Conservation

We are becoming a lot more aware of the effects of our actions on the environment and the world around us. On our conservation projects you can make a genuine contribution to the work of animal conservation charities and organisations around the world, getting involved in projects from marine conservation research to environmental protection to wildlife conservation jobs. Conservation volunteers can make an amazing contribution on a gap year, career break and on holidays with a difference.

Portugal - Volunteer with wolves in Portugal

Volunteer with wolves in Portugal

Work closely with wolves in a beautiful sanctuary in one of Portugal’s National Parks. These shy creatures are no longer able to live in the wild after having been kept in zoos, traded illegally or hunted by humans. Help to provide care and a life as close to the wild as possible to the largest members of the much-loved dog family.

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Portugal - Marine conservation in Portugal

Marine conservation in Portugal

Actively help in the fight against plastics and rubbish clogging up our marine environment. On this project you will be doing daily dives to remove fishing gear, debris and plastics from the ocean around Lisbon. It is an amazing opportunity to make a difference and clean up our world.

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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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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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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 9 gateway cities stretching across this vast land, and why not combine more than one?

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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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Laos - Volunteer with elephants in Laos

Volunteer with elephants in Laos

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.

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Sri Lanka - Elephant conservation in Sri Lanka

Elephant conservation in Sri Lanka

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.

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South Africa - Marine conservation in South Africa

Marine conservation in South Africa

South Africa is home to the amazing Marine Big 5 – sharks, whales, dolphin, penguins and seals – and their existence is under threat. Spend your days out on the water, observing marine life, all whilst contributing to innovative shark conservation and eco-tourism measures. Help out at a penguin rescue centre and with beach clean ups to improve the damaged marine world. And if that’s not enough, why not tick something off the bucket list and go cage diving with sharks too?

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Thailand - Marine conservation in Thailand

Marine conservation in Thailand

Become a research diver on an exciting volunteer 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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New Zealand - Conservation volunteering in New Zealand

Conservation volunteering in New Zealand

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.

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Ecuador - Wildlife sanctuary volunteering in Ecuador

Wildlife sanctuary volunteering in Ecuador

Volunteer with over 200 exotic Amazonian animals in a beautiful rain forest sanctuary. From monkeys to forest cats, from caimans to birds, from tortoises to rodents, this wildlife haven is home to amazing animals aplenty. Contribute to their rehabilitation and care during the week, and explore this stunning corner of Ecuador on your weekends.

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Borneo - Volunteer with bears in Borneo

Volunteer with bears in Borneo

Head to Borneo, an island that has gone down in legend as one of the best places in the world for wildlife lovers. Volunteer with Bornean sun bears at a leading rescue and rehabilitation centre, watching them become accustomed to life in the wild, and helping them on this incredible journey to freedom.

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South Africa - Game Ranger course in South Africa

Game Ranger course in South Africa

Take the first steps to becoming a game ranger on this amazing 8 week course, working towards the highly regarded FGASA level 1 qualification. Live the life of a trainee game ranger on a lush game reserve, learning all about and participating in animal care, reserve management, game drives and more. If that’s not enough, your classroom is a Big 5 game reserve, with amazing animals at every turn.

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Borneo - Wildlife conservation volunteering in Borneo

Wildlife conservation volunteering in Borneo

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.

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Ecuador - Volunteer with monkeys in Ecuador

Volunteer with monkeys in Ecuador

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.

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Borneo - Borneo Orangutan Volunteering and Conservation

Borneo Orangutan Volunteering and Conservation

We have a particular affinity with these graceful and powerful great apes, and yet every day orangutans are threatened in their natural habitat by human interference. Help to make a positive difference to lives the of orangutans which have been taken from the wild at a young age for the illegal pet trade, or whose habitats have been destroyed by deforestation.

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Uganda - Rhino conservation volunteering and safari in Uganda

Rhino conservation volunteering and safari in Uganda

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.

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South Africa - Volunteer with lions in South Africa

Volunteer with lions in South Africa

Head to LIONSROCK, South Africa’s largest big cat sanctuary, to volunteer with lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards and other magnificent animals. Wake to the roar of the lions each morning, and immerse yourself in the daily life nurturing these animals, from monitoring to feeding, from enrichments to education. Witness the amazing sight of these big cats forming prides, and living a life as close to the wilderness as possible.

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Namibia - Elephant conservation volunteering in Namibia

Elephant conservation volunteering in Namibia

Experience rare desert elephants in the wild, helping these endangered animals and rural communities to co-exist in harmony. Enjoy all that desert life brings, from cooking over camp fires to sleeping under the stars, and throw yourself into the volunteer role, which includes tracking elephants, doing building projects and helping the local community.

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Galapagos - Conservation volunteering on the Galapagos Islands

Conservation volunteering on the Galapagos Islands

Giant tortoises that date back to the dinosaurs, sea lions that sunbathe next to you on the beach, glittering blue waters with amazing marine life – the Galapagos is undeniably one of the most biodiverse places in the world. Join a conservation mission that is working hard to preserve the fauna and flora on the Galapagos Islands, promoting its survival for generations to come.

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Volunteer abroad in Conservation for worthy cause

The definition of conservation is the act of preserving, guarding or protecting. Participating in volunteer work can be an excellent way of contributing to a number of environment causes and aiding in restoring areas that have been damaged by negative impacts. You can also volunteer abroad in animal and marine conversation projects with Oyster. All great ways to experience living and working in a foreign country and at the same time doing something for a worthwhile cause. It is very easy to obtain holiday visas to do this kind of work, and if you are not thinking of taking a full gap year, a great way to earn some experience for a couple of weeks before starting university. This experience will greatly enhance your CV and demonstrate to future employers that you are intrepid, hardworking and mindful of the world around you.

You can read more about Oyster’s conservation initiatives, and those that are taking place around the world in our top conservation initiatives article.