Hello, and thanks for making Amava part of your Discover Your Next journey. Whether your goal is making a little money, giving back or pursuing an exciting adventure, connecting with others can enhance the experience…and your health. Sure, the casual connections you can make quickly on social media can be convenient, informative and entertaining, but Oxford University anthropologist and psychologist Robin Dunbar has done the research and the math. In short, we need quality relationships that evolve over time. So, celebrate your people, stay open to new connections and live well.



If you’re looking for ideas to stay involved with other people, start with what you enjoy and care about:

If you know every crack in the sidewalk, where to get the best pastry or the ins-and-outs of the history of a region or city or town, you can make some money as a tour guide at home or abroad.

If time on the links with friends is what you’re after and you’re one of those irritatingly good golfers (what’s your secret, by the way?), you may be able to give lessons. Regardless of your handicap, there are all kinds of positions at golf courses, both municipal and private.

Do close connections with young minds make you smile? Then sign up for the warmest Valentine’s Day cards ever by joining the ranks of paraeducators.

If you’re a horse person, you can work with horse therapy professionals to change the lives of children with cognitive delays and veterans with PTSD.

How about getting to know a young person from a different country and learning about another culture? Whether or not you have kids at home, if you have a spare room in your house, consider hosting an exchange student.



Cross-Generational Relationships Can Be Beneficial And Fun

And for good reason. Sharing wisdom and experiences across generations is not only educational, but also truly energizing. In fact, this Gen-2-Gen concept is the newest trend in the volunteer world. Stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to work across generations. In the meantime, check in on our friends Millie & Boo, as they compare notes on what Millennials and Boomers are focused on, such as caregiving for loved ones, appearance v. substance and other deep-yet-amusing issues.

Millie: Boo! I got my tickets! I’m going to visit my sister in London!

Boo: Hey, that’s great! Do you want all my recommendations – restaurants, museums, day trips? I can make you a spreadsheet!

Millie: Um, that’s really sweet, thanks. But, no, I don’t want you to go to all that trouble. I’m not really a “checklist traveler” anyway.

Boo: A what?

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Inspiring Transition Narratives

Check out these accounts of real people describing the changes they made to stay engaged; learn how Kim Sommer went from Marketing Executive to Mom to Docent and how Roxanne Bozdog became a multi-organization Community Volunteer.

Interested in sharing your story? Send us an email!



On The Way Out…

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust