Had the most amazing placement - the Fiji Sun was more than I expected and I get to do and see so much! Excellent and I don't think people reading the website really understand this. My whole experience was amazing, the lodge is great and makes you feel really at home. I made some great friends, both with Frontier and in Fiji.
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Frontier has over 300 projects globally, offering unlimited opportunities to volunteer abroad. You could be spending memorable days scuba diving off the brilliant white beaches of Fiji or discovering South Africa on a conservation project with lion cubs! You can learn new skills, gain valuable qualifications and make lifelong friends.
The project was a new experience. A lot of hard work but I think it's something that builds character. I'm hapy I did it, I feel a lot more world wise. After this I can do anything and eat anything! Thanks you Chloe for all the hard work you put in to the trail.
This company is a scam. We overpaid for the room and board at the sanctuary. Other volunteers come directly and pay a fraction of the price. They say they have 24 hr customer service but they NEVER answer the phone NEVER. They took a couple days to answer my email. The sanctuary has 75+ volunteers and they make us starve. They gave us literally two pancakes for breakfast and some chips and beans for dinner. We are not allowed to ask for a second serving. Most people go snack on their own budget since we are all still hungry. Three of the four bathrooms are broken. I am still here at the moment and they haven't been been fixed for a week since I arrived. Keep in mind there are over 70 volunteers here. We try to find stuff to do but there is nothing to do for all of us. They keep getting mad if we just stand around. We work long days and are not allowed outside of the property to even go visit other places except on our day off once every seven days. I planned on being here for four weeks but am so disappointed that I am trying to leave asap. They will not respond to us or negotiate any sort of refund or credit for the three more weeks I have left. All I am asking at this point is to not make us starve. This is human rights abuse. Do not keep bringing in more volunteers and make us suffer. When I asked where does the $2000 I paid for the month go they say they are working on "research" projects that require the funds. Nothing but a SCAM. Would not reccomend it ever. There are tons of volunteer opportunities around the world where they treat you right and I am happy working for. Frontier is not one of them.
Overall the experience was amazing - great to learn from the science officer about the science aspect of the project, and the dive officers were awesome too. Learnt loads while here and am planning already to continue my marine conservation career and education.
When i first landed in Tenerife i was nervous and excited, it was my first time going abroad alone and i didn't know what to expect, but i was not disappointed. I met two other volunteers at the airport and by the time we got to the house we were already getting along so well! As soon as we arrived food was prepared for us and it was delicious, we then had a house tour and the house and rooms were so much bigger than i expected! You also get a beautiful view of the sunset from the balcony and you can also see the coastline. The next day we went through training, this was to ensure we knew what to do on the boats and with the data we would collect, training was fun and really easy to understand i felt settled in by the second day and i knew i’d never want to leave the project! That's why i decided to add another week on after my two week stay, i definitely do not regret that decision at all. Over the three weeks i experienced the most amazing things, i went kayaking for the first time and a dolphin spy hopped right next to the kayak and then swam underneath i highly recommend going kayaking to anyone that wants to do the Tenerife project. I climbed mountains and El Teide which was breathtaking, i also tried paddle boarding for the first time and i was really bad at it but would still do it all over again! However the most amazing parts of the project was by far the whales and Dolphins, i had never been on a big boat like the Peter Pan before so i was excited to go on, my first boat was the best because i remember seeing the dolphins and was so hypnotised by them i nearly forgot to do my data! It was my first time seeing whales and dolphins in the wild and it'll be an experience ill never forget, this project has offered me so many opportunities and i’m so glad i took part in a Frontier Project.
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