Peace Corps, and people who choose this direction can find themselves working in cooperatives, women’s groups, youth groups, general education and even government offices.

HIV/AID relief

The role of individuals who choose to volunteer in this category is meant to provide hope and meaningful assistance to people who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. This can involve everything from education, to administration of medicine to counseling.

Health

Volunteers in the Peace Corps may also find that they are in a position to help educate the people around them and to promote awareness of immediate and far-reaching health issues. They might involved in helping spread safe drinking water practices, or getting out information about vaccinations and proper nutrition.

A Beginner’s Guide To Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

STEP ONE. Ensure that you have learnt the basic terms found in travel insurance policies. Learning the difference between ‘single trip cover’ and ‘annual cover’, or ‘golf cover’ and ‘winter sports insurance’ will help you to base your decision on your own specific needs.

STEP TWO. Now that you understand the basic terminology, you can start to assess your own needs. Think about what kind of traveller you are, where you’ll be going, and what kind of risks you might come across. It’s vital that you don’t miss this step, as you need to know that you’re covered for all eventualities.

STEP THREE. It’s also important that you understand the more complex terms used in travel insurance. This way, when you’re faced with the full policy wording you won’t be caught out by any industry mumbo jumbo. Try having a look at some sample policies online, which most insurance companies now provide.

STEP FOUR. Do some investigation amongst your nearest and dearest, finding out why they chose their policies. Do remember, of course, that every traveller has specific needs and requirements for their holiday, so you can’t rely entirely on the advice of others. However, this can be an easy way to begin your search.

STEP FIVE. These days, it seems like everywhere you go you’ll always come across adverts for price comparison sites. Though the adverts are generally quite annoying, comparison sites can actually be very helpful in letting you view the pros and cons of different policies side by side. Don’t be tempted to rely on them completely, but do have a look at them to see if they can answer any questions your research has opened up.

STEP SIX. Never underestimate the importance of research. Whilst advice from friends, family and comparison sites can seem very helpful, it is ultimately down to you to get the top deal out there for your trip. Research may feel a bit arduous at the beginning, but you’ll be thankful of it should you need to make a claim on your policy after your holiday.

In the end, it’s really quite simple to sort out your travel insurance policy. To get the best deal possible you will have to put in a bit of time and effort, but at least then you relax, certain that your holiday is in safe hands.