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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.
Minimum duration 10 days.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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 700 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.

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 rescued 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.

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 projects.

See all aspects of Ghanaian life by reporting on day-to-day life and taking part in a varied journalism internship in Accra. Work for a newspaper, radio or TV station and get hands-on experience in the media industry.

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.

Education opens doors, making it one of the most important gifts you can receive. Take part in our women’s empowerment program in Luang Prabang, a UNESCO Heritage Site, and teach local Laos women English.

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.

Live with elephants in a beautiful lakeside rescue centre, surrounded by sprawling jungle and jagged mountains. 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.

Volunteer with over 200 exotic Amazonian animals in a beautiful rainforest 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.

Use your holiday to explore the best of South East Asia on one of our tours of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. The experienced guides will lead you on an adventure, covering the must-see highlights, as well as the lesser-known hot-spots. From white-water rafting to sleeping under the stars in a tree top house, this tour is guaranteed to be the trip of a lifetime!

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.

8 - 26 weeks

Au Pair in China

China is such a varied and exciting country – most travelers barely scratch the surface. As an Au Pair in China, you can experience living as a local in an extraordinary country – all while earning money!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Take part in a highly rated medical internship that gives you varied medical experience working on a mobile medical unit and within a children’s hospital. Work in a variety of medical settings and with a mixture of cases, shadowing doctors and nurses and actively contributing to the care of the patients.

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?

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. Become a construction volunteer to help improve these homes, making them safe, sanitary and comfortable. Learn DIY and construction skills and work under the careful guidance of an expert.

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.

Want to see a nation with real passion for sports? Travel to Ghana! Football is the most popular sport and when the national team – Black Stars win – the country erupts in celebration. However, football is not the only sport that is loved there. Head to Ghana and coach anything from netball to martial arts and work with people with genuine talent.

Head to Palampur, India – the land of lots of water and beautiful views of the Himalayas. Join our pre-medical program to gain valuable experience for your university application. Led by an experience leader, this project is perfect for students aged 16-18, looking to combine a medical internship with an Indian adventure.

Oyster Worldwide is an Approved Activity Provider for The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Residential Section.

Want to tour Japan without breaking the bank? Join our 13 day adventure, traveling from Tokyo, and learn what makes Japan so special! This backpacking Japan tour has been carefully created to ensure that your experience is authentic and different, while also making sure that you get to see the sites that make this iconic country so famous.

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.

Head to vibrant India and volunteer with worthwhile street children charity that is dedicated to providing safe spaces for street children in Delhi. Make a valuable contribution by helping to arrange fun and educational activities for children, encouraging them to develop new skills and friends.

Are you looking for a career in medicine? Our two week Delhi pre med adventure is perfect for students aged 16-18 years old who are looking to gain medical experience abroad. Join our group heading to the iconic capital city this summer and see why India is on so many travelers’ bucket list.

Oyster Worldwide is an Approved Activity Provider for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award.

Borneo has gone down in legend as one of the best places in the world for wildlife lovers. One of its most beloved species, the Bornean sun bear, is under threat of extinction, but you can volunteer to help tackle this tragic predicament.

China – one of the largest countries in the world – is not only huge, but also diverse. Join our 25-day tour and travel an epic 3,392 miles, taking in the very best that China has to offer. Short on time? Opt for our shorter 16-day backpacking tour instead. This affordable and jam-packed tour of China will take you through spectacular countryside and into the busiest cities in the world.

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.

Combining a stay in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Luang Prabang, with a unique volunteering experience, this project is perfect for any traveler interested in exploring Laos. Volunteer by teaching English to Buddhist monks and learn first hand what life in a monastery is like.

Experience the best of New Zealand’s North Island with a fantastic orientation including a trip to the beautiful Bay of Islands, Cape Reinga and a historic day of complete immersion into the rich Maori culture. Take full advantage of the support from our Auckland team who will be there to help set up bank accounts, tax file numbers and sim cards, and deliver detailed presentations on job finding. You will be entitled to 12 month assistance with paid work and lots of help in the most important part – travelling and having fun!

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!

Looking to see the best that India offers? Take part in a backpacking tour that will take you to the iconic highlights, as well as taking you to areas that are less explored. Choose to join either the 18-day tour of the north and west or opt for the shorter 13-day north India tour.

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.

Located in São Paulo, this fantastic project is perfect for people who are passionate about sport. Volunteer at a youth centre dedicated to helping local children stay off the streets. It is no secret that Brazilians love sport and that is why there is no better destination to travel to to share your own skills and coach!

Nepal – home to the tallest mountain and the deepest valley – is a country that everyone needs to visit at least once. Volunteer for women’s empowerment in Pokhara and take part in educational and health care initiatives. Live with a host family and other volunteers and witness first-hand the friendliness of the Nepali people.

Pokhara in Nepal is a dream location for volunteers looking for a city bursting with culture and beauty. Live in Lakeside a popular area in Pokhara and the start point of many world-famous treks. Teach English in Nepal in local school, working with incredible teams and energetic children.

Add extra meaning to your university holiday by taking part in our charity challenge trek and community project in Nepal. Raise money to support the work of the ADM Nepal Charitable Trust as you travel to Nepal, explore Kathmandu, trek through the Himalayas to Annapurna Base Camp, try your hand at white-water rafting and live with a local family whilst volunteering on a worthwhile community project. With such a variety of exciting activities crammed into a 4-week period, you will come away with many great memories, the satisfaction of completing a spectacular 10-day trek and the knowledge that all of your hard work and fundraising efforts have contributed to the important work of a small charitable trust.

Help to care for sick and injured animals in game reserves, vet clinics, farms and local communities on a mobile veterinary unit. See some amazing sights, help with some incredible animals and get unrivalled work experience on this internship in South Africa.

Volunteer in Brazil with children alongside a dedicated team at a youth center. Located in São Paulo, the youth center is a fantastic place for the local children to develop their skills and to meet new friends. Explore exciting, vibrant Brazil, while taking part in a worthwhile volunteering project.

Bring games, laughter and fun to disadvantaged children in schools or nurseries in some of Port Elizabeth’s poorest townships. Your enthusiasm will encourage the kids to be 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.

Sunny Sydney is the place to live and work for up to a year! Following a fantastic orientation week including a trip to the Blue Mountains and a 2 day surf camp weekend, get support in setting up your admin and find paid work with access to an exclusive online job database!

Are you excited by the potential of China and want to learn how to do business with the world’s fastest growing economy? Get fantastic work experience and learn Mandarin as an intern in Beijing or Shanghai.

Spend your summer living and working in the popular resort town of Banff in Alberta. You’ll be in the heart of all the action that Banff National Park has to offer. Make the most of your days off with all of the hiking, biking and water sports that are available. How are you going to afford this for a summer season? This is where the guaranteed job comes in!

Perfect your French language skills by spending a summer living and working in the resort of Mont Tremblant in Quebec. We will have a job lined up for you before you leave home, working in a restaurant in the resort. This is a great place to spend a summer, enjoying all that the region has to offer.

13 - 52 weeks

Farm work in Australia

Experience life as a jackeroo or jillaroo by completing an introductory farm work in Australia course in the vast and beautiful outback. Learn to ride dirt bikes and horses, muster and work with cattle, pick up fencing skills, use chainsaws and operate tractors. Oh, and did we mention you are guaranteed a paid job at the end of the programme?

Experience parts of Australia that many will never get to see by taking part in rural and urban community projects with other enthusiastic volunteers. Chose from one of 2 gateway cities or combine both Melbourne and Sydney. The choice is yours!

Volunteer with children bringing love, laughter and hope to young and disadvantaged 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.

1 - 1 weeks

Art course in Romania

Head to the beautiful medieval city of Brasov to improve your art on an 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.

Immerse yourself and your family in traditional Costa Rica, living in a remote village community alongside one of the most stunning stretches of beach that the country has to offer. Join a conservation team working to protect both nesting and hatching turtles off the Pacific Coast, working together to protect this endangered species.
Dates: Early July to mid-December
Suitability: Suggested minimum age of 5

Take your family off the beaten track and into the arms of hundreds of baby monkeys and baboons at a leading primate rehabilitation centre. It will be a family holiday to remember, nurturing these orphaned youngsters and preparing them for a life in the wild.
Dates: Throughout the year
Suitability: Appropriate for children aged 8+

Enjoy a holiday of a lifetime, volunteering as a family with rescued elephants in Laos. Hemmed in by a stunning lake and ringed by rugged mountains and straggling rain forest, the volunteer project is in an incredible setting for you to enjoy life off the beaten track. Work closely with these beautiful creatures each day to provide them with an amazing future.
Dates: Throughout the year.
Suitability: Appropriate for children aged 5+

You and your family have the rare opportunity to assist with the care of over 100 bears in Eastern Europe’s largest bear sanctuary. This makes for an amazing family holiday, as not only will you be volunteering closely with the bears in this stunning haven, but you will have the opportunity to explore this beautiful country and its fascinating history in your free time.
Dates: Throughout the year except Christmas / New Year
Suitability: Children must be 10+ at the point of departure

Take an unforgettable holiday with your family, getting far off the beaten track and away from the norm. As a family, you will volunteer in Thailand to care for rescued Thai elephants – not something that many families do on their summer holidays! Together you can help these rescued elephants to enjoy a life of freedom that they have not known before.
Dates: Throughout the year.
Suitability: Children must be 14+ at the point of departure

Contribute to a life-changing mission to restore hundreds of abused animals to health. You and your family will be caring for sun bears, monkeys, macaques, orangutans, deer, otter, birds and more at this growing wildlife sanctuary. An elephant sanctuary is just next door, so you can enjoy seeing these gentle giants too.
Dates: Throughout the year.
Suitability: Children must be 12+ at the point of departure

 

Come together with other intrepid families on this volunteer holiday in the verdant rain forest. Become part of the community, working alongside locals to help protect their natural environment and creatures within it. Witness orangutans and other amazing wildlife in their natural habitat– a sight you will never forget!
Dates: Monthly departures
Suitability: Appropriate for children aged 8+

Live a nomadic lifestyle in the Namibian desert, helping with community work and conservation as you go. Camp under a blanket of starts, cook over a camp fire, see the rare desert elephants roaming in their natural habitat and help a remote community. Guaranteed to be a family holiday like no other.
Dates: Set departure dates in July / August
Suitability: Children must be 8+ at the point of departure

Experience the thrill of seeing elephants living in the wild, and work together to help protect these majestic creatures. Not only will you be gaining a full cultural immersion, but you will be making a genuine contribution to the survival of elephants living in their natural habitat – a fantastic recipe for a family holiday in Sri Lanka.
Dates: Throughout the year.
Suitability: Appropriate for children aged 10+

Make your summer holiday count!

Why not use the mini gap between the end of school and start of university or college to hit the ground running with some valuable experience. Oyster offers a huge range of summer volunteer programs and summer jobs abroad.  Take part in a worthy cause such as an animal or wildlife conservation project with our fantastic volunteer organisations on several continents around the world. Enhance your C.V. by volunteering as a teacher, get involved in community development or obtain unique medical volunteering experience abroad. You can also work in Sydney or Auckland and gain a few dollars for the year ahead.

Increasing, numbers of school students are looking for overseas opportunities during their summer break. Volunteering abroad is a fantastic way to spend a meaningful summer, and animal welfare, conservation and teaching volunteer abroad projects are certainly becoming ever more popular. We cater for 17 year olds upwards.

Volunteer holidays are a great way to experience a gap year, yet with the flexibility of it being a short-term summer volunteer program. Summer volunteer projects can be done for as little as one week, but for up to 15 weeks.

You can in fact  join a wide range of summer volunteer programs throughout the year!  Summer program availability is a little more restricted than at other times, so we encourage you to book your summer volunteer abroad adventure early to guarantee your space. Program fees start from as little as £647 for one week.

If you are planning to take a course that involves many years of study, or one that doesn’t accommodate a full year out, then this may be a great opportunity for you to experience overseas travel. Use this time wisely to create an amazing experience and travel somewhere in the world that you may never get the chance to in the future.

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