Get hands-on with hundreds of monkeys and baboons in the world’s largest primate rehabilitation centre – prepare for plenty of monkey hugs! Become a surrogate parent to these mistreated and orphaned animals, helping them on their journey to a new life back in the wild.
Our projects for mature travellers are suitable for people of all ages and are carefully selected to offer accommodation and tasks that can be adapted if you have specific limitations – just let us know. Our projects can be done for as little as one week and for as long as 12 weeks. Whether you are retired, taking a career break or even just looking for a holiday with a difference, our projects can immerse you into local life overseas.
You will join a group of people from all walks of life, all working towards the same goal together. Whether you are passionate about animals and conservation, or keen to give a helping hand to underprivileged children, there are some amazing opportunities whatever your age.
Join an international team of volunteers who are working together to care for rescued elephants in an inspirational sanctuary. Together you will be helping these elephants to have a life as close to the wild as possible, a far cry from their previous lives working on the streets or in tourist camps. Highlights include bathing and walking the elephants, allowing you to really get to know these gentle giants.
Head to Delhi and work with street children in the centre of the city. This is a thoroughly worthwhile projet aimed at hard-working volunteers keen to make a real difference.
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!
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!
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.
Volunteer in Laos, teaching young Buddhist monks in beautiful Luang Prabang, a UNESCO Heritage town. Live and experience day-to-day life in an exciting, culturally rich town, next to the Mekong River. Work with young, novice monks and help them to improve their English, helping them to improve the employability in the future. By giving back to the community, gain a privileged insight into the Buddhist religion.
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 9 gateway cities stretching across this vast land, and why not combine more than one?
This is one of our best and longest running projects. Set up in 2002, the project was created to allow full Spanish immersion while volunteers assist with English in schools that want to improve the standard of English. This project is particularly popular with people looking for an adventure in Patagonia – a remote and stunning destination.
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.
Volunteer at a Tanzanian children’s village in the Karatu Region. This is a fantastic community based charity, set up to provide a permanent home for marginalised and vulnerable children. Volunteers can get involved with childcare, teaching or helping at the medical clinic.
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.
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, sport or art in a local school.
Step far off the trodden tourist trails and deep into stunning Sri Lanka, where elephants are still clinging on to life in the wild. Work closely with the local community to help promote the survival of the endangered Asian elephant, all whilst enjoying seeing these creatures roam in their natural habitat – a rare wonder.
Spend your days out on the water, observing sharks, dolphins, penguins, seals and even whales, all whilst contributing to innovative shark conservation and eco-tourism measures. Get to know this often misunderstood creature, and help to change general perception. And if that’s not enough, why not tick something off the bucket list and go cage diving with sharks too?
Join Oyster’s well respected youth center project in Brazil, Latin America’s largest and most extrovert nation and learn Portuguese. An immensely enjoyable volunteer position participating and helping in youth center activities ranging from cooking, dance and conversational English. Oyster seek volunteers who are motivated, selfless and willing to get involved for this challenging but fulfilling project.
Live with elephants in a beautiful lakeside rescue centre, surrounded by sprawling jungle and jagged mountains, and help to protect these endangered creatures. Work with elephants that have been rescued from the demanding logging industry, and witness baby elephants being cared for in the on-site elephant nursery. The elephant population in Laos, once known as the “Land of a Million Elephants”, is plummeting, and you can be part of the solution to this tragic problem.
Explore one of the most beautiful and untouched destinations on earth – New Zealand! Help local conservationists with their efforts to preserve some of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations. Chose from two gateway cities on the North Island and one on the South Island.
Head to Borneo, an island that has gone down in legend as one of the best places in the world for wildlife lovers, to help preserve the world’s smallest species of bear. Volunteer with Bornean sun bears at a moving rescue and rehabilitation centre, watching them become accustomed to life in the wild, and helping them on this incredible journey to freedom.
Step into the heart of Borneo’s rainforest, helping to regenerate habitats and monitor local wildlife, from orangutans to pygmy elephants and from primates to crocodiles. This is a once in a lifetime experience to live in a small remnant of paradise, immersing yourself in the local way of life and helping to preserve this magical area and its creatures for the future.
Get stuck in working with a wide range of cheeky primates at an inspirational rescue centre on the fringes of the Amazon rain forest. From spider monkeys to squirrel monkeys, from woolly monkeys to capuchin monkeys, help to provide for these rescued animals, enabling them to live a life as close to the wild as possible.
Head to the beautiful medieval city of Brasov to improve your art on this intensive one-week course. Work in a bright and airy studio, receiving expert tuition from a talented and passionate international artist. Explore the cobbled streets of Brasov’s old town, and venture into the foothills of the Carpathians to create your next masterpiece.
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!
Volunteer with endangered white rhinos, recently reintroduced to Uganda after they were tragically poached to extinction in the 1980s. Aid the team at the sanctuary to care for these rhinos, and understand the impact that their reintroduction is having to local biodiversity. After 10 amazing days at the rhino sanctuary, head off on a 3 day safari at Murchison Falls National Park to search for elephants, lions and leopards, before taking a cruise up the Nile to the foot of the impressive waterfalls.
Live in a stunning city, nestled in a valley between the Mekong River and majestic mountains and become part of a inviting and intriguing community. This is a fulfilling programme for volunteers looking to join a movement that aims to increase disadvantaged women’s access to education, helping to boost their future employability.