Summer Trips

If you are wanting a gap year adventure, to study abroad or volunteer overseas, our summer trips are the perfect way to get that experience without a long duration commitment. Our varied list of overseas programmes can be done for as little as 1 week and up to 15 weeks.  Why not make the most of your summer by spending those months doing something really productive like volunteering or gaining experience working abroad?

Please note: the summer months of June – September are really popular for travel. We strongly advise early booking to guarantee a place on your preferred dates. Advance booking also helps with budgeting and getting the best deals on flights!

Portugal - Volunteer DIY and construction in Portugal

Volunteer DIY and construction in Portugal

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.

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Portugal - Food waste reduction volunteering in Portugal

Food waste reduction volunteering in Portugal

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.

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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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Nepal - Women’s empowerment volunteering in Nepal

Women’s empowerment volunteering in Nepal

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.

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Ghana - Sports coaching in Ghana

Sports coaching in Ghana

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.

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Thailand - 12-day backpacking tour of Thailand and Laos

12-day backpacking tour of Thailand and Laos

See the very best of South East Asia on this affordable 12-day backpacking tour of Thailand and Laos. As well as the must-see highlights, spend time exploring the less-known parts of these amazing countries. Jam-packed with activities, there is something for every type of traveller.

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China - Backpacking tour of China

Backpacking tour of China

China is mind-blowing. The vast country is bursting with adventure, history, culture and beauty. Due to its incredible size and its varied inhabitants, China never fails to impress. Whether you are new to China or not, this tour is a great way to see the iconic sites of this exciting country.

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Japan - 13 day backpacking tour of Japan

13 day backpacking tour of Japan

Japan is a must-see destination! Mixing modern cities, traditional cultures and stunning views, Japan is jam packed with things to see. Known for being an expensive destination, this 13 day adventure gives you the opportunity to see all of the iconic sites and experience life off the beaten track on this affordable tour of Japan!

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India - 2 week pre-medical experience in Delhi

2 week pre-medical experience in Delhi

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.

 

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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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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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Thailand - Elephant sanctuary volunteering in Thailand

Elephant sanctuary volunteering in Thailand

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.

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South Africa - Volunteer sports coaching in South Africa

Volunteer sports coaching  in South 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!

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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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Romania - Medical Internship in Romania

Medical Internship in Romania

Looking for hands-on and valuable work experience in the medical field? This highly rated medical internship 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.

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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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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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Australia - Farm work in Australia

Farm work in Australia

Experience outback Australia and get paid doing it! Take part in a one week training programme involving horse riding, cattle work , motor biking riding and tractor driving. Hit the ground running with all your paperwork set up and start your working holiday visa with a guaranteed paid job.

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Nepal - Volunteer as a teacher in Nepal

Volunteer as a teacher in Nepal

Volunteer in Pokhara in Nepal, a city surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range and plenty of stunning lakes. Gain a unique insight into this amazing country and step off the tourist route by living with a host family and working in local schools.

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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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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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South Africa - Veterinary experience in South Africa

Veterinary experience in South Africa

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.

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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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South Africa - Volunteer with elephants in South Africa

Volunteer with elephants in South Africa

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.

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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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Romania - Art course in Romania

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.

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South Africa - Veterinary internship in South Africa

Veterinary internship in South Africa

Help to care for sick and injured animals in game reserves, vet clinics, farms and local communities on a mobile veterinary unit. See some beautiful sights and amazing animals in rural Africa, and make a genuine contribution to the welfare of local animals, and the livelihoods of the people who depend on them.

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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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Laos - Women’s empowerment volunteering in Laos

Women’s empowerment volunteering in Laos

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.

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Australia - Work in Sydney and Explore Australia

Work in Sydney and Explore Australia

Live and work in one of the world’s most iconic cities! Following a fantastic orientation week including a trip to the Blue Mountains and a 2 day surf camping trip, get support in setting up your admin and find paid work with access to an exclusive online job database!

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Canada - Summer Hospitality work in The Rockies

Summer Hospitality work in The Rockies

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..!

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Canada - Summer Hospitality work in Tremblant

Summer Hospitality work in Tremblant

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.

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Canada - Summer Hospitality work in Jasper

Summer Hospitality work in Jasper

Head to the Canadian Rockies with the guarantee of a hotel job before you leave home. Work hard and play hard as you earn money to spend on the extensive outdoor pursuits that this part of Canada has to offer throughout the summer.

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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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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 visit again.