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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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Being a volunteer in the Osa peninsula for 10 weeks was an amazing experience that I recommend to everybody ! The wildlife is spectacular and the life on camp is great fun. I was really looking forwards to meeting and living with people who share the same passion and enthusiasm about wildlife as me. I made great friends from all over the world with whom I am still in contact and can't wait to see again.
If you plan to become a volunteer (in Costa Rica or somewhere else) I really encourage you to do a BTEC diploma. I did mine on the Green and Black poison dart frog and it was the best thing I did during my project.
Life on camp was so much better than I could have imagined. The food was incredibly good (even if it was vegetarian). Everybody on camp cooks at least once a week and you would be surprised at the variety of dishes you can do with veggies, rice, soja, pasta, coconuts...
People on camp become more than friends; we became a big jungle family.
The nights out in town or in the local bar called Bijagual were also lots of fun! Having a drink and dancing to Latin musique is always good fun after a week of long walks in the jungle.
The staff members were so passionate about their work. It really motivates you for the projects in progress or even your future life if you plan to work in conservation.

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Posted: January 29, 2016
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10
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10
Value:
10
Age:
20

Frontier's Costa Rica project based on the Osa Peninsula was good fun overall, whilst being informative and educational. The conditions on camp were far better than expected given that we were on a temporary camp, so a good bed and a shower was a pleasant surprise. Otherwise, the location is great and I've had some amazing wildlife experiences - particularly when a tapir wandered onto camp. The other volunteers were great for the most part and the staff were great, Jenna in particular!

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Posted: January 25, 2016
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10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
25

Having a gap year before going to uni has been the best decision for me and spending two and half months in the Costa Rican jungle has honestly been the best time of my life! It's only natural to be nervous before heading out on a project to the other side of the world, especially as an 18 year old, however my worries were soon vanished. The staff were great upon arrival, they helped set up my hammock, conducted a camp tour and most importantly greeted me with open arms and big smiles. I soon realised that the common Costa Rican phrase, 'Pura Vida' was very much apparent on camp and the surrounding area. The camp atmosphere is so relaxed and it's infectious! Even though camp is vegetarian, I still ate better in CR than I do at home! One of camps favourite dishes was 'Big soy, refried beans and chipati'. We all got very excited about food, and a good proportion of camp conversation was about food- particularly comparing British food with the American volunteers. Rice and pasta make up most of the diet, along with fresh veg and fruit that gets delivered on the Colectivo (local bus/truck) each week. The surveys were incredible, challenging at times due to the hot and humid climate and the amount of walking but I wouldn't change a thing and the views are worth the sweat! The average day consisted of getting up early, 4am, having breakfast (porridge or own snacks) and heading out on surveys. On the Primate and bird surveys we walked trails far into the jungle in search for wildlife. We also conducted track and print surveys up the rivers in search of big cats. The turtle surveys my favourite surveys! Seeing the little hatchlings waddle off into the fierce waves is so special. On night patrols it's amazing to see the mother turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. On the project you'll play an important role in the conservation efforts to help save these beautiful animals as due to climate change their inland habitats are threatened by rising sea levels. I would say during your stay you're guaranteed to see all 4 species of primate and the famous Scarlet Macaw- an endangered species yet flawlessly abundant in the Osa Peninsula, stunning. One of my favourite things to do was to watch the sunrise/sunsets on the beaches and the lagoon- great photo opportunities. Everyday is different and the jungle throws unexpected things at you- for example we had a visit from a Boa Constrictor, King Vultures and a Sloth! You learn so much about the wildlife by being given a species to research and feedback to the group- a newly introduced aspect. I had the opportunity to visit the local school where there were only 6 children- it was great to see their enthusiasm. It wasn't all work. Afternoons were often chilled where you could do what you pleased. Chill in a hammock, go to the beach, catch up on some sleep, write a journal, take photographs. We also spent some afternoons playing football with the family that lives next to camp-loved it! At the end of the week we often headed to the nearest bar called Bijagual or even into town for special occasions where we let our hair down, danced and enjoyed the music- the locals were great company. And we tried out the national beer, 'Imperial'. During my time in CR I went to Corcovado National Park where I was lucky enough to see a Tapir! Even though you have to trek in wellies, the experience was definitely worth the blisters! I spent most of my time in shorts and vest tops but at night I put my cool trousers on to save my legs from the mosquitoes- they loved me and I'm sure the repellant attracted them! We went to bed at abut 7 o'clock so we were ready to go early the next day, you soon adapt to the routine. The jungle is noisy and there are so many different and unique insects, amphibians, reptiles; even a croc or two in the lagoon! I would say go for as long as you can- had the money I would still be there. I was so sad to leave the jungle when my time had ended. The people on camp become your jungle family- I met great friends from all over the world that I'll keep in contact with. I could write and write and write about how amazing my time was and I can't encourage you enough to get involved with such a great conservation company. Costa Rica is a very special place. Had an absolute blast- thank you!! :)

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Posted: January 7, 2016
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10
Support:
10
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10
By: amywright
Age:
18

I was 20 years older than any of the older volunteers, but that made no difference. I felt that i was part of the team from day one. I did so much great stuff and enjoyed every moment of my time in Fiji. I was doing the marine conservation course where they taught me to dive, then whisked off to live a simple and rough life for 3 weeks on Beqa island. It was stunningly beautiful. I got to do a shark dive, shark tagging and got to stay on what is one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed.
I could have easily stayed much much longer.
The team who ran the project I can not praise enough. Ollie the divemaster was running the whole project himself for the first couple of weeks and it was just the best laugh. Lots and lots of diving and lots of joking about.
You must take a sense of humour with you and the conditions are very basic, but that just ment the bond I made with my fellow volunteers was so much deeper.
I have spoken to other people on similar projects and I know they didnt have the fun we had.

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Posted: December 10, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Gary
Age:
48

I can honestly say my 2 weeks on the Costa Rican project was one of the best experiences of my life. Costa Rica is a stunningly beautiful country teeming with wildlife - what better place to do conservation volunteering?!
The project offered a variety of things to get involved in - primates, birds, turtles, river otters...and it was real hands-on research. I learnt loads about how to do surveys and the collecting and recording of data. The staff were great at explaining everything we were doing and getting us to do stuff ourselves as quickly as possible.
I had experiences I never dreamed of - sitting a couple of metres from a female turtle on a moonlit beach while she laid her eggs, releasing hatchling turtles into back into the sea, seeing animals such as tapirs, anteaters and wild pigs - not to mention the monkeys who were regular visitors to the camp.
A typical day would start between 4.30-5.30am depending what surveys we were doing, we'd be out for afew hours returning mid to late morning, early lunch then out again in the afternoon and sometimes evenings. The surveys were organised so everyone got to do a wide variety and you were able to swap with others if there were specific ones you wanted to do.
The food was great - no fridge so vegetarian but with plenty of different fruits and vegetables available there was plenty of variety and people were amazingly creative.
There were 18 of us on the project while I was there - mostly aged 18-24 so I was by far the oldest but I got on great with everyone and I was treated just the same as everyone else. The staff were fantastic - really supportive and went to great lengths to make sure we got the most out of our experience including organising the odd social event :)
The living conditions were basic but perfectly adequate. The only thing that surprised me was that it was more physically demanding than I expected. Spending afew hours a day hiking in wellies in very high humidity and temperatures was tough - luckily I am pretty fit so coped OK but I would definitely recommend you make sure you are in good shape if you are considering this project.
If you want an experience you will never forget then I can't recommend this project highly enough.

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Posted: December 6, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
9
By: aeis7164
Age:
51

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