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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Charlotte
10/10

The Riverside monkey sanctuary is a truly life changing experience that will stay with me for ever, not just because of my time with the amazing monkeys but also because of the life long friends I have made and the people I have met. It truly is an amazing experience and time with the monkeys and learning about them, caring for them is something you'll keep with you for life. The people are lovely the animals are amazing and I really would recommend to anyone to that if they love animals and aren't afraid of hard work that they should definitely go.

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

We're so glad that this was a life changing experience for you! :)

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ed
10/10

Oyster
With excellent communication, Oyster was very good in making me ready to go. There were all sorts of documents and items that I needed to take with me and before my departure, Oyster had ensured I had all of this. I felt comfortable and ready to go. I was put at ease as any questions I had were answered. Whilst the trip through oyster was quite expensive, the help provided before, during and after my trip over all areas/ topics was very much worth it. A couple of information points could do with updating though. Thank you!
South Africa
I spent three weeks volunteering in South Africa at a monkey and baboon rehabilitation centre. Working from 6:30/7 to 4 each day under the hot South African sun was by all means hard work but also one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The people I met there and the time I got to spend with the primates was priceless, making amazing connections with both people and primates alike. The centre relies on the work of the volunteers and does so much to help these great animals. The owners have an inspiring passion towards the project and I hope to return to the project again one day as it truly was an experience I’ll never forget.

How can this program be improved?
Update on information regarding the centre.
Response from Oyster Worldwide

We're glad you enjoyed yourself Ed!

Yes, I recommend this program
Lauren
10/10

From start to finish nothing was too much of a problem, there was no such thing as a silly question. I haven't travelled in years and it was the first time I had done it by myself. Oyster's UK office were superb at answering any question, inquiry or problem I had. They were exceedingly helpful and very easy to get in contact with. When I was out there I was looked after incredibly well and had the time of my life! Just wish it had lasted longer!

How can this program be improved?
Not really sure
Response from Oyster Worldwide

Hi Lauren,
Thank you for your review and we're so pleased you felt supported pre-departure and during your trip :)

Yes, I recommend this program
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Maya
10/10

I had such an amazing time in South Africa thanks to Oyster Worldwide. All the logistics and organization of the trip were handled so well I was able to just focus on my project and making the most of my time in South Africa. Additionally, the opportunity provided by Oyster to shadow a vet in that setting was one of a kind and one of the best experiences of my life. On top of all that I met some amazing people and forged friendships with people that I still keep in touch with. None of this would have been possible if not for Oyster Worldwide!

How can this program be improved?
It was perfect!
Response from Oyster Worldwide

Hi Maya,
Thank you so much for your kind words, so pleased your found this program fun and educational! :)

Yes, I recommend this program
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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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