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Live 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.

Take the first steps to becoming a game ranger on this amazing 8 week course, working towards the highly regarded FGASA Field Guide 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.

A shocking 33% of food that is produced worldwide each year goes to waste. This project aims to tackle food waste in its own small way by collecting unused food from supermarkets and restaurants – and redistributing it to some of the poorest people within Lisbon.

Step off the trodden tourist trail and into the heart of 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.

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 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, you will be preserving these creatures and their habitat for generations to come. This is a once in a lifetime experience to live in a small remnant of paradise, immersing yourself in a way of life that has all but been forgotten.

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.

Experience the 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.

Volunteer with endangered white rhinos, recently reintroduced to Uganda after they were tragically poached to extinction in the 1980s. 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.

Volunteer abroad in conservation for a worthy cause

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 humans. On our conservation projects you can also 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. You can also help out with reducing food waste, reducing single use plastic and rescuing our planet from ourselves. Conservation volunteers can make an amazing contribution on a gap year, career break and on holidays with a difference.

This is a great way to experience living and working in a foreign country and at the same time doing something for a worthwhile cause. Our projects are open to people from all walks of life – whether you are taking a gap year, want to do a holiday with a difference or are looking for something to do in retirement, you are a welcome asset to our projects. For those who are looking for work experience, conservation volunteering abroad will greatly enhance your CV and demonstrate to future employers that you are intrepid, hardworking and mindful of the world around you. We have even had previous volunteers who have managed to secure paid work abroad with animals after joining on of our projects.

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

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