what makes What makes Oyster different?
Oyster is a leading gap year organisation
that offers first class projects and a
Enable you to learn a language, or
the UK, Jon Arnold who joined Oyster
after graduation. Having experienced
one of our placements first hand, Jon
Oyster different? thorough, personal approach. Having
got to know you individually before
Allow you the freedom to experience
the country for yourself. is well placed to manage and develop
them, as well as understanding the needs
G Give you the support you need to
departure, you’ll receive support of current participants. Marguerite
in-country that is second to none. We keep you safe, healthy and happy. Weatherseed is the Oyster Office
are particularly proud that so many By offering longer placements we give Manager. As well as keeping the office
applicants come through word of mouth. people the chance to really immerse running, Marguerite looks after the admin,
themselves into a new country; the accounts and assists Roger with
We are keen to send participants skills, friendships and experiences as much of the organisation for Australia.
away for an extended period of time. a result of this are unique.
The majority of our placements are Our overseas representatives are local
between 3-6 months long. This gives Your Oyster group residents who, in the vast majority of
Roger Salwey people the chance to really get under Oyster has group departures and we cases, are employed directly by us to
the skin of a country and live as a see this as a huge benefit. There will make all the arrangements at your
local. Our participants are not tourists. be like-minded people to share the highs destination and to be a helpful friend
Ideally, we like to send people in small with and to help you through the to you. Some of our programs have
groups of like-minded individuals so challenges, as well as to travel with been running for 10 years with the
that you have a ready made group of afterwards. We give you a chance to same staff offering first class support.
friends before departure. meet at the UK Pre Departure Course, They love helping you make the best
to get to know each other during the of your time. Past participants have
Most of our programs have been first week in-country and then to be highlighted this friendly approach as
running for 10 years and we have great placed in small groups together. The one of the great strengths of Oyster.
relationships with more than 40 projects chance to make life long friends with
and employers around the world. locals as well as fellow travellers is one Your relationship with Oyster’s staff
of the highlights. In most of our destinations our own
Your placement long serving staff manage every project.
Our placements aim to: Our experience In some of our destinations we have
G Immerse you in the culture and teamed up with partner organisations
Oyster has one of the most experienced
tradition of your host country. teams in the gap year world; Roger providing high quality projects that we
G Give you challenging and worthwhile Salwey, Oyster’s founder and Director have personally vetted. We interview
voluntary or paid work. has been directly involved in organising all participants and bring each group
gap years since 1994 and has been a together for a Pre Departure Course.
G Be of genuine benefit to the
member of the Executive Committee The average group size is about 5-7
host projects. people which allows staff in the UK and
of the Year Out Group since 2007.
G Develop your confidence and overseas to get to know and support
Roger has sent away many participants
independence. including our Destination Manager in every participant.
FRONT COVER This is Lucy, who, as part of her 4 months teaching placement in Nepal spent two weeks decorating a créche.
What does Oyster provide? G All our placements have unique We are active members, and adhere to event Oyster Worldwide were to
Oyster provides first rate projects at a aspects which are included – please the code of practice, of the Year Out become bankrupt or go into liquidation.
very competitive cost to the participant. refer to individual pages, and our Group, an association of leading year
In all of our placements we include: website, for details. out organisations that promote the The full policy can be seen on our
G Finding you a suitable placement in concept and benefits of well-structured website: www.oysterworldwide.com
projects/jobs that have asked for help. What do I need to provide? year out programmes. They support
G An informal Interview and Briefing. GA passport valid for six months after models of good practice and help young Oyster supports and adheres to the new
your planned return date. people and their advisers with selecting British Standard regarding gap years –
G A Pre Departure Course with work, suitable and worthwhile projects. BS8848 - and we are looking forward
accommodation, health and travel G The cost of your visa (we will give
to receiving the Kite Mark in 2010.
advice (for Australia this takes place you clear advice on how to obtain it).
Environmental – We realise the impact
at the interview and briefing stage). G Insurance (we have a recommended travel has on the environment and we
G An Induction Course on arrival policy). have been looking at ways that we as
including language classes (where G Any costs if you change your return a business can reduce our carbon
appropriate). flight date or extend your placement. emissions. Most of our participants
G Optional return flights with a transfer G All UK travel costs (to the interview, take the opportunity to offset their flights.
on arrival to your placement. Pre Departure Course and airport). Participants pay an additional cost of
up to £15 which is then donated to the
Our representative meeting you at
charity Tree Aid, who not only plant
the airport, taking you to your Oyster’s commitment to ethical
trees to offset the carbon caused but
accommodation and settling you in. Gap Years.
tackle poverty and improve the envi-
G Help and support throughout your Oyster Worldwide is an organisation that
ronment in Africa’s dry lands.
placement from our experienced is dedicated to placements that are really
in-country representatives. beneficial not only to the participant
but to the projects, employers and Economical – We regularly donate
G Help and support from our UK office money and resources to our projects
hosts of the countries they will be living
before departure and whilst in-country. in. Our ‘responsible travel’ policy is an where a need has been identified. For
G For all our voluntary placements important part of who we are. Here the past two years, along with some
accommodation is included. We are some of the key points; returned volunteers, we have sold
arrange accommodation in Canada Christmas cards designed by children
and the minimal cost comes out of Social – Our interview and training in in Romania. The money raised through
your pay cheque. In Sydney, the UK ensures that we pick applicants this went towards buying a new
participants stay in a hostel for their who are well suited, motivated and wheelchair for a children’s home. We
first week (included in the cost) after prepared for the role they will be doing. have bursaries available to participants
which they arrange to share an who are in genuine financial difficulty.
apartment with other participants. For our volunteers going to a ‘Developing All payments to Oyster Worldwide are
World’ country we run a specially protected by our Air Tour Operator’s
G For Canada, we manage the lengthy
designed session called ‘Responsible Licence, commonly known as ATOL.
work permit application process. This is a government-backed insurance
Travel’ based upon the aims and
objectives of Tourism Concern. scheme that pays out in the unlikely
What can I do?
Below is a list of all our projects/activities and their locations. Please refer to the
country page for more information.
Teaching Brazil, Chile, Kenya, India, Nepal, Romania,
South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia
Orphanage child care Brazil, Chile, Kenya, Nepal, Romania,
Healthcare and Hospitals Kenya, India, Romania, Tanzania, Zambia
Animal Conservation Kenya, Romania Bears, South Africa, Tanzania
Wildlife Conservation Australia
Adult Education Zambia
Sports Coaching Brazil - Rio, Chile, Kenya, India, Nepal, South
Africa, Tanzania, Zambia
Empowerment Groups Zambia
HIV/AIDS Education & Care Zambia
Refugee Care Nepal
Community Centres in
Shanty Towns/Favelas Brazil
Paid Child Care Whistler – Canada, Outback - Australia
Paid work in the The Rockies & Tremblant - Canada,
service industry Sydney - Australia
Paid Farm Work Outback - Australia
Activities to do in country
Trekking Chile, Nepal
Safari Kenya, Nepal, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia
Rafting Australia, Chile, Nepal, Zambia
Mountain Climbing Kenya, India, Nepal, Tanzania
Cultural Trek Nepal
Scuba Diving/ Snorkelling Australia, Tanzania
Swimming with Dolphins Tanzania - Zanzibar
Surfing Australia, Brazil
Expeditions Brazil, Nepal, Chile
Unique Attractions Brazil - Iguacu falls, Zambia - Victoria Falls
Languages French - Canada, Spanish - Chile, Portuguese -
Skiing/snowboarding Canada, Romania
*Countries in bold indicate that this project or activity is a speciality of the destination.
During 2008 there were 559,000 international visitors to this
traveller’s Mecca & it’s easy to see why – natural landscapes,
endless sunshine & some of the friendliest people in the world!
Australia is fantastic to visit; it has a maintenance. At the end of the week, need them. The UK office is also
great laid-back outdoor lifestyle, you will go into a guaranteed paid job available to help you whilst you are
helped by the 50,000km coastline in the Outback utilising your new skills. abroad should you need us.
and 10,000 beaches. Our opportunities
are in Sydney and the Outback. Work in Sydney The perfect introduction Highlights
Sydney is a world famous harbour to living and working in Australia. We G Learning new skills, making new
city that needs no introduction. The help line up jobs and accommodation friends and enjoying real Aussie life.
Outback feels a million miles from the for you and get tax numbers, bank G Getting paid for (hard) work to
city; here you can immerse yourself accounts and health insurance sorted. finance your trip and travels.
in the beauty of nature in thriving You could be doing office, retail or
G If you are doing farming or
farms with colourful characters and hospitality work in this vibrant city.
a classic country lifestyle. conservation you will see amazing
Conservation Volunteering There are a scenery that most tourists never see.
The Work variety of different projects nationwide, G You’ll have seen some amazing
Choose from three programmes in from tree planting to wildlife surveys, sights with great stories to tell.
Australia; farm work in the Outback, boardwalk construction to beach For full details or our programmes in
city work in Sydney or volunteering on restoration to name a few. You will be Australia visit our website
nationwide Conservation projects. spending your time with a fun like-minded www.oysterworldwide.com
group of 6-10 others from around the
Outback Farm Work We provide you world. “I really enjoyed the course –
with an excellent training course giving driving tractors and bikes is
you essential skills needed for farm Oyster Support
great fun and the team there
work in the Outback. You will learn to There is support for you on all projects;
makes fences, drive tractors, work with we feel it’s important for you to have were very good… .”
cattle, use chainsaws and do vehicle someone there for you, should you Tom Shaw, Australia
Help at inspirational centres that try to change the lives of
children and others from the shanty towns (favelas) of Sao
Brazil is an exciting melting pot of countryside. Street children from Sao Highlights
people and cultures and this is Paulo are given a fresh start. You’ll G Being a non judgemental friend
especially true of Sao Paulo. It’s a help with day-to-day life, get involved and helping rebuild a young
vibrant city offering a huge variety in games and sports and act as a person’s self esteem and identity.
of music, dance, food and sport, as supportive friend to the children. G Discovering astonishing Brazilian
well as those legendary Brazilian G live and work at a community centre scenery with our 3-day expedition
experiences – carnival and the beach. for children based in a poor and to the Iguacu falls on the border
friendly suburb of Sao Paulo. You’ll with Paraguay and Argentina and
You can opt to be in the city itself need to get involved in whatever’s your own outings.
or in the countryside nearby. on offer – IT, street dance, film, football G Coming home with near-fluent
and more. Plenty of enthusiasm and Portuguese and a real experience
The work versatility required!
Most volunteers choose to start with of Brazilian life.
an intensive certificated two week G Understanding more about the
Portuguese course (you need some Oyster support problems faced by the poor
aptitude for languages although Your group will be met on arrival by communities.
our representative who is there to be a
knowledge of Portuguese is not G Making life long friends, from your
necessary). After that you can choose to: helpful friend to you throughout. She
will help you settle in, take you on a group and from Sao Paulo.
G The self confidence and perspective
G Work with young people as a football city tour, manage all the arrangements
you gain from this rewarding
coach and teacher/mentor in Rio de and be available to help with any
Janiero, as well as at a Surf School. problems you can’t handle alone. Our
This is a well established project. project hosts Jonathan and Oscar will
also offer you friendship and support. For full details of our Brazil projects
G live and work at an inspirational visit our website
children’s home based in the beautiful www.oysterworldwide.com
Work hard and play hard in Canada’s greatest ski resorts -
The Rockies, Tremblant or Whistler.
Canada has a wide range of outdoor experience. You’ll take on a real job that Oyster support
sports and draws an international is much more than just work experience. In each location you’ll be supported
crowd as a ski destination. It is Your wage will be enough to cover by our representatives who help you
blessed with dramatic scenery and your skiing, staff accommodation and to settle in. They are there to be helpful
an exceptionally friendly population a good social life. Most people manage friends and assist you to get the best
all of which will be showcased in to save a little to travel with as well. from your time away. They’ll meet you
the 2010 Winter Olympic Games at the airport, host monthly ‘meet-ups’
held in Whistler. Hotel Work in The Rockies You’ll be and offer support throughout.
employed by a hotel in The Rockies. You
All 3 resorts attract tourists year-round should expect to start as a Housekeeper. Highlights
with world class winter sports and, in However many people are promoted G Guaranteed job (with first-class
the summer, hiking, mountain biking, into other positions after 3 months. employer) and accommodation in
rafting and golf, to name a few. Our a dream location before you leave
participants are not tourists; you’ll live Improve your French in Tremblant the UK.
& work as a local for 5-6 months doing Working in francophone Quebec allows G Improve your skiing/snowboarding.
a real job and earning a decent wage. you to develop your French (lessons
G Making fantastic friends with people
included). There are a variety of jobs
The Work within the hospitality industry including in your group and from around
You can choose to work in a resort hotel, bar and restaurant work. the world.
crèche or in hospitality. Your skiing G Oyster takes care of the lengthy
will certainly improve and if you want Ski School Jobs with Whistler Kids Work Permit Application
to advance your French we have You’ll work with children either indoors
placements in Tremblant, Quebec. or on the nursery slopes. Whistler Kids For full details of our projects in
encourage their staff to complete the Canada visit our website
Canada has high levels of customer Canadian Ski Instructors Level 1 Course www.oysterworldwide.com
service that will give you impressive and offers this at a fantastic price.
Teach children English, perfect your Spanish and live
as a local in Patagonia, one of the most beautiful and
undiscovered regions of South America.
Patagonia has the remote and You’ll be teaching English at one or more Highlights
outstanding beauty you’d expect of the local schools. It’s a challenge at G Living with a carefully chosen
near the tip of the American continent. first, but you’ll usually start as a teaching Chilean family – even more fun
Mountains, rivers and glaciers assistant and will find yourself coming up than you’d expect.
dominate the landscape and offer with great ideas for making lessons fun. G Making great friends, from your
plenty to do in your time off. group and from Coyhaique.
It makes a huge difference to the children
G Being much more than a tourist –
You’ll live in or around Coyhaique, a to have an English speaker with them.
thriving and friendly town where you’ll They need to learn English to be part there are few travellers that ever
enjoy the fun and colour of Latin of the growing tourist industry in the make it to Patagonia.
American life. region. They’ll love it if you get involved G Coming back with near-fluent
with sports, music and drama too. Spanish and a real understanding
The work of Chilean life.
You’ll spend the first two weeks getting Oyster support G A sense of achievement that
to know the area, doing an intensive Our representatives, Jacqueline and Ian you’ve taught children English
Spanish course (we’ll expect you to have Farmer will meet you on your arrival. and hopefully increased their
basic knowledge already) and importantly, They are British teachers & have chosen enthusiasm for English.
learning how to salsa dance! to raise their family in this beautiful part
of the world. They’ll help you settle in, For full details of our projects in Chile
You’ll then be placed in local homes, all manage all the arrangements and be visit our website
within easy reach of each other,where available to help with any problems www.oysterworldwide.com
you’ll soon feel like one of the family. you can’t handle alone.
We have worked with these families
for many years and they are incredibly “I made a lot of friends and played a prominent role in my family
welcoming. Past volunteers say this is and enjoyed speaking shaky Spanish at the beginning.”
one of the best parts of the placement. Hannah Paget, Chile
Volunteer in the bustling city of Madurai in Southern India,
gain medical experience or work as an English Teacher –
no experience required!
India needs little introduction; with good job when they leave school. You Highlights
a population of over a billion and a may also have the opportunity to teach G Making a real contribution to
diverse culture, India has fascinated other subjects and extra curricular Indian life.
travellers and writers throughout sports, music and art lessons. G Enthusing children about English
history. Oyster offers placements in
G Gaining fantastic medical work
the southern city of Madurai. Medical Work Experience – this is ideal
for people wanting to gain experience experience that will enhance your
You and your fellow volunteers will stay before starting medical school. No CV.
with very welcoming host families or in experience is necessary – just G Immersing yourself into Indian
a volunteer flat within easy reach of the enthusiasm and motivation! culture and being able to call
projects. During your free time there is Madurai home.
plenty to do in Madurai, a city renowned You’ll shadow a doctor or nurse from
for its textiles and temples, and also a specific hospital department. Do let
For full details of our India projects
further afield if you want to explore us know if there is a specific department visit our website
and make the most of your experience. that you want to experience. In the www.oysterworldwide.com
past, volunteers have even sat in on
operations, including brain surgery.
Oyster offers two types of placement Oyster Support
that volunteers can choose to work on: Our representatives in Madurai, Karen & “The Taj Mahal was
Pradeep, have strong local connections unbelievable. Even standing
Teaching English – the schools we use with the people and projects. They will
in India are desperate for volunteers. meet you at the airport, help you settle in front of it, even touching it,
Your ability to speak and write good in, run an orientation course, manage it still seemed unreal.”
English is invaluable to the Indian children all the arrangements and be available Lucy Stuart, India
you will be teaching. They need English to help with any problems you can’t
to stand a better chance of getting a handle alone.
Please fill in this application form using a blue or black pen.
1. Personal Details 2. Education
Surname Name of school/college/university (if you are not in education, please give most recent details)
Forenames (as shown on your passport) Address
Name as you would like to be known
Contact Address (please also include home address if different)
Postcode Name of Head of Sixth Form/tutor
Tel Number Mobile Number Name of Careers Guidance Teacher
Date of Birth Age at time of departure
Father’s Name (including title e.g Dr)
Father’s daytime tel number
Mother’s Name (including title e.g Dr)
one of your
Mother’s daytime tel number two passport
Do you hold a valid UK passport?
If not, please state which country __________________________________________________________________
What qualifications have you already gained?
GCSEs (or equivelant)
A Levels/GNVQs/Scottish Highers
Others (please state)
What qualifications are you working towards at the moment?
Completion dates Subjects
Others (please state)
3. Employment History
List any paid jobs you have had (including job title and dates)
Please continue on another sheet if necessary
What are your plans after your year out?
Go to university Go in to a career Other (please state)
Can you speak another language? (please state) To what standard do you speak the language?
How did you hear about Oyster Worldwide? 5. Personal History
(Please circle and supply details as necessary)
Net surfing (search engine, if possible) Referred by another organisation Have you any medical disorders? Yes No
Via gapyear.com Information from Careers Service Are you taking any regular medication? Yes No
Have you any allergies? Yes No
Year Out Group website Teacher at school
Have you any dietary requirements? Yes No
Family and friends Knowing a returned participant
Have you a previous criminal record? Yes No
Talk at school/Gap Year Fair The Gap Year Guidebook Do you hold a valid UK driving licence? Yes No
Other (please specify)
6. Referee (Please ask your referee before nominating them)
You must supply the name of a referee from your school, university or employer
4. Experience and Skills
Name of referee
What are your reasons for applying for this placement?
Title (Mr, Mrs, Dr, Rev.)
Please continue on another sheet if necessary Postcode
What organisations, clubs and societies do you belong to? Tel Number
(state current membership) E-mail address (preferred method of contact)
What positions of responsibility at school, university or at work have you held?
Which continents, excluding Europe, have you visited?
Africa Asia Australasia North America South America
What is your preferred destination? What is your second choice destination?
For some of our destinations we offer more than one type of placement. Please indicate the type of placement you are interested in, marked with brackets, e.g. Canada - Whistler
(Kids), The Rockies or Tremblant (hotel work).
What is your preferred month of departure?
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
What is your preferred year of departure?
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
What is your planned length of placement?
......... weeks (Romania Bears) ......... months (all other placements)
Please state the price of your preferred destination
I declare that the details completed on this form are true and accurate. I have now fixed one passport
photograph on to the application form and attach a second for your reference.
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Signature of parent or legal guardian if under 18 years of age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Please supply any additional information on another sheet or on the space provided on this form, clearly marked with your name
This form should be returned to: Oyster Worldwide, Hodore Farm, Hartfield, East Sussex TN7 4AR, United Kingdom
Work with local children or in animal conservation in one
of the most unspoilt regions of Kenya.
Our placements are based in The Work Oyster Support
Nanyuki, a friendly town right on Options include the Nanyuki Children’s Gill Littlewood is our local
the Equator and three hours north Home which cares for around 80 representative in Kenya. Gill is British
of Nairobi. Nanyuki lies in Laikipia, abandoned or orphaned children and and grew up in Kenya and lives in
an area of untapped tourist potential has its own Pre School. Alternatively help Nanyuki where she farms cattle with
where wildlife is free to roam. at the Naro Moru Home which provides her husband. Her role is to arrange
Nanyuki supports a traditional a happy and positive environment for your voluntary work & accommodation
farming community that is also children with disabilities. and to offer you friendship and support
trying to build its visitor numbers. throughout. On arrival you will stay at
The area has made a genuine call We have links with several local Gill’s house whilst you learn some
for volunteers. schools who welcome help in English Swahili and adjust to African life.
particularly. Recent volunteers have
Local attractions include Samburu excelled themselves organising sport Highlights
National Park located on the shores and music. The request from our hosts G Contributing to local life in a region
of one Kenya’s big rivers, and Mount is that volunteers bring something of that warmly welcomes volunteers.
Kenya, Africa’s second highest themselves whether it be sport, singing, G The three day (optional) safari at
mountain, which for most people is a drama or art. Samburu seeing game in their
manageable climb. natural habitat close up.
A very different option is to help with
G Getting to know and understand
You will live in a locally rented research projects at a wildlife reserve
comfortable house that has electricity that is currently trying to increase its Kenya with its challenges and
and running water. The house is population of black rhino. It also has a potential.
secure and within reach of the town sanctuary for abused or orphaned For full details of our Kenya projects
and projects. chimpanzees. visit our website
Make a genuine contribution teaching English in a
school, immerse yourself in local culture and experience
the best of Nepal with your group.
Nepal is home to the breathtaking The Work Highlights
Himalayas and some of the world’s Your main job is to help with the English G The satisfaction of making your
most hospitable people. Never teaching in your school. Your ability to class enthusiastic about English.
having had a colonial past, Nepal speak and write good English is G Gaining a real understanding of
retains its rich Buddhist culture incredibly useful to the Nepalese people Nepalese life, living locally at the
that only the more adventurous who need to learn English for tourism school or with a family.
travellers ever see. and business. Besides teaching English
G Optional 8 day Himalayan trek, 8
we hope you will use any interests you
You will live and work in the magnificent have to run a sports team or get involved day tour of Tibet and 3 day river
Kathmandu Valley. We place people in in music, art or drama as other rafting & Chitwan Safari.
both rural and urban schools in and volunteers have done. We find that it is G Making great friends with the locals
around Kathmandu. Kathmandu is one in the extra curricular activities that and fellow volunteers.
of the world’s most exotic cities and a volunteers can really leave their mark, G Being a local in Nepal for 4 months
base for trekkers and climbers who have and a legacy, on a school. rather than just being a tourist.
come to Nepal to trek and explore
some of the highest mountain ranges Oyster Support For full details of our Nepal projects
in the world including Mount Everest! You’ll be met on arrival by our visit our website
representative Basant who has run this www.oysterworldwide.com
You will live either with a local Nepalese program since 2001. He will help you
family or in school accommodation as settle in, run a thorough orientation Nepalis, Basant, the pupils
part of the wider school family. This course, manage all the arrangements and teachers at Alpha
will enable you to immerse yourself in and be available to help with any
local culture and get beneath the skin problems you can’t handle alone.
School were the friendliest
of Nepal – something you would not people imaginable!
experience as a tourist. Alice Peck, Nepal
Care for abandoned children or help rehabilitate brown
bears whilst based in one of Eastern Europe’s most
beautiful cities. Volunteer for 2 weeks up to 3 months.
Our child care placements are in the in the children. Volunteers work in Oyster support
centre of Brasov and also in ‘Family children’s homes with abandoned The placements are arranged by our
Homes’ in a rural community setting. children and do “play therapy” in a bilingual representative who has
The bear sanctuary is a 25 minute children’s hospital and hospice. worked with us since 2003 and will
drive from picturesque Brasov and is Alternatively, they work in state nurseries be a helpful friend to you. You will see
sited in a dramatic mountain setting and primary schools helping with him regularly at work and at informal
in oak woodland. Brasov lies 100 miles English lessons, extra curricular activities outings to Dracula’s castle and other
north of Bucharest and is surrounded and playtime. local attractions.
by the Carpathian Mountains that
offer great skiing in the winter and Bear Sanctuary Your main role is feeding Highlights
wonderful hiking in summer – as well (currently 39) bears who eat 10kgs of G For Child Care volunteers –
bears and wolves. Accommodation food a day. You must be fit, passionate bringing happiness and fun to
is a comfortable, central flat shared about bears and happy to work children who need it.
with the other volunteers. outdoors in a job that won’t stretch your G For Bear volunteers this is a unique
brain too much. Volunteers monitor opportunity to enjoy these beautiful
The work the bears, give guided tours and take creatures whilst contributing to
Choose between working in child care on simple day to day tasks that free the development of the sanctuary.
or work with brown bears or combine up the permanent staff to bring in more
G Enjoying Brasov’s vibrant city
both. animals. Most bears have come from
zoos and circuses where they have centre and being in the
Child Care You must have a passion had a miserable time and need to Carpathian mountains.
for working with children, be selfless adjust to their natural environment.
and warm hearted. Volunteers offer fun For full details of our Romania projects
and affection by playing games, singing visit our website
and dancing whilst taking a real interest www.oysterworldwide.com
Coach, support and inspire some of South Africa’s most needy
children. Teach, be a care worker in an HIV/Aids Orphanage,
study with a local artist or work in wildlife rehabilitation.
You will live and work in Port opt to work in an Aids orphanage or Highlights
Elizabeth, known in South Africa as children’s home. Alternatively, you can G Being a valued part of an
the ‘friendly city’ that lies on a huge teach English in local schools. inspirational program to develop
bay and is host to some of the young people through sport.
2010 world cup matches. Volunteers for sports, care work and G Making a real difference to
teaching will live in special rehabilitated, orphaned or
The Work accommodation at the sports foundation. endangered animals if you
Oyster works with a highly regarded choose wildlife rehabilitation.
sports foundation that has actively For animal lovers, there is the opportunity
G Gaining confidence and life skills
promoted youth development through to live and work at a wildlife sanctuary
sport since 2005. If you love sport, 50kms away, near Jefferies Bay (famous as well as fantastic experience for
what better way to spend up to 12 for its surf). You will join a team of your CV.
weeks than coaching young players volunteers helping to run the sanctuary G Getting to know South Africa and
passionate about football, cricket, and will encounter a wide range of its people in a way that you would
hockey and other sports? animals from cheetahs to meercats, not as a tourist passing through.
as well as many tropical birds. G Enjoying this diverse country with
This project is about so much more its incredible climate, game parks,
than just sport or physical fitness. Sport Support in South Africa surfing, beer, wine and great food.
helps develop confidence, self- Those working in Port Elizabeth will be
discipline and ambition – and keeps able to get advice and help from the
kids out of trouble. two permanent staff members living at For full details of our South Africa
projects visit our website
the Sports Foundation. Those working
Care work and teaching volunteers at the wildlife sanctuary will be looked
are warmly welcomed too. You can after by Percy, the founder and owner.
Volunteer as a care worker at an orphanage, at a
school as an English teacher or work on an Aids
Tanzania has the very best of Africa The work Oyster support
– snow capped Kilimanjaro, tropical We have several projects that have You’ll be met on arrival by our rep
coastline and the world’s finest game developed since our first volunteers Madeline Oosterhuis who has been
parks. You will live close to Arusha arrived in 2000. There are two local responsible for almost 250 volunteers
in a neighbouring village. Arusha is orphanages that have welcomed our since the program begun. She will run
a lively town that lies on the foothills volunteers as care workers and provide the orientation course and be a helpful
of the snow capped Mount Meru and a permanent home for unwanted friend to you throughout. Madeline
is an hour’s drive away from Africa’s children. If you are interested in health- lives in Arusha with her young family
highest mountain – Kilimanjaro. care we have volunteer places on a who you will get to know too.
local Aids awareness program as well
You live with other volunteers in safe as a local hospital. Budding journalists Highlights
and simple accommodation close to can now gain experience on a local G A sense of achievement that you’ve
your project or school. All volunteers Arusha newspaper. made a real contribution to
are within easy reach of each other Tanzanian life; bringing education,
and meet in Arusha at weekends. Most volunteers choose to teach in fun and friendship to African children.
village schools. The schools are very G Learning about a completely
Most volunteers opt for the Oyster- happy, vibrant places where you will different culture and living in Africa
arranged safari to see lion, elephant, soon make a genuine contribution and as a local, rather than as a tourist.
rhino, leopard and cheetah and to feel at home. Volunteers support the
G Seeing elephants, lions and other
enjoy the luxurious game lodges. For local English teachers and usually lead
rest and relaxation you can visit the the lessons after a short while. Your animals in their natural home,
tropical palm-fringed island of Zanzibar passions such as sport, music, drama climbing Kilimanjaro and staying
enjoying snorkelling, swimming with and singing will all be hugely appreciated on Zanzibar.
dolphins or visiting Stone town. and many of our volunteers have built For full details of our Tanzania projects
an after school curriculum based on visit our website
these activities. www.oysterworldwide.com
Teach English to local children in schools, volunteer in adult
literacy projects or work with orphanages to help improve
the lives of local Zambians.
You’ll be based in Livingstone, The Work Oyster Support
home to the dramatic Victoria Falls. We are working with several You’ll be met on arrival by our local
Although the town plays host to community schools where you can representative, Kirsty, who will help you
many tourists passing through, the teach English and contribute in other settle in, manage all the arrangements
surrounding communities are not areas such as sport, music and art. and be available to help with any
benefiting from tourism and struggle These schools rely heavily on foreign problems you can’t handle alone.
with basic health and social care. aid and local initiative, so any talents Kirsty has lived in Livingstone for
you can bring would be welcomed. over 10 years with her young family
You’ll be living within easy reach of who you will get to know.
the projects and the town in safe You can also choose to volunteer in
comfortable accommodation that you orphanages, adult literacy projects Highlights
share with the other Oyster volunteers. and in health education clinics. All the G Really getting under the skin of a
This will provide you with a relaxing organisations you will work with are lively African community.
home where you can recharge your committed to reducing poverty, G Forging lifelong friendships.
batteries after the day’s work. corruption and disease. Volunteers
G Learning Nyanja, so that you can
can work at more than one project to
Zambia is a country with one of the make the best of your time and interests. communicate effectively with the
lowest life expectancies and highest community.
infant mortality rates in Africa. Zambia Recent volunteers have taught English G Getting off of the beaten track,
is struggling to reach its potential and sports, helped at a women‘s literacy and experiencing real Zambian life
and volunteers have an important group and delivered home based care. for 3 months.
part to play. Volunteers experience Zambia’s
wonderful community spirit and make For full details of our projects in
friends with the local people. Zambia visit our website
What Happens Next?
For full and up to date information about Oyster and our projects, visit
our website www.oysterworldwide.com or call us on 01892 770771.
To apply, you can complete and post back the application form within
this brochure or complete our online application form.
Once we receive your application, we will be in touch to arrange an
interview with you. We prefer to do this face to face but it can also be
by phone. At the interview we aim to find out more about you, your
interests and reasons for applying. We will also give you a briefing on
your chosen destination.
When do I have to pay?
We ask for £180 to book your place on one of our projects. The remaining
balance would then be due ninety days before departure.
When should I apply?
Try to apply as early as possible to secure your place. The earlier you apply
the more time you will have to raise the money. When you accept a
place with us the price is fixed even if we have to raise the price later on.
We run Pre Departure Courses for each group approximately 3 months
before departure. Ideally, all participants are signed up by then (for
Australia, this takes place at the interview stage).
If you leave your application too late, you may find that all of our places
are fully booked for your chosen destination. For example in 2009, our
Whistler placement was fully booked 6 months before departure.
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“Livingstonians are unbelievably friendly and
welcoming so settling in with the locals wasn’t hard.”
Rachel Stephen, Zambia
“A very capable, independent,
organised young adult daughter returned home from Chile in August.
We would just like to take this opportunity of thanking you for making
Susie’s visit possible. It was a huge success.”
Mrs A.M. Power, Yorkshire
“Whilst in Nepal, Anna was so pleased to have the contact with Basant
(the Oyster representative) and his wife who were so kind and hospitable.”
Mrs Maureen Newey, Stratford Upon Avon
“I had an awesome time, I loved the children
and the work was always varied and “I want to go back! I cried all day when I
challenging. The Oyster representative had to leave Canada. I had such a good time and I’m really
glad I went. It was definitely worth it and I heartily recommend it
was always friendly, contactable
to anyone!” Kara Burnett, Canada
Katie Johnston, Romania “It was great to be able to work in a Secondary and Primary School
and to see the differences.” Rebecca Bradley, Tanzania
“My 3 months in Kenya was one of the most amazing experiences
I have ever had. Staying in a country… getting to know the people
and really feeling at home in the place makes for a great way to
spend part of your gap year.” Tim Durrant, Kenya
For details of our voluntary and paid
placements, visit www.oysterworldwide.com
or telephone 01892 770771
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