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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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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.

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Posted: September 22, 2014
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8
By: M Botha
Age:
22

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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Posted: September 20, 2014
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10
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8
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8
Age:
22

I was looking for an adventure I could get immersed in for the summer and make myself useful at the same time. Turtles have always been my favorite animal so I was really keen to spend some time being with them and learning more about them. I found out that Frontier offered the chance to study for a BTEC in conservation if you stay for 10 weeks or more which seemed perfect. I am so glad that I did a long stunt because of the massive sense of achievement from seeing a project through, and the knowledge you gain about real conservation issues. I have spent the whole summer on the beach, and it’s been brilliant to see hatchlings from nests that I found and protected. This is a massively hands on project where you feel like you are really needed and are making a difference every day. Loved it!

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Posted: September 12, 2014
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10
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10
Value:
8
By: Ria_Wicks
Age:
34

I spent 4 weeks on Madagascar with the forest side of the project and I would happily have made it 4 months. From the moment I arrived at camp I was impressed by the set up of camp the attitude of the staff and the location itself. Anyone with any interest in wildlife and the issue effecting it will find this trip interesting and stimulating.
Camp life is simple but satisfying and makes a nice contrast to modern life, it is well thought out and offers plenty of opportunities for socializing or finding somewhere quiet to read a book.
The research itself is interesting and the staff were extremely helpful. Helping the staff with their specific projects also offered an opportunity to break up the standard surveys which added to the interest.

but really if your still not sure if this is for you thurs night is steak night and fri night is party night enough said.

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Posted: September 7, 2014
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10
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10
Value:
9
Age:
19

The eight weeks I spent in Madagascar with Frontier on the Marine Conservation programme were some of the best of my life. I arrived on camp with a group of other volunteers and we were all in awe at the beauty of the location of our new home on the island of Nosy Be. The staff were immediately warm and inviting and our initial health and safety talk felt like we had known Lou (forest aro) for ever.

After being a nervous first time diver I felt incredibly well supported and well guided through my dive training and all my worries disappeared as Marg and Gin made us feel so comfortable through my open water and advanced open water. The learning was enjoyable and fun and we got to dive in so many beautiful dive sites around Nosy Be and our deep dive on the stunning marine protected island of Tanikely! Once qualified we were quickly thrown into learning our marine wildlife, such as , benthics, inverts, territorial and schooling fish. The enthusiasm and encouragement from the staff when leaning was infectious and the extent of their knowledge was so impressive. Each member of the marine team had their own interests, such as nudibranchs, turtles and sea horses and their passion for these subject came across and transferred onto us when we could correctly identify a turtle or hunt for nudibranchs! The dive sites we went to were all beautiful in there own way and each dive was different from the last. My favourite dive sites were the Three Brothers, Nosy Left and Turtle Towers, all featured drift and current diving, beautiful fish and the odd turtle, (I even saw the critically endangered green turtle!) I want to especially mention Gemma, the marine ARO and turtle nut who encouraged and guided me throughout the whole of my trip, and knew when to give me a good hug I needed it!

Life on camp was so much fun and living through both the July and August deployments, each having such different vibes as new people came and went was really good and we all became a family with everyone having so much respect for each other, even when your cutlery or mug was accidentally thieved! Camp was a lot different from my expectations, with our enjoyment being a high priority with different food nights, quiz night and party night being highlights of our weeks. Steak night was my personal favourite with everyone coming together to cook with a beer over an open fire, with the occasional call of "STEAK NIIIIGHHHT" which then chorused through camp. Camp is very much integrated into the local community and you feel like you are putting your money into the local people and thus helping the village develop. For instance Victor (our local Malagasy boat driver on the marine team) and Didi (the village president) both run shops , as well as Victor bringing almost daily snacks, such as samboss, pizza, dough balls, fried bananas and sandwiches!

Our days off on a Saturday we often went into town, dive trips to Tanikely and even once to the island of Nosy Komba. In town we have access to wifi, good food and the supermarket where you can buy treats for the week! As a big group we went to the cascades, which is a beautiful fresh water waterfall and lagoon where you can swim after a crazy taxi ride there! We also went to anothe local tourist location called Ambataloka which has an amazing burger place, beach bar and discotheque!

Overall I felt that everything we did with Frontier was well thought out and you feel as though the surveys we conducted were very worthwhile and that we were contributing towards protecting marine species and habitats. I would recommend (and already have) frontier to anyone interested in an out of the ordinary , once in a lifetime trip that gives something back!

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Posted: September 6, 2014
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10
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10
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9
Age:
22

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