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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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Here I am, on Mafia Island Tanzania. Diving in an incredibly beautiful place, surrounded by new friends that feel as though they will last a lifetime.
As the Assistant Dive Officer, being in the water is how I spend my day-to-day life on Frontier camp. Although they’re always is time for a mangrove walk and a bird survey or a walk into the village for chai and fresh doughnuts. The environment is beautiful, the local community it welcoming and helpful, and our Frontier family is fantastic.
As a scuba diver instructor on paper and at heart, I came to Mafia knowing about the underwater world, but was continuing on my way to understand the vast world that lives below the surface. Since arriving on camp I have not stopped learning. Learning about the local marine life, the aquatic environment as a whole and about how I can assist in the fight to save our oceans.
Our supportive staff, both local and international, bring vast quantities of diverse knowledge and experience to create an inspiring team of individuals that have formed together to create a working ‘conservation machine’. Whale Sharks outings, turtle hatching, environmental days with the local children and conservation lessons in the local schools.
The varying diversity of daily experiences have helped me concrete my goal to continue my professional career in marine conservation. Taking my love and new knowledge for the oceans and passing these lessons onto my students.
I want to pass on a huge thank you to all our camp members who have helped me learn more about myself and the underwater world, which is were I feel most at home.

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Posted: October 23, 2014
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10
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10
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10
By: asherwood
Age:
20

I have just spent 6 weeks doing the forest programme in Madagascar. I can honestly say that it was some of the best weeks I have ever spent. The staff were great, they were all passionate about each project. The camp was like something you wouldn't have imagine but surprisingly homely, although it was basic everything was accounted for and the atmosphere was truly amazing.
Having not studied science at a degree level I didn't feel like I was out of place during the project. I learnt so much about different aspects of science and found myself leaving with a much larger interest in thing that I wouldn't have thought I would have enjoyed so much. Madagascar is a truly beautiful and unique place and I'm so glad that I got to experience it with the guidance of the Frontier team, they really made my time amazing and would recommend to anyone to do the same as I did, no matter how long you are thinking of going for you are will be made to feel like part of the frontier family.

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Posted: October 17, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9
By: fmcumber
Age:
21

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Thanks for your review and for being part of our "family"!

I spent one month doing Beach conservation on Madagascar and it was amazing. I really had no expactations going in, I booked my trip in a haste wanting to leave home and be part of an adventure. This was all the adventure one could want, the camp exceeded my expectations it was simple but you had everything you needed. I had no prior knowledge in this area so this program taught me a lot about beach conservation and all the small things we can do to help the environment. The staff were great they were always around if you needed them and the other volunteer were amazing as well I met so many interesting people from all over the world. It was challenging, exciting and spectacular and I would definitely do another volunteer trip in the future.

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Posted: October 10, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
8
By: Epousette
Age:
19

I was apart of the Sea turtle conservation project in Greece for two weeks. I have previously been on two other Frontier projects so I already had great expectations for the experience. I was keen to take part in the turtle conservation project as I was eager to learn more about turtles and the protection they needed, which I did to a great extent. I arrived on the project at the beginning of September 2014 so the start of the hatching period. I was able to get involved straight away the next morning after settling in. The very first morning i was up at 6am to go onto a morning survey where i saw my very first baby sea turtle. We patrolled the beaches each morning to see if there were any signs of hatching's over night , most mornings we would see many hatchling tracks and occasionally some baby turtles which hatched late.Seeing a turtle hatchling make it to the see for the first time was the greatest experience of the whole trip! In the evenings we would do nest excavations which is where we would dig up a nest which had been hatched for 10 days. All the eggs inside would be counted and separated into hatched eggs and unhatched eggs, the unhatched ones would be opened up to see what was the cause of the egg not to hatch. You soon learn that turtle eggs have a very distinct smell and it's not a pleasant one, though you do get used to it eventually. when we weren't doing surveys or excavations we spent our free time catching up on sleep or eating endless kinda Buenos and other chocolate. Once i had gained a bit more experience i was able to get hands on with the excavations. Occasionally during excavations we would find live hatchlings which we would gather up in a bucket and release after we had finished. The largest batch of live turtles we had was 47 from one nest , all the turtles couldn't fit inside the bucket so an improvised play pen was constructed to house them till we were ready to release them. To help them on their way we would build a trench to the ocean to keep all the turtles on the right track and to stop them from being disorientated. On camp we had a little competition to see who could get the best baby turtle selfie , with so many turltes there i took my chance and took endless photos. No matter how many times you see it when you get to watch the turtles swim off into the distance it always makes you smile.

I got to see so many turtles and meet a great group of people while i was on the Frontier Greece project I wish i had been able to stay longer. I would 100% recommend this project to others to take part in , it is a conservation project that you are hands on making a difference and it is clear to see ! My experience was great and that was down to the amazing Frontier staff , the other volunteers , the beautiful beaches and of course the baby turtles.

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Posted: October 9, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
20

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Thanks for the review Charlie, and congrats on your win!

I pretty much crashed into Frontier's Madagascar Marine Conservation and Diving project, booking it barely a month and a half or so before I even had a fraction of the assorted kit I'd need on camp. Do I regret doing so? Yes and no. On the one hand, the extra planning time would no doubt have saved me a great deal of stress where travel planning was concerned. On the other, I would have missed out on meeting some truly stand-out folk who I can't imagine not having shared the experience with.

The staff are all fantastic people, able and willing to help with pretty much any problem you might have, whether that's identifying a particular species of amphibian or fish, to finding out about sudden, unexpected flight changes. I never once felt like I was unsafe around them, and the manner with which they conducted themselves was a constant reassurance. Diving and even learning about the various invertebrates and coral reef fish, felt fun with these guys and girls, and my diving instructor Gin Fleming deserves no small amount of praise for making everything diving easy to understand, never making me do anything I wasn't comfortable with doing until I felt confident enough to pull it off.

Conditions are basic, as advertised, but not so much so that you feel like you're actually roughing it. Food is generally rice and beans aside from the odd supper, which you generally need to shell out a small sum of cash for and some of these, such as the Thursday Steak Night, are pretty fun to participate in.

Overall, I had a blast. I went in feeling more than a little shaky about the entire thing. The staff, the people, the place quickly put paid to these thoughts. Aside from an admittedly hellish time journeying back home (none of which, was any fault of Frontier's, it should be stressed), the experience was just that, and what an experience it was. If you're looking to do some good work with some classy people in a great location, look no further - just don't fly with Air Madagascar!

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Posted: October 5, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9
Age:
21

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Thanks for your review, Alec - much appreciated!

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