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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 other lay students, learning first hand what life is like in this part of the world.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a youth charity in the UK. It was founded in 1956 with the aim of inspiring young people to get involved with activities and challenges that promote self-development. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is open to anyone aged 14-24. Oyster Worldwide is an Accredited Activity provider. For people who are currently looking to complete the residential section of their Gold DofE award, we have a range of programmes that would provide a perfect opportunity overseas. These programmes will provide you with the opportunity to broaden your horizons, meet a group of like-minded friends and to gain new skills. From volunteering to internships, there are lots of different options to choose from!

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