Over 2 million people live in risk of poverty in Portugal, with almost 20% of those people living in houses that do not provide for their basic needs. Mobilise with other volunteers to help improve these homes, making them safe, sanitary and comfortable. Learn DIY and construction skills under the careful guidance of an expert, and help to make a difference to lives.
The DofE Award
Oyster Worldwide are accredited by The Duke of Edinburgh Award.
This means that you are able to put the time that you spend volunteering on the following overseas projects towards achieving the residential section of your Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award:
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.
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.
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.
Travel to Pokhara, Nepal and see for yourself why so many travellers fall in love with the stunning landscape. Join an empowerment project that aims to reduce the unemployment gap between men and women in Nepal. Teach local women English and skills that will help to increase their career prospects and self-esteem.
With Ghana, you can always expect the unexpected and this is just as true for the sports that you can find there. Football is the most loved sport, with many supporting their national team – the Black Stars. However, there are plenty of other sports that you could coach, from boxing to golf. Get involved with amazing local clubs and pass on your passion for sport.
Join our 2 week summer internship in Delhi. This internship is perfect for anyone aged 16-18, looking at a career in medicine. Gain useful medical experience, see some of the wonders of the capital of India and meet other like-minded medics.
If you are aged 16-18 and looking for a career in medicine look no further than this exciting, pre-medical Indian adventure. Situated in Palampur, surrounded by tea fields, you will get to see rural India at its best. Spend 2 weeks with like-minded pre-medical students and shadow fully qualified doctors and nurses. Spend your weekends visiting the local sites, including the Taj Mahal, on this fantastic all-inclusive project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coach football, netball, hockey, cricket, rugby, tennis, basketball or swimming in one of the world’s greatest sporting nations, bringing your love for sports into some of Africa’s poorest townships. Coach just one or a combination of these sports to improve not only the children’s sporting abilities and teamwork, but your own as well. If that’s not enough for you, you can even get involved with childcare and teaching!
Head to Delhi and work with street children in the centre of the city. This is a thoroughly worthwhile project 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. Live like a local as you make a genuine contribution to marine conservation.
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 Melbourne or Newcastle (New South Wales) or combine them both!
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.
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 center 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 project is perfect for you!
Gain unparalleled access to wildlife experts on a Big 5 game reserve, home to some of the most magnificent mammals on this planet. Shadow a vet on their rounds of the on-site rehabilitation centre and get stuck in to the veterinarian’s role on the wider game reserve – from darting animals to doing game captures, from health checks to autopsies.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Express route to gaining both your Level 1 and Level 2 ski instructor qualifications in awesome Whistler Blackcomb.
Gain your CSIA or CASI Level 1 and 2 qualifications as a skier or snowboarder on our professional 11 week course in Whistler Blackcomb – North America’s number 1 ski resort. Avalanche Skills Training (Level 1 and 2) is also included so you get to experience the backcountry as well!
Bag yourself a qualification as a ski or snowboard instructor whilst on holiday in Whistler Blackcomb. Our 4 week course is designed to give you all the training you need to pass the CSIA or CASI Level 1 instructor exam. AST Level 1 is also included.
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.
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.
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 program for volunteers looking to join a movement that aims to increase disadvantaged women’s access to education, helping to boost their future employability.
Australia’s famous beach culture, laid back attitude and of course surfing lifestyle is at your fingertips on this programme. Join other surf enthusiasts from beginners to pros and experience what it’s like to be a real Aussie!