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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.

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Frontier Tenerife Whale and Dolphin Project

Upon my arrival at the volunteer house in Tenerife I was welcomed in straight away by my fellow volunteers and Xiana,my project co-ordinator. Many of the volunteers had been there for a few weeks before. I was the first male on the project and couldn't wait to get started.

My first day consisted of household tasks such as preparing the house, cooking duties and the project briefing. To learn the different species and what I would be observing furthered my excitement even more. Although the project was new,it had already had a very good amount of planning and preparation behind it from the volunteer co-ordinator and Tracey who was a volunteer but was now working as a project assistant to Xiana.

Upon looking at the rota I was very excited to see that I was on four different boat trips throughout the week observing dolphins and pilot whales. The previous year I had undertaken another project with Frontier with the olive ridley sea turtles in Mexico,so my knowledge and CV was being filled with valuable field experience which will help my career into marine biology.

Everyday on the boats was amazing! To have the open ocean in front of you, the sea breeze, amazing crew, fellow volunteers and of course the pilot whales, made me realise that this is living of the highest order. Upon returning to the house,I had to input my data and recording any photographs we had taken. This allowed us to track the different pods, recording individual pod members and hopefully stand for higher conservation methods in the future for these majestic animals of the ocean.

Even though I was only on project for a week I was amazed at how quickly everyone worked together, respected each other's cultures and backgrounds and most importantly shared a passion for marine cetaceans. I have made some lifelong friends and even though we will probably never all be together again, I believe that the best photo graphs are the ones that we create in our memories. I certainly have a bucket load of which I'll never forget.

With smiles and thanks
Damion Vincent

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Posted: August 3, 2015
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10
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10
Age:
35

In June 2015 I volunteered for Frontier on their Big Cats, Primate and Turtle project in Costa Rica.

From the moment I arrived at the main Jungle camp situated in the lush forest at Piro, I knew that this project would be an unforgettable experience. The camp itself is quite simple yet blends in harmoniously with the jungle which gives it a tranquility that quickly struck me as I settled in to camp life. Although I had some knowledge of the wildlife of the area before my arrival, the density and array of creatures that surrounded me during my stay was stunning. From playful squirrel monkeys swinging from the canopy to delicate, brightly coloured butterflies and all manner of wildlife in between, I was constantly in awe of this vibrant tropical forest. The weekends were spent at the nearest town, Puerto Jimenez, located an hour’s drive from the main camp. This was a great opportunity to find out more about the area’s culture and lifestyle as well to enjoy the energetic nightlife alongside new friends and locals. One of the highlights for me was the dolphin tour, where we explored the beautiful Golfo Dulce. Snorkeling in the warm tropical water, exploring a mangrove swamp and driving alongside a pod of dolphins was one of the most unforgettable experiences of the trip. Overall the project was an invaluable learning experience and I will definitely be returning to Costa Rica...two weeks was not enough!

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Posted: July 31, 2015
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10
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Had the time of my life in Tanzania with Frontier. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about marine life and broaden their horizons. I came out to Tanzania not really knowing what to expect, but this place has completely fulfilled all of my expectations. Learning to dive and getting to PADI Advanced Open Water level in less than 2 weeks was simply stunning and learning all about the life in the reefs here was a natural addition. Getting to understand how to carry out a scientific survey and then completing around 20 of them really gives a purpose to your diving, which is always nice. Even though I was part of the marine team, I still got the chance to be involved in the activities of the other projects, which gave me a broader view of the island and the community. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and I would wholeheartedly recommend this project to anyone.

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Posted: July 26, 2015
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10
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10
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10
By: Teodora
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18

My trip to Tanzania has been one of the most amazing experiences. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, and made each day enjoyable. The program allowed me to experience thing i never have before, and will never forget. We were able to get really involved in the scientific research whilst mixing with the friendly locals and experiencing the Tanzanian way of life. Frontier is definitely a company I would recommend, and would love to take part in another one of their programmes in the future.

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Posted: July 26, 2015
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10
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10
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9
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18

I started the marine conservation program on the 6th of July. Had a wonderful experience with wonderful diving. The staff are great people who offer and safe and fun environment. A lovely peaceful Little island with very friendly local people. I was well taken care from the start to the finish. A definite worthwhile experience and highly recommended.

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Posted: July 26, 2015
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7
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27

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