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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 chose to go on a trail as I wanted to be able to visit several countries in South East Asia with the guidance of someone who had been there before and could give me advice etc. Not having to worry about where I was staying each night and how I’d get to the next town etc. was a massive draw as well, it saved a lot of stress! It appealed to me to be able to meet new people from different places, and being put in a group definitely met this criteria. The trail also appealed to me as it listed teaching and gaining a TEFL certificate as part of the trip, and this was a massive influence when booking the trip with Frontier. HOWEVER, since coming back from the trip, I have just found out this is not an actual TEFL certificate and no relation to the official TEFL organisation itself, so I am hugely angry and disappointed in this and will be pursuing the issue further..

We spent a fair amount of time preparing for the lessons at the school in Cambodia, so this definitely took up some activity time! However there were definitely a fair amount of restrictions on the activities we could do due to what was deemed ‘unsafe’, sometimes unfairly so, and whether everyone in the group wanted to participate. There was however, no clear definitive list as to what activities were covered by Frontier, and this cause a lot of stress and friction in our group. There was a huge amount of miscommunication.

The accommodation was really great, thanks to the efforts of our group leader. 90% of the time we had a great choice of rooms which weren’t too cramped and were clean and comfortable. They were usually very close to the main areas we wanted to be in, and the staff at all the hostels really made it a memorable stay – they were so kind. Our group leader was so helpful and always happy to find out more info and source activities for us. She was eager to explore and experience the culture of the places we visited, so this matched my interests and rubbed off on the group in general! The other volunteers were all lovely, mostly younger than me but we all got on very well. It was great to meet people from all difference places and even countries.

The teaching we took part in was very poorly organised, we weren’t allowed to go to the planned school for the first week, so we worked at a night school further away. This was rewarding work, however there was a miscommunication with them that meant they thought we’d be there for the next three weeks. This meant that even when the planned/normal teaching resumed, we had committed to teaching at the other school as well. This made it a very long, tiring day and we had to cycle in the dark, quite far to the other school to teach there in the evening. It was also extremely disappointing to hear that Frontier made no monetary donations to the school, and for the teacher to bring this to our attention was highly embarrassing. After each of us spending so much money to be on the trip, we all expected some of this to go to the school we were teaching at.

I wanted to feel like I’d made the right decision coming on this trip, and feel like it was worth the money – sadly this did not happen. I was generally hugely disappointed with the trip and felt like there was so much miscommunication with Frontier, rules they didn’t tell us, restrictions, and misleading information. The budgets for everything on the trip were so small, and really, I didn’t see much evidence of where all the money we’d spent on the trip was going.

For any future applicants who are considering going on a Frontier trip, ask lots of questions before you book your trip, and make sure you know what is and isn’t covered by Frontier. I would do as much digging for other reviews on 3rd party sights, and just seriously consider whether you use Frontier or choose a different company. I had a bad experience travelling with them, and if I could go back I would not use them. I have also been made aware that the same problems we incurred had happened many times before on previous trips, and no changes had been made to prevent these issues arising again.

I think Frontier really needs to ensure that all the information they provide to everyone is more up-to-date and correct. Much more research needs to be done, for example the entrance fee for Angkor Wat had increased (a year before we went, consequently several groups had been before us since this change) which meant that our budget was smaller for other areas, however this should have been considered and dealt with before. Rules, regulations, and restrictions should all be translated correctly to any group members and they should be made aware of this BEFORE payment. And I strongly believe a more detailed analysis of specifically where the individual’s money is being spent, should be provided. Considering the offer was made to a member of our group that if he invited a certain number of friends, he could be a trail leader (with no experience, training or capabilities for this) I strongly get the impression that as a company, Frontier are simply out to receive as much money as possible, and are not focused on the welfare and satisfaction of those who take part in their trips.

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Posted: January 7, 2018
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3
Support:
1
Value:
3
Age:
23

I spent one month in Belize as part of the Frontier manatee conservation programme. Even though I wasn't there during manatee season and I didn't see any manatees, I was still able to contribute to the project by monitoring feeding sites and helping monitor the reef which was really interesting and fun. I really enjoyed camp which is in a very remote condition and very basic. The staff was very helpful and knowledgable. The sand flies can be difficult to deal with but the wind made it very comfortable to live on camp and I also had a lot of opportunities to enjoy the south island where tourism is very developed and you can have a lot of fun in the week-ends.

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Posted: December 3, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
8
Value:
8
Age:
21

My name is Natalie, I have traveled to Caye Caulker, Belize from Ontario, Canada. I have come here to take part in the Frontier volunteer dive program for 3 weeks. Being a part of the frontier dive program here in Belize has been an incredible experience ! I have done many dives previous to this program but they were always for recreational purposes. The purpose of the dives done with fronteir is to collect data. Its a really different experience while dving and I have really enjoyed it ! We partake in surveys such as coral transects, coral collonie counting, lobster surveys, lionfish surveys, seagrass surveys ect. I have gain alot of knowlede while being a part of this program, I like that now when I go diving and Im looking at the underwater world I know the species I am observing and I have an understanding of how life under the sea works. There are other volunteers here that I work alongside who are a part of other progams such as mannatee conservation and beach conservation. Dagny, our principal investigator has done a wonderful job of mixing the three programs together so that I and the other volunteers are able to work together and be a part of extra things than was planned for us. For example we have planted mangroves which is a part of the beach conservation program. I now have my own mangrove nursery growing on the north island of Caye Caulker named « Nat`s Nursery ». I hope one day I can return to see it completly grown over. We live on the northern point of the north island. It is very quiet and peaceful here, One of my favourite spots is the hammock at the end of our dock. I like to lay out there at sunset with my island best friend, fury, the camps dog. Back home in Canada I often begin my work day just before sundown and late into the night. The island life is much different. Here we begin our work in the morning and we always finish at sundown. Which gives us the evening to wind down and relax with friends or in our own space. Its so nice to have time for me, sometimes at home it feels impossible to just relax and take time for me. I only have a few more days to be a part of this program which is very upsetting. The project coordinators and my fellow volunteers have become like a family to me (fury included) but I am most definitely satisfied with my time here on this islsnd and I will be leaving feeling like I`ve made a difference in Belize just as Belize has made a difference in me.

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Posted: November 25, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
19

I participated in the beach conservation programme on the Frontier Belize Project for 2 weeks in November 2017. I had a lot of fun in Belize thanks to the staff and all the activities conducted. The reef is absolutely amazing and I was so happy to learn about all the species of coral and fish and help with the important surveys Frontier is conducting there. Camp is basic but still comfortable and the location is absolutely beautiful. The only problems are the sand flies and mosquitoes but this can be overcome and it's totally worth it! Caye Caulker is also a lot of fun off the project with so many bars and beaches!

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Posted: November 19, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: reeflover
Age:
21

i Volunteered with frontier after finding them online as i wanted to do something exciting with my gap year, i found the frontier Tenerife whale and dolphin conservation trip and it looked amazing from the reviews so i booked it. upon arrival i was greeted at the airport by the frontier staff and some other volunteers, the house was alive with laughter, fun and people from all over the world getting to know each other, the boat trips were amazing as you got to see the short fin pilot whales out in the wild and they are so relaxed around the boats, you also get to see many different types of dolphins swimming along the side of the boat and jumping out the water showing off. them memories will stay with me forever as a mother and a calf swam right along side the boat and looked straight at me. other activity's include beach clean ups which were a lot more fun than they sound as you get to see the physical impact your having and how you as an individual are helping not only the community but also the environment as a whole. on your free days and time off after activity's you can go down to the local towns and go kayaking, snorkeling, climbing and exploring. i went snorkeling every singe day i was there as i just loved being in the warm water surrounded by marine life and its a great way to bond with new volunteers as you all share the same love for the sea life. i would 100% recommend this trip to anyone who wants to explore a little more of the world and its marine life, iv been back 4 months as of now and i still haven't stopped going on about my time out there and i do not think i ever will.

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Posted: November 15, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
18

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