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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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After several bus rides and a boat trip we arrived on the island of Omotepe. We stayed in the Hostel Magdalena which had beautiful views over the volcano and Lake Nicaragua. Whilst on Omotepe we visited the picturesque fresh water beach where we chilled out in the sun and went for a swim in the clear blue waters. We had lunch in a cosy beach side café and lazed around in hammocks for the rest of the day, enjoying the relaxing atmosphere. Our journey continued to the colonial town of Granada which had a bustling central square full of street sellers selling colourful jewellery and ornaments. We stayed in Hospedaje Central which had large comfortable dorms. Whilst in Granada we enjoyed a guided Kayak tour on the Laguna Apoyo, sightseeing round the town and enjoyed the traditional Nicaraguan dances and local music in the nearby bars. We then continued to Leon on the local ‘chicken bus’. We stayed in a fantastic hostel, called Bigfoot, which had a really relaxed atmosphere. We were lucky enough to get the opportunity to go volcano boarding, after a long and tiring trek to the top of the volcano dragging our boards up with us we were rewarded by breathtaking views. We all boarded down the volcano, which was very scary but exhilarating. Some of us were better at it than others and one or two of us had a couple of tumbles but it was all good fun.

The night life in Leon is fantastic with there being numerous bars to enjoy the party atmosphere in. We all danced the night away to lots of Spanish tunes before crawling back into our comfy beds at Bigfoot.

We then headed up into the hills of Miraflor for our conservation project. Over the next three weeks we visited three different locations - Centro de Gestion, Finca Esmeralda and Orro Verde. During this time, we did daily birding sessions for an hour every morning and evening. Amongst others, we sighted many grackles, hummingbirds, toucans, flycatchers and vultures. We also performed daily butterfly catching sessions to compare their relative abundance and distribution between the three different areas. Also, whilst in Miraflor, we enjoyed a day of horse ridding with a local guide. The trip was very enjoyable and we were each given a delightful placid horse and spent six hours in the saddle. We trekked through the dense picturesque Nicaraguan forest and splashed through rivers - we had a lovely day, although we ached a bit afterwards! In Miraflor we were lucky enough to be able to bathe in the beautiful crystal clear waterfalls. After the boiling hot trek to the waterfall it was so refreshing to cool off in the icy cold waters. At the last location, Orro Verde, we went on a guided tour of the communities organic coffee plantations, which was very interesting and gave us an insight into how the coffee plants are grown, whilst in the cloud forest, local families cooked for us. We enjoyed a combination of rice, potatoes, beans, eggs, plantain and tortillas for breakfast and tea. We were also taught by the local women how to make tortillas which was great fun although quite a long process. After recharging our batteries in Leon we travelled to Utila, which is one of the bay islands on the Caribbean.

Frontier voluntiers training for PADI Open Water certificationWhilst in Utila, we all decided to work for our PADI Open Water certificate. Obtaining the PADI qualification involved taking a written exam and completing lots of practical work under the water. Scuba diving was one of the best experiences ever and the feeling of being under water is like being in a whole different world. We were meters away from colourful fish, breathtaking coral and enormous sea turtles. We would all recommend the experience to everyone. The nightlife on Utila was almost as exciting as the diving and there was one particularly impressive bar called Treetanic which was built around a tree and had mosaic design inside it. It was beautiful!

We then travelled to the tranquil town of Copan where the cobbled streets and beautiful countryside made for a very relaxing couple of days. We also visited the Copan ruins and had a guided tour, which gave us an interesting insight into the Mayan culture and history. After our relaxing stay in Copan we headed for the bustling town of Antigua. We spent all day looking around the exciting street stalls and buying unique gifts for friends and family. We than caught a boat across Lago Atitlan to San Pedro. We spent a cool three days there chilling out (or hotting up!) in thermal pools, kayaking on the beautiful lake and relaxing in the hippy hangouts. We then travelled through Coban to Semuc Champey. We visited the natural pools which were amazing - they were all connected by waterfalls and we spent hours relaxing in the sun by the clear waters. Finally, we went tubing, which was very exhilarating but got us soaking wet!

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Posted: October 20, 2017
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By: granta77
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My 6 weeks on the frontier trail were amazing. It's my first trip to central america and having just finished university i wanted to go on a group trip and preferably one with some volunteering involved. The adventure travel part was fun and we took part in lots of activities in Mexico and Guatemala including diving, other water sports and various cultural experiences. The volunteering part was teaching primary age children in a school in honduras. i really enjoyed it and would have happily spent another week or two there.
Some of my fellow trail people are now heading off to costa rica to do the wildlife conservation and i kind of wish i was going to, but all in all it's been a great 6 weeks.

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By: maddy01
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My daughter went to Costa Rica with Frontier in June 2017. This organisation is awful and I would not recommend them to any student wanting to volunteer abroad. The project they offered on their website was not delivered and what's more they had no intention of delivering it as it did not exist. The substitute offered in Costa Rica was an inferior project to that paid for and all they did was make excuses. While out in Costa Rica they withdrew the project from their website, claiming it was misleading. They have no representatives in Costa Rica and their reply to emails was very slow. The Costa Rica Learning Academy CRLA was brilliant and I would advise people to go through them directly and cut out Frontier completely. My daughter had a brilliant time but it was down to the school and the people she met, nothing to do with Frontier. They are only interested in taking your money. Great if everything goes according to plan, but once you have an issue they are totally unhelpful.

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Posted: October 20, 2017
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By: MAH
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Just reached Costa Rica with the trail, and looking forward to a month at the rainforest conservation camp. It's been a blast so far, visiting three different Mayan sites, in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. We've been diving, volcano boarding, trekking, tubing and lots more. I'm loving my group and the trail leader and wish it wouldn't end!

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Posted: October 11, 2017
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By: SNAsh89
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The project is excellently managed and when participating you can see the reasons for all the surveys you do. The staff work tirelessly to ensure you get the most out of the project.

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Posted: October 10, 2017
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By: parsons77
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