Why volunteer abroad?

Volunteering overseas is becoming an increasingly important way to see the world. For those who crave a real experience and to contribute something whilst travelling, volunteer travel is quite possibly one of the best ways to immerse yourself culturally and to know that you are doing something incredibly worthwhile.

Why volunteer abroad?

Volunteering abroad can change your life. It gives you the opportunity to learn new skills, immerse yourself in unfamiliar cultures and develop as a person. On top of this, it is a fantastic way to travel and see the world, experiencing destinations in a way that is impossible on the heavier trodden backpacker route, all the while giving something back to local communities.

With Oyster, you can do voluntary work overseas in a project that suits you, for the amount of time you prefer. We offer a wide variety of volunteering projects abroad and different timescales so volunteers can find the perfect project for them. Whether you choose to become a volunteer teacher in Nepal for 16 weeks, or you prefer to help with turtle conservation in Costa Rica for just a week, you will come away with memories you will cherish forever and an experience of a lifetime.

You may have a specific destination in mind, you might have a particular volunteering project that you have always wanted to be involved in, or you might just be an adventurous soul who wants to see the world from a different perspective. Whatever your motivation, Oyster can help you find the perfect volunteer project and guide you along the route to the experience of a lifetime.

For some great volunteer projects overseas, have a look here for some inspiration:

Alternatively, do pick up the phone. We are always delighted to answer questions and help you to decide what might be the best volunteering projects for you.

“Volunteering abroad on a gap year is something that really makes you stand on your own two feet and gets you out of your comfort zone (something employers like to see). It can also really help you discover yourself and find out what ‘makes you tick’.”

Will Koops, Tanzania volunteer, 2011