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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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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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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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Malaysia

Wildlife Conservation Volunteering in Borneo

Growing human populations and increasing destruction of natural habitat is a constant risk to the survival of many incredible species. This programme is a great opportunity...

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Malaysia

Volunteer with Sun Bears in Borneo

Known for their extraordinarily long tongue and their small size, the sun bears are commonly referred to as the "cutest" bear in the world. Facing increasing threats from...

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Costa Rica

Volunteer with Turtles in Costa Rica

Spend some time in the wild coastal areas of Costa Rica. Work with a local charity to help protect adult and baby turtles. Facing extinction, turtles are increasingly at

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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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Thailand

12-day backpacking tour of Thailand and Laos

Travel to South East Asia for a 12-day adventure of a life time. The tour will take you to see the main tourist attractions and less well known hot spots for a memorable

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China

Earn money as an Au Pair in China

Earn money as an Au Pair in a vibrant Chinese city. You can go for 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 months and earn 1000 RMB ($160/£110) a month with a 6000 RMB completion bonus ($950/£675)....

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China

Backpacking in China

China - vibrant, busy and diverse. Explore the very best China has to offer on this affordable and exciting tour. Take in the amazing rural views, ancient culture and modern...

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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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Oyster Worldwide Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Living in the rainforest

This project is hard work, that can't be denied. But it is truly worth it.
The B&B I stayed in was good, for a rural village in Borneo; there were a couple of issues, but the project supervisor was able to resolve them fairly quickly. The food was delicious, despite my limitation of being vegetarian there was always plenty of choice. Each morning, the 20minute boat ride along the river is an amazing way to wake up, watching the forest wake up with you. We saw monkeys, hornbills, snakes, monitor lizards, orangutans and so many more. There was evidence of pygmy elephants in the area but they didn't appear while I was there. We worked at clearing a plot and planting trees, to eventually complete the tree canopy along the river bank.
This project is very rewarding, as there is evidence of animals using the plots planted years ago, proving that this conservation work is successful and appreciated by the forest residents. It is tough work in the heat, but knowing you are helping and supporting the wildlife is good motivation!

In addition to the conservation work, time is spent with the locals in the evenings and days off, which is a great way to experience the culture and expand your knowledge of other ways of life. Oyster Worldwide offers an amazing way to travel the world, keeping you safe while encouraging you to give something back to the community and immerse yourself in the local way of life.

Program: Wildlife Conservation Volunteering in Borneo

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Bears round 2

Having volunteered with sun bears in 2016, I couldn't wait to book another project working with bears. This project was a bit of a step up from sun bears, as they were only the same size as me!! This project allowed me to explore the city whilst spending the weekdays working up at the sanctuary. The volunteer supervisor, Razvan, was friendly and incredibly supportive for the duration of my stay. I was only in Brasov for three weeks, which was definitely not long enough, but I had the opportunity to get to know some of the bears and the other staff and volunteers. Although the staff speak limited English, the other volunteers all spoke excellent English. This meant we could chat while we worked, play music and get to know each other.
In the evenings and weekends we could explore the city. There are a couple of very nice restaurants, and Razvan was great in recommending places for us to try. After the first two weekends of sight seeing local castles, I decided to use my third weekend to go paragliding. It was amazing and if you have the time, definitely consider it!

I would highly recommend this project as a fantastic was to see the city of Brasov, whilst also giving something back to the country by helping with the care of the rescued bears. 4 weeks is enough to learn your way around the city and sanctuary, get to know the people and bears and settle into the routine. If you can stay for longer, it is 100% worth it!!

Program: Work with Brown Bears in Romania

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    8

Meeting the bears

As my first trip overseas, it was very ambitious of me to go to Borneo. It was terrifying. But Oyster helped me through every step of the process and after plenty of planning, asking questions and researching, I was just about ready to go. The transfer from airport to accommodation was timed perfectly, and on arrival I was welcomed by the project supervisor, Mark. He was friendly, helpful and reassuring. My first day of volunteering was difficult, as I was jet lagged and didn't adjust to working in the heat too well! But the whole team were great, they checked on me regularly and all of them were happy to take over my chores if I needed a break to sit down. I had an amazing two weeks with them, getting to know the bears and the people. Two weeks was just about enough to learn my way around, settle in and enjoy the time. I would definitely recommend a longer stay though! Minimum of 4 weeks, if you can!
Oyster were very helpful through the booking and travel processes, answering any small questions I had and providing extra information. As Anne has visited the animal welfare projects, she knows how they all work, accomodation and the people. It was very reassuring to know that it's all been checked, so I would be safe and well looked after, as I had only just turned 18! Overall, it was an incredible experience and I am going back to visit the bear sanctuary this summer to see how they're all doing. It's a great way to see a new country, immerse yourself in the culture and be part of an incredible team who are making progress in helping this beautiful bear species.

Program: Volunteer with Sun Bears in Borneo

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Life changing experience

Didn’t really do a lot of research before signing up for this programme but oyster made it a very seemless journey. Definitely an experience I won’t forget. Interacting and helping the locals was the best thing and seeing how our help out there actually made a difference. Can’t wait to go back

Program: Volunteer with Turtles in Costa Rica

  • Oyster Worldwide responded to this review March 23, 2018 at 3:34 AM

    Thanks for your review! We're really glad you enjoyed Costa Rica :)
    The Oyster Team

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

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