Oyster Worldwide

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Oyster Worldwide is an independent company that places groups of volunteers in Brazil, Kenya, Nepal, Romania, Chile, Tanzania and Zambia. Possibilities are as varied as working with abandoned children in Romania to teaching English in a Tanzanian village with everything in between. We also offer a working placement in various ski resorts in Canada.

We take pride in preparing our volunteers with full pre departure debriefing, language training and support from Oyster’s experienced overseas staff. Volunteers contribute to local life gaining a deep insight into real life. It’s not all hard work, you will have a lot of fun being part of a group of like minded people.
Member since: 10 Oct 2006

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

  • We employ local drivers and use local people to teach the basics of the country's language.
  • Pre departure, participants are encouraged to buy things locally (e.g. teaching resources) when in the country in order to support the local economy.
  • We choose certain sound project ideas that will help the local community. We then give them financial support.

Environmental responsibility

  • We are working towards becoming ‘carbon neutral’ and our office recycles paper. We offset the emissions caused by our flights to destinations.
  • Participants are advised to use hand wash gel that does not require water and to take care with water, as water is precious and expensive.
  • Participants are advised when trekking to keep to marked footpaths so as to prevent further erosion of the landscape, and to not litter.

Social responsibility

  • We send people in small groups; no more than 15-20 at a time per country, and only 2 or 3 people in a village. We do this to enhance the integration of our participants into the culture and for the local people to not feel too overwhelmed and apprehensive of them.
  • All participants are reminded to be culturally sensitive and are given language lessons so that they can communicate at a basic level with the local people in their own language.
  • In all of our destinations, the work our participants do is beneficial to the host country. Be it in teaching the local community, caring for orphans or working in hotels.

After several years leading expeditions, Roger founded this business in 1999 to offer volunteer roles with animals, environments and communities. All staff are former volunteers with the company - they loved it so much they now dedicate themselves to it full time!
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