I have been working for Frontier in Tanzania for two months and it has been an amazing experience so far. I came here not knowing much about the culture but already have been brought up to speed by so many great people here. The diving is amazing. Beautiful reefs, virtually untouched and contributing to the science program here really gives me a greater understand of the reef environment and leaves me wanting to learn more. Living in this environment has its challenges but they are all met by people who are passionate about being here and getting stuck in.
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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.
I've been on Frontier's teaching project in Cambodia for the last 4 weeks and it's been absolutely incredible.
We are based in Siem Reap, and we teach at a local school for children who would not normally be able to receive English classes.
Siem Reap is an amazing town with the perfect mix of old and modern, chilled and hectic, with amazing culture, friendly people and fantastic bars and restaurants. There's never been a dull moment- there's always more food to try (the bug cafe, with tarantulas, scorpions and crickets was a particular highlight of mine), more bars to have an ice cold beer (Cambodia beer is my favourite), more markets to get lost in, more temples, ruins and museums to explore.
The teaching itself is incredibly rewarding. The children are so eager to learn and are always full of energy and enthusiasm. You quickly get to learn all of the personalities of the children and some of them can be very witty, even when they aren't speaking their native tongue. The younger grades love to play games and write on the board, which makes teaching them very entertaining!
At the weekends we have been able to explore the surrounding area. Angkor Wat was an obvious highlight- nothing can prepare you for the scale and sheer impressiveness of the place. We also visited floating villages, a butterfly sanctuary and the War Museum (our guide was a child soldier in the Khmer Rouge and his account of the civil war was harrowing and tragic).
All in all, the project has been a fantastic mix of rewarding work at the school, and an amazing opportunity to explore and get under the skin of this awesome town!
I'm a 26 year old Aussie with a fair share of travel notches in my belt and too be honest I didn't quite know what to expect when volunteering in a developing country. Frontier created an experience that I'll never forget, the perfect balance between fun and learning about such a beautiful country and it's inhabitants with a program that ran like clockwork. With the beach and coral reefs at the front door and the dense lush forest at the back this place makes paradise jealous! with out sounding cliché and cheesy my only regret is that I didn't stay longer. I have no doubt in my mind I'll be back!!!!!!!
I would say the best thing about working with Frontier is that they give you a push forward in life. A big push. Already in my first two weeks of working here have been exposed to things which I have never seen before in my life! That is why you have to keep an open mind and be very flexible. I got shocked and breath taken all in the same day. It is indeed an adventurous and intensive experience in every way that broadens your horizon. Here you develop all sorts of skills. And a skill presents a virtue only when it is challenged by the environment and people around it. And trust me, there is no better way to challenge yourself than working in a developing country. Staff at Frontier is one really cool bunch of people that you can learn so much from. All in all, adventure in every way!
I had a very positive experience being part of the marine research team in Nosy Be, Madagascar. Overall it was a very positive experience for me. I learned a lot about marine ecology and conservation and felt happy to be contributing data towards science reports that will help preserve this beautiful place. Camp live is very exciting and fun and I enjoyed being involved with the local community in the village of Ambalohnko, playing sports and teaching some english classes too. I really liked living as a community with other young people with similiar interests and made many friends that I know I will keep in touch with. Camp setting is very idyllic and it was great waking up everyday with the ocean on my doorstep and being able to explore it everyday was wonderful too. I would definitely recommend Frontier Madagascar to anyone who is passionate about exploring and wants to learn about the natural environment and conservation.
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