S. they'verecommend the programme enough, as soon as you arrive you feel welcomed and a little bit overwhelmed after the boat journey; with its views of nosy Komba and Lokobe National park, it's stunning! The staff are so enthusiastic about the projects, it helps you get up for those early morning starts and the walks. But once you've had the training in reptiles, birds, lemurs and amphibians, the active searches are really interesting, you never know what you might find. Camp though basic has everything you need. The view from the shower is not one you get at home. There's always a hammock ready and waiting after those long walks for a quick nap or a bit of time spent with a book. You get to know the locals, and their cooking skills when they bring in delicacies they've made. It adds a bit of variation to your diet of rice and beans. I was only there for 4 weeks but it was 4 weeks that I will never forget!
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I can't speak highly enough of this project. The staff are excellent, the facilities are excellent, the food is excellent, and the volunteer work that you do is broad, exciting, and helpful for the local Khmer community that lives on the island. From looking after some of the new born puppies and kittens to surveying reef sites around the paradise island in the beautiful cambodian waters there are so many different things to do to aid and research the wildlife along with educate the community.
I have been travelling and volunteering for nearly 4 months now and my time with frontier in cambodia was definitely one of the best. Even though i was there in the middle of the wet season i was still able to learn all the fish, substrate, and invertebrates along with help survey every transect in House Reef. We also had the chance to have a few beach bonfires, swim on a clear night in bioluminescent waters, aid with the construction of the school playground, conduct daily bech/reef cleans and even explore different parts of the island on our days off.
overall 10/10, cant complain.
I was part of Frontier's terrestrial research programme for 10 weeks on the beautiful island of Nosy Be of the coast of Madagascar, and they were, hands down, the best 10 weeks of my life. The moment you arrive on camp you are made to feel welcome, and you become integrated into camp and Malagasy life rapidly. The research programme was clearly well organised, and ran smoothly. We were all trained in bird, reptile, lemur and amphibian identification techniques, and we even got to handle snakes!! The staff were all knowledgeable, and clearly passionate about conservation, and this made us volunteers want to work harder. As well as their enthusiasm for science, everyone on camp bonded quickly, and it felt as if these people had been your best mates for ever.Camp life was simple and basic, but was never boring. With the forest behind and the crystal-clear waters in front, the views certainly never got old! When filled with people, camp could be noisy and exuberant, but there is always a quiet spot to read a book and stare at the view. Frontier were also clearly well-liked and respected by the local community, with whom we shared boats, party nights (and, in my case, clothes). Locals often wandered into camp, bearing platters of delicacies, prompting a mass run to the huts for cash. The slow pace of Malagasy life was clear, and you quickly become accustomed to waiting for 'Madagscar time'. This is the principle of "mora mora"- literally "slowly, slowly", which perfectly summed up the pace at which the Malagasy take life. In short, camp life was laid back, and simply enjoyable, while the research programme clearly had a serious scientific approach, but was never boring, for who knew what awaited around the corner? In Madagascar, you never do, and that was all part of the most fun, enlightening and unforgettable experience I have ever had. Highly recommended.
My time in Madagascar was filled with excitement and adventure right from the start. My three week experience with Frontier was of the best volunteer programs that I have ever undertaken.
I first understood their commitment to each individual, when my plane was unfortunately delayed for half a day and despite not being able to contact staff, I was greeted with the welcoming smile of the community coordinator. Needless to say, I immediately felt at home in an unfamiliar country.
During my three week healthcare placement, activities ranged from teaching children the importance of hand hygiene to visiting a local polio orphanage. In the evenings, the team led the community youth club, where we were able to raise malaria and sexual health awareness. Additionally, we constructed a safe water solution at the primary school, and although it was initially used as a soccer ball cleaning machine, the children later loved its anticipated function.
My time with Frontier passed by too quickly. Though I did explore Madagascar for a month after my placement, whenever I ventured back into town, I was quickly looked after by Frontier staff and volunteers. The friends who I have made will forever remain irreplaceable, whilst my Malagasy experiences have helped shape my broader world perspective. A warm thank you to all at Frontier Madagascar and I am sure that you will continue your inspiring work.
Firstly I am stuck for words as it is not possible to put everything I have experienced in this small paragraph. I’ve spent 4 weeks in Greece with some amazing people and developed life-long friendships. This project has taught me so much about the loggerhead sea turtle and why it is important to try and conserve these endangered animals. The turtle project is one of the most hands on volunteering work I have done and has been beneficial in relation to my degree. There is a lot of walking and getting up early however, seeing a baby hatchling for the first time makes it all worth it. I would definitely recommend this project to anyone who loves animals and traveling is willing to work hard and wants to meet new people from all around the world.
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