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   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
                                                                                                                 gain qualifications.
                                                                                                                                                          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
      Jon Arnold
                                                   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.
     Marguerite Weatherseed
                                                   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,
                                     Tanzania, Zambia
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
Women’s Literacy/
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.
Patagonia, Chile
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.
The Work
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)
                                                                                                        Tel Number
Postcode                                                                                                Name of Head of Sixth Form/tutor
Tel Number                                            Mobile Number                                     Name of Careers Guidance Teacher
E-mail address
Date of Birth                                         Age at time of departure
Father’s Name (including title e.g Dr)
Father’s daytime tel number
                                                                                                                    Please fix
Mother’s Name (including title e.g Dr)
                                                                                                                   one of your
Mother’s daytime tel number                                                                                       two passport
                                                                                                                   photos here
Do you hold a valid UK passport?

Yes                             No

If not, please state which country __________________________________________________________________
What qualifications have you already gained?
                                                                  Dates              Subjects
GCSEs (or equivelant)

A Levels/GNVQs/Scottish Highers
Others (please state)

What qualifications are you working towards at the moment?
                                                                  Completion dates   Subjects
A Levels/GNVQs/
Scottish Highers
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
7. Placement
What is your preferred destination?                                                                               What is your second choice destination?
1st                                                                                                               2nd
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

 8. Declaration
 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.

 Signature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 Date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 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
South Africa
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
awareness program.
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.

visit www.oysterworldwide.com for more info
                                                                             “Livingstonians are unbelievably friendly and
                                                                         welcoming so settling in with the locals wasn’t hard.”
                                                                                           Rachel Stephen, Zambia
and finally…
                                     “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
                and organised.”
                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
         Oyster Worldwide, Hodore Farm, Hartfield,
         East Sussex TN7 4AR

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