January Group Departures

We still have spaces left on our group departures in January 2015 on selected projects.

As a past participant I have personal experience on how valuable it is being able to share the experience with like-minded others. I had the best time on my gap year and strongly believe the friends I made in the group were a big part of that.

If you would like to travel with a group we have the following options for January 2015…


Volunteer teaching in Tanzania

Teach English in primary or secondary schools becoming a member of a close-knit village community.

Departure: January 20th

Duration: 3 months (shorter trips available)

Hollie, Fiona and Fanny

“It is such a rewarding programme. The children and staff are so grateful for your help and you will learn so much about their culture as well as about yourself. It’s life changing!” Hollie Fleming, January 2014





Childcare volunteering in Tanzania

Volunteer with children in orphanages or care centre bringing fun and laughter into their lives as well as emotional support.

Departure: January 20th

Duration: 3 months (shorter trips available)

“People should do this because “it is the most amazing experience you could imagine and is worth every penny.  Once in a lifetime opportunity to mature into a worldly interesting young person!!  I’ve changed in a million ways for the better!” Amy Hall, January 2012




Medical internship in Tanzania

Shadow doctors and nurses in a District Hospital gaining valuable experience on a variety of wards.

Departure: January 20th

Duration: 3 months (shorter trips available)

Oyster Medical volunteer - Rosie“It’s a great opportunity for medical work experience, the longer you stay at the hospital the more they trust you and the more they will allow you to get involved in. It makes you really appreciate all that you have and teaches you to live a pretty basic life!” Rosie Ivory, January 2013




Teach and trek in Nepal

Shadow doctors and nurses in a District Hospital gaining valuable experience on a variety of wards.

Departure: January 28th

Duration: 4 months (shorter trips available)

Teach English in Kathmandu Valley and experience an exciting package of trips including treks, tours, rafting and safari.

Rebecca's last day at school in NepalWhy should people do this? “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You gain a whole new understanding of a culture when you immerse yourself in it. If you want to make an impact in another community and get a taste of the true culture, Oyster’s Nepal program is perfect. It provides just enough time to experience Nepal and contribute to the community you live in without being away for too long.” Rebecca Lawrence, January 2014 for 4 months




Childcare volunteering in Romania

Volunteer with children in homes, hospitals and schools around the city of Brasov bringing laughter in their lives through games and support.

Departure: January 9th

Duration: from 4 weeks

Childcare volunteering in Romania“Romania was amazing – I didn’t want to leave! Highlights included making the kids smile and spending time with them, taking some of the kids from the orphanage out on trips (which they cannot do very often) and learning about Romanian culture and trying traditional Romanian food” Hannah Forrest, 8 weeks May 2014




Medical internship in Romania

Volunteer alongside a mobile medical unit travelling around the homes of Brasov city gaining hands on medical experience.

Departure: January 9th

Duration: from 4 weeks

Childcare volunteering“My brother and I were privileged to take part in one of the most informative, interesting and well-designed programs either of us have ever experienced. We were introduced to 6 medical and social welfare organizations and offered unique opportunities with each group. From adolescent orphanages to outpatient medical NGOs” Eric and Jack LeGresley, 3 weeks August 2014




Wild elephant conservation in Namibia

Work as a team and join an important conservation mission to protect local water supplies from wild elephants.

Departure: January 11th

Duration: from 2 weeks

“I visited this project in June 2014 and was very excited to see the amazing work being done with building and elepahnts. Learning to build a wall, cook over a fire and track elephants were amoungst the many highlights”. Anne Smellie, 2 weeks June 2014




Sports coaching in South Africa

Coach your favourite sports in South African townships improving their sporting ability and teamwork.

Departure: January 17th

Duration: from 5 weeks

Sports coaching in South Africa“I’m having an absolutely amazing time here in south africa! I’ve made some really good friends and after we finish the sports coaching we’d like to do a weeks travelling to Cape Town. The coaching is going great – it’s so rewarding and the social life with the other volunteers is so good too, Thanks again from sunny Africa!” Emily Darroch, 5 weeks January 2014



Childcare volunteering in South Africa

Volunteer in schools and nurseries encouraging the children to learn and develop their English.

Departure: January 17th

Duration: from 5 weeks

Childcare volunteering“It was the best 5 weeks of my life and I WISH I had extended. I’m home now and wish I was still there! I can only thank you a million times for all your help and support throughout the trip. I loved it all!” Amy Revelle, 5 weeks September 2014




Volunteer with lions and other big cats in South Africa

Volunteer at LIONSROCK the largest cat sanctuary in South Africa conserving lions, tigers, cheetahs and leopards.

Departure: January 12th

Duration: from 4 weeks

Volunteer with lions in South Africa“It was hard to leave the animals and the incredibly great people in LIONSROCK. I miss the animals already insanely, even if they seem very close to me through pictures and videos. But I know that I will return as soon as possible to LIONSROCK. Even if it will be possible in time and financially until next year.” Tanja Kaim, 4 weeks, January 2014




Become a Game Ranger in South Africa

This exciting course combines both practical work as well as fascinating theory- the end goal is to gain your ‘Field Guide Association South Africa’ level 1 qualification.

Departure: January 26th

Duration: 8 weeks

Game ranger course in South Africa“The experience was great, oyster were incredibly helpful as a company, and far more informed than any other company I’ve travelled with before. The project itself was so much fun, and unbelievably educational, I haven’t learnt that much in such a short space of time ever.” Shane Capper, 8 weeks June 2014



If you would like more information on any of the above please give us a call on +44 (0) 1892 770 771 or if your keen to take part fill in our online application form!

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