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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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Spending the last 6 weeks in Madagascar has been truly excellent. I am in my final year of medical school and went there to undertake my medical elective so I could experience healthcare outside of the NHS. The hospital itself where I was based was very basic but the work they did there was amazing – all the doctors and nurses were so skilled in what they did and within days they were getting me fully involved in treating the patients. I spent some of my time in A&E, dressing wounds, treating dehydration and complications of malaria. However, most of my time I spent in the maternity department, watching births and helping with vaccination clinics as well as antenatal checks. I felt so useful and the midwives were so lovely and friendly and really made me feel welcome in the hospital. I shall miss them a lot! Walking back from the hospital every day would take you through the outskirts of Hellville (the main town on Nosy Be island), past banana plantations, corrugated iron houses with children playing out front, through the port market with its array of beautifully smelling food (which I could never resist as my end of shift snack) and on into town (where avoiding the took tooks and zebu drawn carts was always an entertaining challenge)!
At the weekends and in the evenings I would spend time with the other volunteers who worked in the schools or who were involved in marine or forest conservation. Together we went exploring the island, seeing the beautiful beaches of Andilana, dancing our Saturdays away in the beach bars of Ambataloaka, snorkelling and seeing turtles around the island of Tanikely and frolicking in the cascades hidden away off the beaten track (just to name a few of our adventures). Between both the work side of the trip in the hospital and the exploring and hilarity I took part in with the other volunteers, I can honestly say it has been the trip of a lifetime.

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Posted: April 22, 2016
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I have been on the Costa Rican project for three weeks and found it incredible! Carate, the place where we were living, is absolutely amazing; it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been in my life. The staff was very sweet and always ready to help if necessary. They also gave lots of presentations during my time here and being on the surveys was always a lot of fun. I got along with all the other volunteers; we were all from different backgrounds, but during our time here, we became the best friends. Three weeks was not enough to explore this astonishing area full of wildlife and lovely people. I saw monkeys every day, woke up with the sounds of different bird species, searched for spiders, snakes and frogs during night walks, etc. I recommend everybody to come here and explore the real life by living in nature together with some lovely and very passionate people.

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Posted: April 21, 2016
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I participated in a week long project in Tenerife, more specifically the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Project hosted by the company Frontier. I had an amazing time throughout this entire project, not only did I learn a lot of valuable information about the cetaceans that occupy the waters of Tenerife, I also gained a lot of knowledge about the Island itself. I found the volunteering and the tasks I had to participate in very enjoyable, definitely a memorable experience. The accommodation was excellent and I found the hosts very professional and accommodating. This is an excellent project overall, and very good value for money. This was the first time I have ever volunteered abroad and it definitely will not be the last. If you are thinking about volunteering or undergoing a similar project, I cannot recommend Frontier highly enough.

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Posted: April 16, 2016
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I want to go into conservation and came here to gain experience before starting my degree. This project is amazing! I have had so much support and have learnt so many methods and strategies in conservation. The staff made presentations for me and sat down with me, going through some of my questions or teaching me what they know, like identification of species or statistics. The food is also surprisingly nice and the people are ace! Would definitely recommend this to anyone!

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Posted: April 16, 2016
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By: Nick88
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I'm on my last day here in Costa Rica waiting for my flights which I hope are cancelled so I can stay here longer!!! This project is amazing, I have spent 3 weeks here (I recommend you stay here as long as you can) and loved every minute of it, even with the never ending ant bites which seemed to effect me more than anyone else!. The staff and all other volunteers were amazing, really friendly and I've made some great friendships here. The trails we did were fun and challenging with so much variety on what you can do and i loved all of them, but the bird surveys were always my favourites. There is so much wildlife to see in Costa Rica I couldn't get over it! Without fail around 3 or 4 every afternoon troops of monkeys would come through camp, there is literally never a dull moment.

I chose this particular project because I wanted some experience in Conservation. The aims of the project and what they want to achieve are amazing with lots of presentations given to us on the various surveys they do, why they do them, their aims and how they relate to the overal aims of the project. I'm so pleased I took part in this project, I've learnt so much and it's really helped me to figure out the areas in conservation I'd like to go into and what to do for my masters. I will be back! Hopefully when I finish my degree to do the internship they offer or as a apprentice or staff member! Highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in wildlife in general and also conservation. The country is beautiful, it's wildlife, the food, the people and just everything about this place! You will love every minute of it!

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Posted: April 10, 2016
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