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Frontier

I volunteered for the Costa Rica Big Cats, Primates and Turtle conservation project as part of my placement year at university. I stayed for 12 weeks and it was absolutely amazing! After a stressful arrival of losing my luggage at the airport and my bag at a bar I was truly set at ease as the Frontier staff tried everything in their power to make me feel at home and get my luggage back (which happened rather quickly!) and the volunteers were so friendly, lending me their belongings until I had mine again. I truly felt looked after already. The camp is amazing, very simple but then that it what I wanted to experience. Hammock living is great and the food was interesting, we had some great cooks. The surveys were exciting, I especially loved the primates and being so close to them, they even visited us on camp, I was in my element. The turtle and otter surveys were great too however there was limited activity due to the time of year (March - May). There was not only work to be done but we all enjoyed lots of fun time either playing games, volleyball, football, sunset walks, night walks, yoga, nice bars - its all very social and relaxed. No one ever forced you to come on anything it was totally up to you, it was great. The staff were very friendly, informative, helpful and hilarious. I chose to do a BTEC Advanced Diploma on primates and I had loads of support from the team, especially my mentor who was very dedicated to my research and enthusiastic for my walks and with whom I learnt a lot about Costa Rica. There is plenty of time at weekends for excursions such as horse riding, Corcovado national park, animal sanctuaries, dolphin tours, snorkelling etc. And if you really want to do something around the area the staff will try and make it happen for you, if feasible. My only complaint is that it costs a great deal of money to stay (which is defiantly worth it) but there wasn't much scientific equipment to be able to carry out serious conservation research which is a shame. Overall I would definitely recommend the Costa Rica project, the animals are beautiful and so varied and the people really make it so enjoyable and I look forward to catching up with them when they return!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: May 28, 2015
Overall:
7
Support:
8
Value:
5

Travellers Worldwide

I am extremely disappointed…

I chose this company in good faith when I decided to go to Australia to have a rewarding working experience. As it turned out, the large amount of money to find me a training experience was no more than coffee making placement. We can say that my experience was extremely good in increasing my skills in the use of a photocopy machine. I met 2 other people who made an internship by Traveller and they were both disappointed, but they were lucky to didn't take several months as I deeply regret!

At the beginning, the staff of Travellers were nice (I mean the minimum), which is quite normal I guess as they want you to choose their company... But once I started my training, I contacted the person in charge in Australia to talk about my deception regarding my work, and she just tell me that "it's probably gonna be better after"... so I continued my internship, doing all the tasks even if it was really useless in term of experience and even for the company, until the end, by respect to my colleagues and regarding my commitment. But I have to say that doing a useless job when you don't get salary it's already a waste of time, but if it's a useless job and you also paid a lot of money for it, I just call this a big scam.

Furthermore, I was also really disappointed by the staff of Traveller and their lack of courtesy and respect. As an exemple (but I have several), I had book my accommodation by Traveller: at one point, I wanted to leave the hostel few days (for a trip) and come back after, so I informed the hostel and also the staff of Traveller of my departure (as others have done). But when I came back, Travellers staff claimed to have used my money to paid the hostel when I wasn't here, and they told me that they will not refund me those days. So I could understand this without any problem. But the truth is that the hostel didn't received any money from Traveller for those days, and the manager of the hostel gave me the bill as a proof. Traveller just lied to me and tried to keep my money instead to use for the services I paid for. When I contacted the headquarter to talk about my deception of this program, they didn't treat me with respect or even as a client, and they asked me to justified all the time, and even with the proofs that I sent to them, they never recognized their mistake and in addition they were unpleasant.

I have to say that my biggest disappointment wasn't really about the money I lost, but it was about the minimum of courtoise that I never get from this organism (staff in Australia as well as the office in UK).

So the result : I lost a large amount of money in this, no experience gain at all, and I was treated with no respect until the end. I really advice you to choose another company for professional experience, you could easily find better company and cheaper.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Australia
Posted: May 27, 2015
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Projects Abroad

This past spring break, I had the opportunity to spend a week in Cape Coast, Ghana and provide medical service in the local communities. I have participated in a variety of medical service trips abroad, and ProjectsAbroad was one of my favorite and most memorable trips. Of all the trips, I had the most staff support from the ProjectsAbroad staff members. Prior to travelling to Ghana, I spoke with three staff members. They informed me of all the details of the trip and were thorough with answering my answers. They always kept me informed of information that I needed to know. When I arrived in Ghana, the staff members welcomed me and made sure I was comfortable with my new surroundings. If we had any problems, they were always available to help. When they addressed me, they did so in a fashion that made me feel like an equal, not someone younger or inferior to them. They made sure that the other volunteers and I met the long-term members. They hosted a wonderful and delicious dinner for all of us. On the last night, the staff members took us out to local “hang out” spots where they introduced us to their friends and other colleagues. They made us feel like we had been friends for longer than a couple of days. In addition to wonderful staff, the homestay family was an absolute thrill. The entire family welcomed us with opened arms and did everything they could to make sure that we felt comfortable in the household. I had a wonderful time getting to know my family – we stayed up late at night telling each other funny and interesting stories.
In addition to having a wonderful experience, I became very good friends with the other volunteers. They had the same passion as I: wanting to provide medical care to those who didn’t have easy accessibility to care. It has been two months since I have been in Ghana and I still remain in contact with my fellow volunteers. I attended the graduation of one of my new friends – the other volunteers on this program are wonderful and are dedicated individuals wanting to help out and provide medical care.

Overall, I truly enjoyed my time in Ghana. I highly recommend travelling with ProjectsAbroad and I plan on working with them again in the future.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: May 26, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Travellers Worldwide

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7Days Best of Tanzania Luxury Safari: Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park&Ngorongoro Crater ($2400 per person)

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to Arusha City
Arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by one of our experienced driver guides, ready to greet and escort you to your hotel in Arusha. He will introduce you to this wonderful city and country.

After your long flight, you will be pleased to discover that Arusha - the undisputed 'safari capital' of East Africa - is perched at 1400 meters above sea level, keeping the temperatures and humidity relatively low. All around this important city are some of Tanzania's greatest delights. Mount Meru towers above Arusha, while even distant Kilimanjaro can be seen on a clear day. Arusha provides the ideal starting - point for safari - lovers, within reach of Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

The city even has its own natural attraction, Arusha National Park, close by. Named after the Wa-arusha residents of the town, this busy agricultural, administrative and tourist centre is the perfect place to relax after a long journey… and before you set off on safari, the holiday of a lifetime. Welcome to Arusha and welcome to Tanzania!

Accommodation: Silver Palm Hotel
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 1 Arusha– Tarangire National Park
After a short briefing your luggage is loaded onto the vehicle and you head in direction of the Tarangire National Park. Giant Baobab trees, the bush savannah and the seasonal marshes add to the wonder of this nature reserve. The park covers approximately 2600 sq. km and is roughly the size of Luxemburg. The Tarangire National Park is considered as one of the best places in East Africa to see elephants up close. One reason is that there are approx. 4000 animals in the region and another is that the elephants are not too bothered by the presence of motor vehicles. In addition to observing elephants, you will also have a chance to see the beautiful Maasai giraffe, various gazelles and antelopes, buffalos, lions, leopards, baboons and over a hundred different species of birds. After a day of wildlife watching, you will stay in the park in the late afternoon and drive to the Tarangire Safari Lodge,where you will overnight. Lunch; Dinner

Day 2 Tarangire Region – MtoWaMbu cultural programme – Lake Manyara
After breakfast the journey continues to the village of MtowaMbu near Lake Manyara. Over the years the village has attracted people from various ethnic groups and the wide variety of backgrounds and ethnicities has created a multicultural atmosphere in MtowaMbu. After a short briefing your guide will take you on a walk through the village and its surroundings. From banana plantations to rice fields, from the local medicine man to the local brewery, from the paint and woodcraft workshop to the local school – the village walk gives you an insight into the daily village life. Lunch is prepared by a communal women’s group and served at a local compound. It consists of a wide variety of African dishes, giving you the opportunity to taste the traditional food.
After this wonderful experience you will visit the Lake Manyara National Park. The protected area encloses a large part of the alkaline lake of the same name. This amazing lake is the seasonal home of a giant flamingo colony and many more waterfowls. On the lakeshore, you can also observe elephants, hippopotami, buffalos, guenons, banded mongooses and numerous types of gazelles and antelopes. Furthermore the park is well known for its “tree climbing lions”. Visitors can regularly observe lions taking a nap in the tree canopies or escaping from the heat on the ground. After watching the animals and exploring the national park, you leave the park in the afternoon and travel to the Kirurumu Manyara Lodge. Soon, the higher lands are reached and a wonderful view of the Maasai Plains and the Lake Manyara opens up before you. Photo stops will be taken and you will be able to enjoy the spectacular views. You spend the night at Lake Manyara Serena lodge. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3 Lake Manyara Region – Serengeti National Park
Today you make your way to the vegetation rich crater highlands. You continue to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area via Karatu. After passing the crater highlands, you will soon see the plains of the southern Serengeti. On the way to your camp, you will start to understand the meaning of the word "Serengeti" which comes from the Maasai word “Siringitu” and stands for endless plain. The southern Serengeti plains literally seem to go on forever, stretching until the horizon and only interrupted by the so-called “Kopjes” or “Inselbergs” (strange looking rock formations). These plains are the ideal hunting grounds for cheetahs and other big cats. In the afternoon, you will reach your destination for the day. Depending on the season, you will either stay at the Serengeti Serena Safari lodge inside the park. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 Serengeti National Park
Today is set aside for game viewing and the Serengeti is at your disposal. The best vantage points and worthwhile areas are chosen to give you the best possible chance to observe animals and to capture the perfect photo. Depending upon the time of year, you have the chance to witness the great migration with hundred thousands of wildebeests and zebras. During the small rainy season in October and November, you will typically see these herds moving from the Kenyan Maasai Mara through the northwest of the Serengeti to the plains in the south. After the great rainy season in April, May and June, the herds slowly travel back through the western and north-western part of the Serengeti. With fluctuations in rainfall, this timetable can change resulting that the animals migrate during different times and routes. Your guide will know where and when to find the animals and will make sure that you can see the animals from the best spot in the national park. You will spend another night at your lodge. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5 Serengeti National Park – Karatu – Coffee Walk
On your outward journey to the Serengeti National Park Gate, you will have another chance to observe the beautiful animals of Africa. Leaving behind the wonderful Seronera Valley with its wildebeests and zebras as well as occasional visitors like lions and other large cats such as cheetahs and leopards, you will exit the Serengeti and drive towards the Ngorongoro Crater. After a picnic lunch at a designated picnic spot, you will travel in direction of the Ngorongoro Crater. As soon as you reach the crater’s edge, you will see the giant Ngorongoro Crater and the caldera opens before you in all its glory. You will cross the conservation area and make your way to your lodge near Karatu. The Ngorongoro Farm House lies in the middle of a coffee plantation and has wonderful views of the fertile crater highlands. In the afternoon you will join a coffee walk where you get to learn more about the cultivation and processing of coffee as well as about coffee itself. Overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6 Karatu - Ngorongoro Crater – Karatu
After breakfast at daybreak, you will travel back to the adventurous trail that takes you into the crater. Grass steppes and acacia forests are home to almost all the species of animals found in the East African savannah. In only a few hours, you have the chance of spotting the big five - lion, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopard. After extensive game viewing and a picnic in the crater, you will leave the highlands of Ngorongoro in the afternoon and travel back to Karatu to spend another night at the Ngorongoro Farm House. Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Day7:-Karatu–Arusha
After a relaxing breakfast, you will travel back to Arusha, where you will arrive around noon. Breakfast; Lunch
• This tour accepts children from the age of 3 yr’s and above
• The itinerary of this tour can be customized
• In case an accommodation is fully booked we'll suggest a comparable alternative
Included in Tour:
• 6 nights’ accommodation.
• Meals: Full Board – Breakfast, Hot Lunch or Picnic Lunch and Dinner while on Safari.
• All Transfers and Transport, Park Fees, Hotel Accommodation.
• Game viewing activities as stated in the above tour/safari description.
o Services of a Safari Driver/ Guide.
o Safari tent, Safari cook and camping supplies.

Not included in tour:
o International air fares.
o Any required Visas.
o Travel Insurance.
o Items of a Personal Nature.
o Tips and Gratitude’s to Safari Staff.
What to bring:
o Clothes.
o A warm sweater as the nights can be chilly at high altitudes.
o Comfortable shoes.

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Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: May 26, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Sol Education Abroad

I went to Costa Rica seeking adventure and found it in many more places than I anticipated. Not only did I get to experience the natural beauty the country offers through excursions provided by Sol and personal travel, but I fell in love with the culture. My host family provided me with support, the most delicious food, and eventually became a second family. My directors were more than helpful and were my most trusted teachers. Other students on my program became my closest friends. Costa Rica has more to offer than just volcanoes and gorgeous beaches - and Sol will teach you how to be more than a tourist: how to be a traveler.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: May 24, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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