Oyster Worldwide - Gap and Responsible Travel Specialists

Oyster Worldwide

About

Oyster Worldwide is a respected gap year and responsible travel organisation. Since 2000, we have been sending volunteers and workers overseas on our exciting projects. Our friendly team is dedicated to providing a personal service, offering support through every step of your journey.

Our projects are located in 24 destinations and range from paid work in Canadian ski resorts to teaching English in Chile, from animal and welfare conservation in South Africa to working in the Australian Outback. Oyster can help you plan all of the details for the most exciting break away - we can even book flights for you! Our projects vary from just one week to up to a full year, so no matter what you are looking for, we are sure to have something to meet your needs.

Founded
2000
Headquarters

Hodore Farm, Hartfield
East Sussex
TN7 4AR
United Kingdom

Reviews

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Megan
10/10

Best experience of my life! I would highly recommend this project, you get to meet and help care for so many beautiful elephants everyday. One of my favourite things to do was getting hands on experiences washing and feeding the elephants whilst learning about their emotional background. The staff are extremely helpful and answer any questions that you have, they even managed to help create another placement so that my friend could join me last minute on my adventure. I made so many friends that I am still in contact with and we are planning to meet up with eachother all over the world on our other adventures. This was a once in a lifetime experience that I would highly recommend to everybody.

How can this program be improved?
It can't be!
Response from Oyster Worldwide

Hi Megan,
Thank you so much for your kind words about our wildlife and elephant sanctuary in Thailand. We're so glad you got so much out of the experience :)

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ben
10/10

The project was amazing, it had the right balance between charity work and free time. The charity work was an eye opening to experience what it is like as a game park ranger. I also enjoyed learning more about the animals within the game park through game drives and interactive sessions in the rehabilitation zone. The project also gives you the ability to go out on weekends and experience the night life of Port Elizabeth and amazing opportunities, such as Sky diving, Bungee jumping, Cheetah and Elephant interactive experiences. Overall the experience was something I will never forget and I would highly recommend it!

How can this program be improved?
Nothing it was perfect!
Response from Oyster Worldwide

Hi Ben,
So pleased that you made the most of your time in South Africa!
Thanks for your review :)

Yes, I recommend this program
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Caoimhe
10/10

Getting to work with the bear sanctuary in Romania is an amazing trip that I would recommend to anyone with an interest in bears.
From start to finish this trip felt relaxed, manageable and worthwhile. I had an amazing time, made friends and came home with some incredible memories.
Oyster Worldwide were a huge part of my positive experience, I would 100% recommend them to anyone interested in volunteering abroad!

How can this program be improved?
I couldn't fault this program :)
Response from Oyster Worldwide

Hi Caoimhe,
It's so pleasing to read your review about our bear sanctuary in Romania. Thanks for taking the time to write :)

Yes, I recommend this program
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Robert
10/10

Flying half-way around the world by yourself can at first seem daunting. Yet after reaching San Jose, the chilled tico way of life already began to make me realise that it shouldn't be. The hostel was fine for staying in and clean, but I was distracted by looking forward to reaching the beach and fears about the people I would meet, whom I knew nothing about and had to spend a week with.

However, once I got on the minibus I realised that we were all in the same boat, even those of us who had flown out as pairs or were already friends/family. It's surprising how quickly you can bond so closely, so suffice it to say that by the time we had reached our destination (following a deviation by ferry as the bus had broken down before reaching us) we were all more than comfortable with the idea of spending a week in the beautiful, tropical paradise of San Miguel together.

The days were relaxed although there were activities like volleyball or helping local children, and often the coordinators came up with their own activities for the day like fitness. The food was incredible and Locos Cocos was definitely worth a visit, but the most worthwhile part of the trip was undoubtedly the night shifts. The interminable excitement at possible finding a turtle meant that you didn't care how long you were out in the night or when, really. The two hours flew by, especially when you did find the tracks to a turtle or their nest.

I remember it felt like a massive privilege to be able to see such an intimate moment as when a turtle laid her eggs, the embodiment of a dinosaur, almost unchanged for millennia. Whilst it first seemed like the eggs might break you soon learned how strong they were and I felt nothing more satisfying than seeing the work we had done in the hatchery as it rapidly filled.

Now that I'm back in the UK I've been lucky enough to receive some photos from my friends who stayed out their longer of the baby turtles making their journey to the ocean. TO know that we made a difference, no matter how small, makes me immensely prideful. Yet, I feel no regrets about not seeing the babies. To be able to see an animal older than I am, to be able to collect her eggs and to witness something that almost nobody else can all while relaxing in such a beautiful location was fulfilling enough. Whilst everything may have been permanently damp with the ocean breeze and the wildlife more than exotic, I could not say that I was put off for a minute from the idea of travelling.

So, I thank the incredible work of Oyster Worldwide and the Turtle Trax team for making my stay so enjoyable, as I look further afield to my next journey now with the self-confidence of a true person of the world.

How can this program be improved?
More social activity outside of the immediate community.
Response from Oyster Worldwide

Hi Robert,
Lovely to read your review about your experience in Costa Rica with the turtles. Certainly sounds like you made the most of your time out there. Thanks for taking the time to review !

Yes, I recommend this program
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Seán
10/10

If you love animals and want to spend hours in close proximity to beautiful bears and amazing scenery then this project is perfect for you. The team at oyster are extremely helpful and accommodating making the experience the best it could have possibly been. The accommodation is amazing as it is right in the town close to so many restaurants, tourist spots and facilities. And getting to work in the sanctuary itself was a privilege.

Response from Oyster Worldwide

Hi Sean,
Thanks for your kind words, so glad you had fun with the bears :)

Yes, I recommend this program

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