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 - 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ecuador - Wildlife sanctuary volunteering in Ecuador

Wildlife sanctuary volunteering in Ecuador

Walk into the wilderness and help to care for rescued wildlife in this inspiring sanctuary located on the edge of the Amazon rain forest. Work with over 200 animals from monkeys to forest cats, from birds to caimans, from tortoises to rodents, and much more. You will see these mistreated animals fully enjoying their new life in this wildlife haven, and be able to contribute to this ongoing venture.

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Volunteering with Animals overseas

Volunteer work abroad with animals gives you the rewarding opportunity to help bring recognition to many endangered or mistreated animals. You will reap the benefits of living in one of our amazing locations and you will be able to work alongside animals that many will never experience seeing in real life. Depending on how much time you can commit to, we offer short life-changing programmes, or longer ones that you can really engage with. There are also opportunities for internships to develop veterinary skills and for those to gain field guide qualifications.  All of our programmes offer a great experience if you are thinking of a career that involves working with animals, and this is a great way to develop new skills. You may be working in fields such as scientific research, rural conservation, general animal care and photography. These projects will enhance your CV for future job prospects and university applications by demonstrating your confidence in living abroad and contributing to a worthwhile cause.