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South Africa

Volunteering with Kids in South Africa

If you love kids, you will love this programme. Based on the coast of South Africa in Port Elizabeth, you will be working in the local townships either helping in nurseries...

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Australia

Farm Work in Australia

If you love adventure, why not spend some time in the Australian outback? Earn money and explore the real side of Australia that many tourists never get the chance to experience....

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Romania

Work with Brown Bears in Romania

Help to care for over 90 bears in Eastern Europe's largest bear sanctuary, located in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. The bears are being rehabilitated after years...

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Nepal

Volunteer as a teacher in Nepal

Kathmandu is a bustling, lively city and is a perfect base for travelers looking to explore the beauty of Nepal. Volunteer at a local school, based in Kathmandu, and teach...

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Japan

13 day Backpacking Tour of Japan

Japan is a top destination for so many reasons. It is exciting, fascinating and full of unexpected surprises. Our 13 day tour packs in all of the must-see sites, including...

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Canada

Paid Seasonal Work in a Canadian hotel

Work in Canada on your gap year or career break and help to fund an awesome social life and further travels. If you have the 'work hard, play hard' attitude, and love...

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Multiple Countries

Gap Year Travel with Oyster Worldwide

Interested in taking a gap year? Do it with an organization well regarded for its responsible travel and gap year travel opportunities - Oyster Worldwide. Whether you are...

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Canada

Become a qualified ski instructor & teach in the same season

Join our 4 week CSIA Level 1 ski instructor course in Whistler in November & then begin your pre-arranged job working for Whistler Kids - the Snow School for children at

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Thailand

Elephant Conservation Volunteering in Thailand

Elephants in Thailand have historically been treated as beasts of burden to help families earn a living. Until 1989, when the practice was banned, elephants were used in

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Laos

Volunteer with rescued elephants in stunning Laos

Volunteer with rescued elephants in Laos, helping to give them a life as close to the wild as possible. Work alongside these gentle giants, providing them with care, enrichment,...

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Romania

Intensive art course in stunning Romania

Spend one week in beautiful Transylvania, living in the vibrant medieval city of Brasov. Spend your days immersing yourself in art, under the careful tuition of an international...

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India

Pre-medical 2 week internship in India

Join one of our two summer internships this year, aimed at students looking to gain medical experience for their university applications. We have an internship available

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Laos

Women's empowerment programme in Laos

Luang Prabang, nestled next to the Mekong River, is a fantastic city to explore. As a UNESCO heritage city, it is renowned for its beauty. As a thriving tourist area,...

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Laos

Volunteer with monks in Laos

Laos is a must-see destination and Luang Prabang, a UNESCO heritage site, is a fantastic place to start! Located next to the Mekong River, it is a stunning city full of culture,...

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Oyster Worldwide Reviews

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    7

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    9

A strong desire to make this world better.

I have never been travel the world like a volunteer. But now, I can do it with peace and love. I like children and it is pleasure for me to give my experience for other. I have enough free time, so that's why I want to do something good for this Planet. I sure that this program is a great choice for me :)

Program: Volunteering with Kids in South Africa

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

The best time of my life

My time in South Africa is a time that will live with me forever. It was an amazing experience to the other side of the world to see how they live. The children there are amazing and despite teaching over there being hard, it was a thoroughly rewarding experience. I got to teach maths, english, geography, science and i ended up coaching some hockey as well. I took part in so many things that I had never done before: Skydiving, Safariing, Shark Cage Diving to name but a few and I also got a good taste of african culture, it was awesome!

Program: Volunteering with Kids in South Africa

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

One of the best experiences of my life

I spent three months volunteering at the bear sanctuary in Romania. The location and the work is done there is amazing, and truly inspiring. It was incredible to be so close to the bears on a daily basis, and to help directly in their welfare. We learned all about their backgrounds and how the sanctuary is working to protect bears in Eastern Europe. Romania itself is a stunning country, and it was great to be able to explore the mountains, the cities and the villages at the weekends. Oyster were fantastic and offered great support. I would not hesitate to recommend them.

Program: Work with Brown Bears in Romania

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Host Company

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Compensation

    9

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Professional Development

    9

  • Community

    6

Working on a cattle station

This programme was really tough but so rewarding. The training is really fun and you get to meet loads of people - most of my group was from the UK, Germany and Denmark. When I got to my job I learnt so much about cattle and improved my horse riding skills no end. Be prepared, it's hot, dusty and the hours are long- the food is basic and the cattle can be rough and sometimes dangerous! I got to save all my wages because there was nothing to spend them on. It was a great way to allow me to travel to Sydney, Alice Springs and go diving in the Great Barrier reef afterwards.The only problem was that I didn't want to leave- i'm coming back next year to visit my employers.

Program: Farm Work in Australia

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

An incredible volunteering experience and a trip of a lifetime!

I spent four months volunteering as a teacher in Nepal with Oyster and had an amazing time. The support and advice that I received from Oyster before the trip prepared me very well for the experience, and Basant, the in-country representative, was extremely friendly and approachable, and able to deal with any problems if they arose. I stayed with a lovely Nepalese family, who welcomed me into the community and made me feel like their own daughter, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being completely immersed in a very different culture. The teaching itself was well-organised, and a very rewarding experience. Going with a group of other Oyster volunteers from the UK was brilliant as it gave me a group of friends to explore Kathmandu and the rest of the country with at the weekends and in the school holidays. I made friends for life, and unforgettable memories - a highly recommendable programme!

Program: Volunteer as a teacher in Nepal