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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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I spent two weeks on the Forest project in Madagascar and it was amazing. I really wish I could have stayed longer. The staff were really helpful especially as had a bit of trouble with getting my bag. They did everything they could to track my bag down and were really helpful in getting me the stuff i needed in the meantime.
In the project itself you get to take part in a lot of the surveying that goes on and you go on 2 or 3 walks a day to different locations. All the staff know what they are talking about and you learn and see so much on the walks. Just in the two weeks got to see loads of lemurs and reptiles including a Tree Boa and best of all a really tiny chameleon (Brookesia minima).
The camp itself is quite basic but you got used to it really quickly and it made the camp feel quite laid back and relaxed. The camp and the village are right on the beach but surrounding them is the forest. Being so close to the forest means that wildlife comes on to camp which was really cool. There were lizards everywhere on camp including the communal table, so you really lived alongside the wildlife. The camp is right next to the village meaning you really felt like a part of their community. The villagers were friendly and welcoming and one of the villagers, Victor, and his wife cook a meal for the volunteers, for a small fee, on a Tuesday and a Friday. I wish i'd gone for longer and i definitely recommend project.

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Posted: December 15, 2014
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9
By: abbysykes
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18

I am half way through a 10 week volunteer project on Big Cats, Primates and Turtles in Costa Rica. It is the first time I have never been on a project like this in this part of the world, so I wasn't sure what to think before I went. I was a bit apprehensive as I have never lived on a campsite before and because I was older than the rest of the volunteers.

I must say the staff on site and in London HQ really made me feel welcome and regularly emailed me to see if everything was going OK. Life on camp is simple, but we do have running showers, flushing toilets and the nearby OSA research camp even has electricity and wi-fi. The food is basic, but pretty good.

The activities are really varied and the breadth of animals seen and the scenery is stunning. My favourite part so far has been the turtle walks at night. Nothing can prepare you when you see your first turtle laying eggs or when you release the hatchlings and watch them crawl into the sea. Seeing monkeys is always great especially when you are eating your lunch and you can see them just above you playing or eating.

The treks are also very good. You see many things, such as monkeys, birds, caotis, snakes, frogs, butterflies and many more. I especially like the ones which involve climbing up to the top of the nearby peaks as the views are stunning.

I would definitely recommend this as it so different to anything I have tried. It does take a bit of time to get used to camp life if you haven't experienced it before, but it is so relaxing compared to working in London - no crowds, no pushing, no traffic, no noise (apart from the animals).

I would advise you do some walking or exercise before you come as some of the treks are quite long and the work you do on the nearby organic farm can be quite strenuous.

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Posted: December 14, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
8
Age:
45

I spent 3 months out on the Frontier Madagascar project as a Conservation Apprentice and I would like to review that I did have an amazing time out there. As the camp is situated next to a small village it was great to immerse ourselves in their local culture and make great friends. For a lot of people, travelling is about learning about other nationalities ways of life and experiencing it themselves, so although on camp they have the option to meet people from loads of different places in the world, for me, it was being able to become acquainted with the locals.

As for life on camp itself the location was stunning, set in the middle of nowhere where you can only access it by boat with the option of waking up early in the morning and just literally walking out my front door into the ocean. The wildlife was amazing, terrestrial yes but the marine life was equally as impressive and it was surprising the vast diversity of marine life on the reefs there. Me and another staff member took to swimming in from the Home Reef and there were animals there such as a giant stingray bigger than me (which scared the life out of me by swimming away when I didn't expect it to), dolphins, humpback whales and so on. Course there were always going to be challenges there but overall I enjoyed my time there a lot.

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Posted: December 14, 2014
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7
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6 weeks ago I arrived here in Madagascar, all I can say is as an Adventurer on the project it wasn't long enough! However my time on the Forest, Marine, and community projects has been incredible.

The forest project was probably my favourite, seeing a Mouse Lemur and black and white panther chameleon has to be two of the highlights. Taking part in the active searches and surveys was fun because you never knew what you might find.
I'm really glad I participated in the community project, it was so rewarding teaching the kids, and I really enjoyed living in Hellville. Although there we're fewer volunteers the atmosphere in the house was great. Community was were I felt like I was making the most impact, and is where I wish I'd stayed longer the most!
My time on marine was mostly spent doing my PADI, and I couldn't think of anywhere better to do it. It was awesome, and the reef around camp is so alive, and although I wasn't there long enough to survey I still got to go out with the other mariners and do some fun dives.

I couldn't fault the staff at frontier Madagascar and London HQ, they were all extremely friendly, professional and great fun on camp!
My only regret is that I didn't stay longer!

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Posted: December 14, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
8
Age:
19

I have been an Assistant Research Officer in Costa Rica on the Big Cats, Primates and Turtles projects for the past 4 months, with two left, and can honestly say I feel incredibly fortunate to have been given the chance to do this. It isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and of course there are going to be things that go amiss or aren’t to everyone’s liking, that is the nature of the beast. For me though this has been an amazing experience on both a professional and personal level. I have gained so much more than I envisaged in terms of ecological and personal experience, it is true you get out what you put in. The staff I have been in touch with from the training at London HQ and here in Costa Rica have been immensely friendly and supportive as well as very understanding when personal matters have arisen. There is some amazing stuff going on out here both volunteer wise and ecologically that I cannot describe in words and can only say, come out and you’ll see what I mean. I feel very blessed to have been given the opportunity to do this as I realise not everyone gets the chance to live and experience the rainforests of Central America like this. Frontier are continually trying to improve and that is clear with their work ethic and I hope in time they can continue to provide more support for the science side of projects in terms of more equipment and supplies as there are great opportunities and people to carry out some amazing studies here. I have been at the heart of coming up with a new bird project out here which has been a fulfilling experience and one I know will stand me in good stead when I return home to push to become an ecologist. Whether you’re coming here for a break between school and Uni, or Uni and work, or to gain some conservation experience. Do it. Come with an open mind and the amount of new sights, sounds, sensations and experiences you’ll gain from it are too numerous to list and it is all thanks to Frontier that you can do that in a friendly and positive environment with like minded people.

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Posted: December 12, 2014
Overall:
8
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8
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8
By: DB
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