Animal Welfare

Animal conservation volunteering allows you to help an incredibly worthwhile cause. Volunteer abroad with animals to help promote the quality of life of many endangered or mistreated creatures. Oyster works closely with leading and influential animal welfare projects and NGOs, promoting conservation and charity work abroad. Get rewarding experience as a conservation volunteer with jobs working with animals from bears to lions, elephants to orangutans, or turtles to monkeys.

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Thailand - Diving and marine conservation in Thailand

Diving and marine conservation in Thailand

Help conserve the world’s depleting coral reefs as a marine conservation volunteer in Thailand. Immerse yourself in the underwater world completing daily dives off the stunning Thai island of Koh Phangan, all whilst helping with an important research and conservation project.

Most of the world’s coral reefs are under threat – and, without them, fish would eventually cease to exist. Play an active part in the efforts being made to halt this shocking decline, combining your passion for diving, conservation and travelling.

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Sri Lanka - Elephant conservation in Sri Lanka

Elephant conservation in Sri Lanka

Make a dream a reality working with elephants in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Help to promote the protection and survival of these endangered elephants in the depths of Sri Lanka’s stunning interior. Become part of an important initiative to help elephants and communities live together – and experience the incredible privilege of working with these gentle giants.

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Namibia - Elephant conservation volunteering in Namibia

Elephant conservation volunteering in Namibia

Become part of an important mission to unite people and elephants living in southern Africa’s vast and beautiful desert, the Namib. Help to track, monitor and protect wild elephants, all whilst working alongside local people to protect their water supplies from these gentle giants.

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Thailand - Elephant sanctuary volunteering in Thailand

Elephant sanctuary volunteering in Thailand

Work closely with rescued Asian elephants in this inspiring elephant sanctuary in Thailand. Liberated from lives begging in the streets of Bangkok, these elephants have now found a home in the beautiful and sprawling grounds of this sanctuary. Helping with their feeding, care and bathing, you’ll be actively contributing to improving their lives and welfare.

Also on site is an remarkable wildlife sanctuary, home to sun bears, monkeys, gibbons, macaques and much more. If you would like to lend a helping hand with these other mistreated and amazing animals, we can arrange for at least a week of your time to be spent helping with the other wildlife too.

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South Africa - Game Ranger course in South Africa

Game Ranger course in South Africa

Take your first steps on the path to working with wildlife in Africa with this well-regarded game ranger course. Live the life of a trainee game ranger on a lush reserve, home to Africa’s Big 5. Your course will combine both practical work out on the reserve, as well as the fascinating theory behind it.

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Malaysia - Orangutan conservation in Malaysia and Borneo

Orangutan conservation in Malaysia and Borneo

Help to improve the lives of orangutans in inspiring locations on mainland Malaysia and on the stunning island of Borneo. Actively care for these great apes in a primate centre near Kuala Lumpur, before heading into Borneo’s jungle to observe them in their natural habitats.

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Thailand - Turtle conservation volunteering in Thailand

Turtle conservation volunteering in Thailand

Encourage the survival of turtles on one of Thailand’s islands remotest islands with clear blue seas and stunning landscapes. This is a real opportunity to contribute to the efforts of the local community, preserving these special creatures. This includes the giant leatherback – the largest species of turtle on earth!

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South Africa - Veterinary experience in South Africa

Veterinary experience in South Africa

Immerse yourself in the life of a vet on a Big 5 game reserve, shadowing a vet and other wildlife specialists getting hands-on in basic care. Get to grips with checking on the health and well being of the animals, all whilst living in the heart of a lush reserve home to hundreds of species of animals. This experience is fantastic for those looking to learn more about living and working on a game reserve in a veterinary capacity.

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South Africa - Veterinary internship in South Africa

Veterinary internship in South Africa

Live the life of a mobile vet on this veterinary internship in South Africa. On the move between game reserves, farms and veterinary clinics you will gain a valuable insight into the veterinary world in a developing country. Explore the beautiful Eastern Cape whilst helping to improve the welfare of the animals living both in the wild, on farms and within disadvantaged communities.

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Borneo - Volunteer with bears in Borneo

Volunteer with bears in Borneo

Volunteer with sun bears, the world’s smallest species of bear, at an inspiring rehabilitation centre in Borneo. Taken illegally from the wild at a young age, these sun bears have been imprisoned as pets in tiny enclosures. Rescued from this cruel captivity, they now have the opportunity to start a new life living in freedom. Become a part of this moving journey of rehabilitation and giving these bears the life that they deserve.

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Romania - Volunteer with Bears in Romania

Volunteer with Bears in Romania

Help protect and conserve the world’s most beloved animal in Eastern Europe’s largest bear sanctuary. These abused bears have been given a new start in life and you can play a vital part in their recovery.

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Thailand - Volunteer with elephants in Thailand

Volunteer with elephants in Thailand

Preserve and improve the lives of the Asian elephant in the midst of the Thai jungle. Make a real contribution to a rapidly developing conservation organisation in Northern Thailand. Providing sanctuary to disabled, blind, and orphaned elephants that have been abused as working animals and used for street begging, you’ll actively be helping improve their lives and the conditions in which they live

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South Africa - Volunteer with lions in South Africa

Volunteer with lions in South Africa

Volunteer with the King of the Beasts in South Africa’s largest big cat sanctuary. Help to return these neglected and abused cats to the life of pride and majesty that they deserve in the rolling African plains. With plenty of lions, tigers, cheetahs and leopards, this is a cat lover’s paradise!

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South Africa - Volunteer with sharks in South Africa

Volunteer with sharks in South Africa

Take a trip on the wild side as a volunteer with sharks in South Africa. Become part of an exciting expedition to discover more about the great white shark, the world’s favourite misunderstood creature. Spend your days out on the water observing the sharks and contributing to forward thinking shark conservation and eco-tourism programmes. Not close enough? Tick an item off the bucket list and go cage diving with sharks too!

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Costa Rica - Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica

Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica

Volunteer in wild coastal areas of Costa Rica with a local charity, protecting adult and baby turtles from extinction. Live life on the beach, enjoying the beauty of the country, the turtles and the friendly communities. Get involved in the local community, from teaching children to conserving the beaches to get a real glimpse of life in rural Costa Rica.

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Borneo - Wildlife conservation volunteering in Borneo

Wildlife conservation volunteering in Borneo

Help to protect and regenerate wildlife habitats and rainforest alongside the beautiful and meandering river Kinabatangan. Spend your days out on the river monitoring the local wildlife, from orangutans to pygmy elephants, as well as replanting and conserving their jungle home. This is a real opportunity to live in a small remnant of paradise – and help to keep it that way.

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Thailand - Wildlife sanctuary volunteering in Thailand

Wildlife sanctuary volunteering in Thailand

Help, preserve and protect over 400 neglected animals at this wildlife haven. Become part of an important mission to rescue wild animals from neglect and abuse, giving them a home in this amazing sanctuary, or even back in the wild. From bears to birds, from monkeys to gibbons, you will make a valuable contribution to this moving venture.

Also on site at the sanctuary is an elephant refuge with limited space for volunteers. As part of your project we shall endeavour to arrange at least one week for you to help with these mistreated gentle giants.

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Malaysia - Zoo assistant internship in Malaysia

Zoo assistant internship in Malaysia

Immerse yourself in the life of a zoo keeper working alongside experts at a leading Malaysian zoo. Gain first hand experience working with primates, sun bears, elephants, tigers and much more, all whilst actively promoting animal welfare and improving the lives of these exotic creatures.

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