I spent four weeks on the Frontier Madagascar Forest Program and had one of the best times of my life! The people I met there, both staff and volunteers, were super friendly and helpful in answering all my questions. The social side of the program was a lot of fun and I know I have made friends for life! The diet and living situation took a bit of getting used to, as I am definitely a city girl at heart, but in the end I really enjoyed the simple way of life. The best part though, by far, was the animals! The species I saw on the island of Nosy-Be really ignited my passion for conservation. I hope one day to return to Madagascar and I recommend anyone looking for a good experience to get on board with Frontier!
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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.
The tenerife project was incredible! I left with so much knowledge about cetaceans and experience with collecting data. I went on many boat trips with informative project workers and other volunteers monitoring and recording data about cetaceans. Within two weeks my skills on the boat trips and writing up data massively improved and so did the qualities of my photo ID pictures.
The house we stayed in was comfortable and so easy to settle into, it had a great atmosphere and lots of space. It was easy to bond and make friends with other people on project throughout the boat trips, activities, briefing and sharing house chores.
I would recommend that anyone thinking about signing up for this trip, should do it for at least 3 weeks , it was so hard to leave! I am going on to study zoology, and a project like this is the perfect introduction to field work and the type of amazing people that run conservation projects. I definitely feel like i've had an unique experience, and unforgettable encounters with pilot whales, dolphins and a brydes whale.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Frontier. It has been fun and challenging working on the projects here in such a beautiful country.
I recommend these projects for the amount of personal growth i have had over these months, and for the friends i have made. The Homestay family are incredibly welcoming and make life so much easier when away from home.
With a great location and fantastic people, frontier Fiji marine is truly one of the best things you can do. the diving is second to none, Fiji is well deserved to be called the soft coral capitol of the world and not just soft corals, there's all sorts of marine life from sharks and turtles to lobsters, crabs and rays and of course a plethora of fish! With a strong scientific base you feel like you are giving back to the community and of course those communities welcome you with open arms. if you want to make friends and memories that will last a life time then definitely come to frontier Fiji!!
Frontier had provide me the opportunity to see the world while gathering work experience as a marine scientist. My experience so far had been priceless. I met and learnt to work with people from various backgrounds (both other volunteers and locals). The work is constantly challenging and allows me to grow both as a leader and a scientist.
Not to mention that I work in one of the most beautiful place on earth. I woke up in the morning to the view of dense rain forest. The diving was also divine. You can see anything starting from small beautiful nudibranch to 1.5 m white tip reef shark.
There's also the feeling of accomplishment that you have done something good for the environment and the community as we develop and established conservation projects with the team. This is definitely one of the experiences that will shape who I am in the future.
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