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8.9 / 10 after 348 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings

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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Just coming to the end of 8 weeks on the Healthcare project, volunteering for the Fiji Cancer Society. The healthcare project hasn't been without its complications, but I have had a great time living as part of a Fijian family and have gained a lot of experience by being involved with clinics within the hospital. I would recommend Frontier and Fiji however the healthcare project needs some improvements before it is up to the same standard as the other projects that are run in Fiji by Frontier.

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Posted: April 24, 2014
Overall:
7
Support:
9
Value:
7
Age:
19

I feel the project has been so worthwhile and I feel like I have accomplished a lot whilst volunteering in Fiji on the teaching project.

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Posted: April 24, 2014
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9
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8
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8
Age:
18

An absolutely amazing experience. I honestly couldn't recommend it enough. A little pricey, but absolute nothing compared to what I've gained from the experience. Would reccomend this project 100%

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Posted: April 18, 2014
Overall:
10
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10
Value:
8
By: Bradsurps
Age:
18

I've done a lot of travelling in the past few years, and I must say if I ever imagined island life than Caye Caulker is definitely a perfect representative. The village on the south island is small enough to get around in a jiffy, while still having secluded spots on the beach where you can read a book. The locals are all familiar with one another, and I've made quite the contact list of my own along the way! At camp on the north island, you get a feel for the true nature of Belize - quite literally! There are trails to walk, activities on site which of course include snorkeling off the pier, in addition to PADI training and surveys. At the end of a long day my favorite thing to do is to chill in a hammock, and enjoy the breeze.
I sill have quite a while to be here, but I'm sure I will enjoy it and learn so much more than I have already!

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Posted: April 16, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
22

Had an amazing time in Madagascar on the Marine programme.

The staff in camp were brilliant, they were passionate about their role, extremely knowledgeable and always went out of their way to help. Having this support really made the project enjoyable, as there weren't any questions left unanswered.

Although I was only on the programme for a short 2 weeks I was able to take part in the surveying and learn the skills required for the conservation work we were partaking in on-site.

The Frontier camp was lovely and not as basic as I was expecting. The volunteers are always kept busy and the staff even arrange activities for the days off meaning that I was able to dive some amazing sites when not surveying or revising.

On a slightly negative note; I think my complaint would be the inefficiency of the Head office staff. I was incorrectly overcharged for my project which only came to light when I was pointing out that they had already put me down for the incorrect time period of 4 weeks and not 2.

I also had a few problems with the flight booking that I made through the partner company (GYT) where they had failed to put luggage onto one of my connecting flights even though I had specifically asked about my allowance. This cost me extra when I was in the airport.

Overall I would definitely recommend this project as although I experienced issues with Frontier Head Office and the flight company, I had no problems with the staff in-country once I had arrived.

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Posted: April 16, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
6
By: EmilyH
Age:
23

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Hi Emily, Very glad to hear that you had such a great time in Madagascar, and that you found the project enjoyable and rewarding despite the short duration! It is a shame that there were certain aspects of your experience with Frontier that you feel could have been improved. Mishaps with luggage are an unfortunate but inevitable part of travelling, especially when there are multiple connecting flights involved. I do wish this was something that we had more control over, but I’m afraid this is generally down to individual airlines as well as airport staff. With regards to your duration issue, I believe this was down to the issue of PADI dive training. We have a minimum duration for all dive projects where the volunteers in question require dive training. As you had no training at the point of your consultation, we had to deploy you for the 4 week minimum, which I believe was explained to you at the time. As you planned to gain your qualifications before your departure, we were awaiting communication from you to let us know that you had achieved these qualifications. I believe that your volunteer coordinator contacted you regarding this about a month before your departure, and upon being informed that you had gained these qualifications re-deployed you promptly for your chosen duration. It is essential for us here at headquarters to ensure that communication lines between ourselves and volunteers are kept as open and regular as possible, in order to provide the type of helpful and efficient service that we strive for. Thanks again for your feedback, and we’re very glad to hear that you had such a wonderful time. Another success story for the Frontier Madagascar team!

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