Marins Majors: a volunteer project to promote social inclusion among older adults and marine conservation

Marins Majors (Senior Marines) is a social volunteer programme designed for retired persons aged 65 or over and the conservation of marine biodiversity. Activities range from the daily tasks related to the conservation projects to environmental dissemination workshops and events. The Marins Majors volunteer programme is a unique opportunity for older adults to remain active and socially connected, and is also beneficial for their emotional and physical wellbeing.


An opportunity for active participation for our older adults  

This project, which was launched in 2023 by the Palma Aquarium Foundation and “la Caixa” Foundation, arose due to the need to identify innovative ways of integrating older adults into society and to offer them significant opportunities for participation. Indeed, according to the Spanish National Statistics Agency  (INE in its Spanish initials), by 2033, there will be more than 12.3 million people aged 65 or over in Spain – a staggering 25.2% of the total population.

Thirteen volunteers are currently involved in this project and the chance to enjoy a truly rewarding experience (find out more about their experience in this video).


A renewed social and environmental commitment  

In mid-April 2024, the Palma Aquarium Foundation and “la Caixa” Foundation renewed their commitment to social inclusion and marine conservation with the launch of a new edition of the  “Marins Majors” volunteer project. The agreement renewal was signed by   Debora Morrison and Joan Rams, Director and President of the Palma Aquarium Foundation, and  Rosa Adriana Martínez and Antonio Company, Manager and Director of Caixa Bank’s Mallorca I Business Centre.

Debora Morrison highlighted the multiple objectives of this initiative and the positivity it has managed to generate in all the parties involved. “This is a gratifyingly positive experience,  displaying a strong commitment to the environment and immensely rewarding for everyone involved: the  Marins Majors, our volunteers and even the staff and technicians at the Palma Aquarium. It is creating some very endearing connections”.  


If you’re aged 65 or over, SIGN UP!

If you’d like to take part in this initiative or simply find out more, please write to the Palma Aquarium Foundation at  conservacion@palmaaquarium.com. Together, we can promote social inclusion and contribute to conserving the marine environment. Join us in this vitally important mission!



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