Volunteer on worthwhile childcare projects where the carers really need and appreciate your help. Interact, play and help the kids with basic English lessons – the kids will love you for it! You will probably never be hugged this much again!

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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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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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Laos - Volunteer teaching with monks in Laos

Volunteer teaching with monks in Laos

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.

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Chile - Teach English and learn Spanish in Patagonia

Teach English and learn Spanish in Patagonia

This is one of our best and longest running programmes. Set up in 2002, the programme was created to allow full Spanish immersion whilst volunteers assist with English in schools that want to improve the standard of English. This programme is particularly popular with people looking for an adventure in Patagonia – a remote and stunning destination.

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Brazil - Volunteer Sports Coach in Brazil

Volunteer Sports Coach in Brazil

Brazil – home to one of the world’s greatest football teams– is a fantastic place to volunteer as a sports coach. Teach football, rugby or athletics in Brazil and volunteer at a youth centre in São Paulo. Passion for sport is integral to Brazilian culture, making it an exciting country to teach sports. Participate in Portuguese lessons and practice your skills in the local area. If you love sport and want to immerse yourself in vibrant Brazilian culture- this programme is perfect for you!

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Canada - Whistler Blackcomb Ski School support jobs

Whistler Blackcomb Ski School support jobs

Experience the buzz of working in the heart of a busy snow school as a member of support staff for Whistler Kids. Depending on your experience, we have a variety of roles available. Choose from being a kitchen assistant, preparing meals for the students and instructors; work as a den master, or as an Outdoor Ranger supervising the outdoor play facilities.

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Nepal - Teach English in Kathmandu

Teach English in Kathmandu

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.

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China - Au Pair in China

Au Pair in China

Live and work in China as an Au Pair. Earn money while experiencing life in China as a local. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain tutoring experience while also exploring an incredibly diverse country.

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Brazil - Volunteer at an inspiring youth centre

Volunteer at an inspiring youth centre

Join Oyster’s well respected youth centre project in Brazil, Latin America’s largest and most extrovert nation and learn Portuguese. An immensely enjoyable volunteer position participating and helping in youth centre 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.

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China - China Adventure

China Adventure

A 26 week China experience for pre and post university students that combines teaching English in a school in China with exciting possibilities of learning Mandarin, Tai Chi and caligraphy – the best way to truly understand China and be much more than a tourist.

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China - Teach and Earn in China

Teach and Earn in China

Work for six months as an English teacher in China on a teaching programme that includes a Beijing induction and a good salary. This is a great opportunity to teach English, learn Mandarin and travel to see China’s unforgettable sights.

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Why work with children?

Children are energetic, noisy and heaps of fun.  Spend your gap year abroad working with children and you will love every minute of it. Help children to grow in confidence, develop skills and most importantly, feel supported. We have many childcare programmes that are looking for enthusiastic people to help out. You can choose to spend your gap year volunteering abroad and work with vulnerable children around the world. This is a worthwhile way to spend any career break or gap year. Alternatively, work abroad at a ski resort, complete a ski instructor course and teach on the nursery slopes.  Whatever you choose – you can guarantee there is no such thing as a dull day when working with children.

For more information about how we select our childcare programmes and support our volunteers, read our child protection and safeguarding policies.