Summer Trips

Stuck for time? Wanting to do a gap year or volunteering overseas, but not able to commit to a longer duration? If this is you, don’t despair! Why not spend your summer working abroad? We have lots of short term options that can be done for as little as 1 week and up to 15 weeks so that you can really make the most of your summer.

Please note: the summer months of June – September are a very popular time to travel. We strongly advise early booking to guarantee a place on the dates you would like. Advance booking also helps with budgeting and getting a good deal on  your flights.

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Nepal - Teach English in the Kathmandu Valley

Teach English in the Kathmandu Valley

This teaching programme is one of our originals. Nepal has welcomed Oyster volunteers since 2001 and our programme gives volunteers the opportunity to step off the tourist route and fully immerse themselves into Nepali culture. You’ll live with a local family and teach English in a village school.

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South Africa - Volunteer sports coaching in South Africa

Volunteer sports coaching  in South Africa

Coach football, netball, hockey, cricket, rugby, tennis, basketball or swimming in one of the world’s greatest sporting nations, bringing your love for sports into some of Africa’s poorest townships. Coach just one or a combination of these sports to improve not only the children’s sporting abilities and teamwork, but your own as well. If that’s not enough for you, you can even get involved with childcare and teaching!

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South Africa - Volunteer with kids in South Africa

Volunteer with kids in South Africa

Bring games, laughter and fun to disadvantaged children in schools or nurseries in some of Port Elizabeth’s poorest townships. Take enthusiasm and ideas to the classroom to get kids passionate about their education and their future – these kids are desperate to learn, and your time as a volunteer will help not only with their studies, but their life chances too.

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Costa Rica - Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica

Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica

Get off the beaten track to live on a beautiful Costa Rican beach, protecting the turtles that nest and hatch on the golden sands. Become part of the local rhythm, immersing yourself in community life and beach life alike as you make a genuine contribution to marine conservation. Pura vida!

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Romania - Volunteer with Bears in Romania

Volunteer with Bears in Romania

Volunteer at Eastern Europe’s largest bear sanctuary, helping to care for the world’s most beloved animal. Watch the bears enjoying their newfound freedom as you look after their basic needs in this beautiful woodland haven. Romania is described by many of our volunteers as “Europe’s hidden gem”, and with its vast number of outdoor, historical, cultural and city pursuits, you won’t want to leave!

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Romania - Medical Internship in Romania

Medical Internship in Romania

Looking for hands-on and valuable work experience in the medical field? This highly rated medical internship gives you varied medical experience working on a mobile medical unit and within a children’s hospital. Work in a variety of medical settings and with a mixture of cases, shadowing doctors and nurses and actively contributing to the care of the patients.

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Australia - Conservation Volunteering in Australia

Conservation Volunteering in Australia

Experience parts of Australia that many will never get to see by taking part in outback, rural and urban community projects with other enthusiastic volunteers. Chose from 11 gateway cities stretching across this vast land, and why not combine more than one?

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Romania - Volunteer with Children in Romania

Volunteer with Children in Romania

Volunteer with vulnerable children in care, bringing love, laughter and hope to these young lives. Our volunteers have described this project as inspiring and meaningful, as the work that is being done will genuinely help to change these children’s lives. Play with the kids, help them improve their English, bring them laughter and most importantly of all, be a friend to them.

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South Africa - Veterinary experience in South Africa

Veterinary experience in South Africa

Gain unparalleled access to wildlife experts on a Big 5 game reserve, home to some of the most magnificent mammals on this planet. Shadow a vet on their rounds of the on-site rehabilitation centre and get stuck in to the veterinarian’s role on the wider game reserve – from darting animals to doing game captures, from health checks to autopsies.

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Thailand - Wildlife sanctuary volunteering in Thailand

Wildlife sanctuary volunteering in Thailand

Bears, birds, orangutans, monkeys, gibbons, deer, otters – and much more! – are being cared for by volunteers like you at this inspiring sanctuary on the outskirts of Thailand’s largest national park. Help to look after over 400 neglected animals, rescued from the cruel tourist trade, and brought to this sanctuary to recover. If that isn’t enough of a draw, there is even an on-site elephant sanctuary that you may be able to help at too.

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South Africa - Wildlife conservation experience with the Big 5

Wildlife conservation experience with the Big 5

Live life on the wild side and get stuck in to the life of an assistant game ranger on a stunning game reserve, home to Africa’s Big 5. Enjoy the thrills of taking a safari, all whilst helping to promote the survival of African flora and fauna. Experience the lions roaring, elephants trumpeting and antelope running as you work out and about on the reserve each day.

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Thailand - Diving and marine conservation in Thailand

Diving and marine conservation in Thailand

Become a research diver on an important marine conservation project in Thailand. Get involved in daily dives to explore the health of the marine environment just off the stunning island of Koh Phangan. Suitable for new and experienced divers alike, this project allows participants to play in active role in tackling marine decline, all whilst enjoying the wonders of life under the sea.

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Malaysia - Orangutan conservation in Malaysia and Borneo

Orangutan conservation in Malaysia and Borneo

Work with orangutans in two stunning settings, assisting with orangutan welfare and habitat restoration. Actively be part of the orangutan care programme in a primate centre in mainland Malaysia, before heading out into Borneo’s rain forest to help protect and monitor these graceful creatures in the wild. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to volunteer with orangutans in one of the most stunning settings on the planet – don’t miss it!

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South Africa - Volunteer with elephants in South Africa

Volunteer with elephants in South Africa

Become part of an elephant research team, monitoring these gentle giants in their daily lives together. The project is located in a beautiful park, where you will be working closely with orphaned elephants as they recover from previous trauma and stress. In your free time, explore the stunning Garden Route and immerse yourself fully in this wonderful corner of Africa.

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Make your summer holiday count!

Why not use the mini gap between the end of school and start of university or college productively? Oyster offer a huge range of short term volunteering programmes abroad.  Take part in a worthy cause such as animal or wildlife conservation projects on several continents around the world. Enhance your C.V. by teaching in Tanzania, or obtain unique medical work experience volunteering in a Romanian hospital.  If you are planning to take a course that involves many years of study, or one that doesn’t accommodate a full year of time out, then this may be a great option for you. Use this time to create an amazing experience and travel somewhere in the world that you may never get the chance to visit again!