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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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Even though I was only on this project (Greece Turtle Conservation) for two weeks I feel like it has made me grow into a more independent person. The project has allowed me to experience and learn new things, such as relocating nests which are too close to the sea (under 18m) and experience a night survey, when the turtles come out to lay their eggs. I have met great new people which I probably wouldn’t have met back home but that’s part of it. It’s a nice change.

My favourite part of the experience is a tough one; I can’t say I have actually disliked any of the things I have got involved in, but as I have said before the night survey was a great opportunity to help with the tagging of any turtles which have laid their eggs.

We may have had to walk a few miles along the beach every morning to check if there was any new nests laid the night before but to be quite honest I really enjoyed it, what’s wrong with walking along the beach and watching the sun rise every morning. Oh and ofcourse the daydreaming while you walk is great too, just watch where you are walking.

The best advice I could give a new volunteer would be to be prepared for walking along the beach for a varied amount of time and possibly in the heat. Also to bring lots of plasters, you will cut yourself at some point! And lastly work hard.

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Posted: July 20, 2014
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9
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9
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19

I was very anxious before arrival in Madagascar to begin a Healthcare project of which I knew almost nothing about. Upon arrival however, the long lasting anxiety quickly faded as I was welcomed into open arms by the Frontier staff. I was immediately given a rundown of the things I was going to be working on during my stay in Nosy-Be. I was basically given the opportunity see what I enjoyed doing the most and what I wanted to continue doing during my stay. By the end of my four weeks, I really didn’t want to leave. The experiences I had during those four weeks were unforgettable. Whether it was going to youth club 3 times a week, designing and preparing a healthcare mural at École Frère, being said “hello” to by the young Malagasy children everywhere I went, playing (and winning) a football match against the nuns running the school, enjoying incredibly social party nights at camp every Friday, competing in Frontier’s very own Beach Olympics, meeting and being around such great people all day, or just living on a beautiful island for four weeks. This was truly one of the greatest experiences of my life, and if I ever have an opportunity to do it again … well, it’s a no-brainer. Although next time, I think I’d have to stay for longer.

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Posted: July 16, 2014
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10
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10
Value:
10
Age:
21

As soon as I arrived with Frontier Madagascar I immediately felt welcomed and at home. The camp was a lot more advanced then I was expecting having running water, sheltered living as well as having more of a choice than beans and rice everyday, including a steak night with vegetarian option. The volunteers and staff members all quickly became a close family making you feel confident and content speaking with anyone, about most things including with problems. The overall experience was amazing and this being my first trip abroad alone, was truly once in a lifetime. I learned so much in the two weeks I was there about the many species Madagascar had to offer, I wish I had stayed for longer as there was so much more to the island of Nosy-Be than expected.

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Posted: July 10, 2014
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10
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10
Value:
6
Age:
22

I arrived in Fiji to begin a four week journalism placement as organised by Frontier. I was placed at Mai Life Magazine, based in Suva. At the airport I was greeted by my project manager, Ria, and we boarded an express bus to Suva. Once in Suva I met the other volunteers at the Brown St homestay, and then myself and another volunteer were taken to our homestay, where we had our first ever kava ceremony.
After a day or two we started our placement at Mai Life. We were introduced to the staff and were set a list of assignments. It was all very daunting at first, but being plunged in at the deep end was the best thing that could have happened. We were essentially travel journalists, and got to travel to the Yasawa Islands, which were beautiful, and were given the chance to do Zip Lining and White water rafting. The placement was absolutely brilliant - everyone should do journalism!

Our homestay families were also very accommodating. It is a bit of a culture shock at first, but you soon get used to it. Be prepared for cold showers!
I have had such a great time, the project was very well managed and I wish I could do it all over again!

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Posted: July 10, 2014
Overall:
7
Support:
8
Value:
8
Age:
22

For someone who'd never properly left Ireland before, going to Madagascar for 5 weeks was a huge decision but I can happily say it was a great decision.
Between the beautiful surroundings, amazing staff and breathtaking wildlife there's honestly no where else id rather have gone.
From the time I stepped into camp to the time I left I've never felt so welcomed.
The staff on camp were not only super helpful but they really do their best to make sure you get everything you want out of your trip.
I couldn't be any happier with how my trip went and I'd go back in a heartbeat if I had the chance.

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Posted: July 9, 2014
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10
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10
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10
Age:
21

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