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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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Elofte maak skuld! Promises are binding – and the promise I made to go back will not be broken...

How can I sum it up? An experience of a lifetime. I found it intense - for a lot of the time I was exhausted but I had an unforgettable time. I went on the South Africa Wildlife project – we were working on a basic game reserve for 4 weeks –we also ventured out on a few trips which was good, but the best bit was spending time working around the animals. The staff were smiley and thoughtful as well and although they all had jobs to do they were very helpful with me and the other volunteers . We also had some really nice facilities like tennis court and pool tables and the food was great :)

My highlight was probably spending time with the elephants and trying to feed them but also being close to lion cubs was fantastic. One thing though I wasn’t quite prepared for was the heat – really, really hot and I spent quite a lot of time just trying to stay out of the sun. I think I would of liked it combined with a community project as well though - I know a few people who did that as well so that was a shame.

But I recommend it completely – if you love wildlife and animals like me it's an amazing experience!

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Posted: November 8, 2011
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By: BlueOddie
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I had an amazing time on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica - it's an unbelievable place with SO MUCH wildlife...

I was little bit unsure of what to expect when I arrived and I was knackered after the long journey but the camp was in an amazing location about 5 minutes from a stunning beach. I saw turtles and humpback whales in the ocean and lots and lots of monkeys - they are everywhere! One of the highlights of the trip was riding a horse on the beach in the forest one morning with a few of the other volunteers - I don’t usually like horses but I had to do it.

The food was basic but I am actually missing it now - rice and beeeans (Gallo Pinto!). The people are also so nice, always smiling and friendly.

It was an amazing opportunity and I will never forget it!!

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Posted: August 15, 2011
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By: JonU
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hi, going on this trip this summer, just a few questions. what did a normal day on camp look like? how many volunteers? average age of volunteers? how did you get from the airport to the camp? thx.

I have been with frontier and I can simply say, they are very professional indeed - at scamming innocent students from money that is!! Especially for first time volunteers, traveling abroad to developing countries is always scary. And thats where frontier come in - they target the innocence of young travelers by make it seem \'safe\' to travel with them. But in actual fact, they make no difference and just take money from you!! They are like the \'middle men\' linking you to grass root organisations - whether your trip is good or bad, depends on what organisation they send you to - which frontier don\'t tell you much (real) things about them until the very end - which isn\'t much anyway! They call themselves \'non-profit\' but this is far from the truth! Check this out:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/article-1205226/Not-profit-gap-year-fir...

Or simply search for more \'frontier volunteer reviews\' <-- I guess they use the name \'frontier\' because it makes it harder for us to search for reviews since its such a common name for other companies!

I\'d recommend you try to find direct contact with grass root organisations instead of going through any \'safe\' \'middle-men\' - that way, your money goes direct to what your wanting to volunteer, you talk directly to people you will be staying with, and you won\'t need to be scammed!

Try: http://www.truetravellers.org/ for example - the site has links to direct grass root organisations - and don\'t charge you any fees to talk to them - you pay the organisations directly! Although always check with reviews from other websites too.

Summary - NEVER go with \'Frontier\' - they\'re trading them is: \'Society for Environmental Exploration\' bet you didn\'t know that!

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Posted: May 31, 2011
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By: htc
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Hi HTC - I'm a journalist (and former Frontier volunteer myself!) and very interested in your views... Are you based in the UK? Might you have a minute to email me on pjacks@ttgdigital.com to help me with a piece I'm working on? I work for a travel trade magazine (ttgdigital.com)

because they just don\'t care.

I would like at this point to stress that the project was a huge success, due to the host family and the local company which frontier sub-let out to do everything, whilst they happily reap more than half the money which they claim is spent on their support centre which i didn\'t use once. The village, hospital, family are just lovely.

To summarise i perceive Frontier as an uncaring and psuedo-ethical company and wouldn\'t recommend it to my worst enemy. Anyone who wants to do this project for half the price contact TheGreenLion in Nepal who offer it for 500 euros, or make friends with PHCRC Chapagaun Nepal on facebook who may organise it with you directly for even cheaper,cut out the greedy middle men, England doesn\'t need the money- nepal does! If you\'re doing a different project, my advice is to find a local company based in the country you\'re going to, bypassing frontier who stash away too much of your hard earned money.

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Posted: March 26, 2011
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I paid to volunteer on the Australian Wallaby Rescue project. It was horrendous. Horrible, aggressive and threatening company you get placed with. No animal hands on contact as promised - only picking up poo and cleaning feeding troughs. Left early because of behaviour of host 'family'. Complained to Frontier on return....said they'd look into it...they never did, chased them up until they started to just ignore me!Over 4 months later with any response followed their complaints procedure and contacted the managing director...who never even acknowledged my letter (but def received it - sent it recorded). Waste of money and time. Strongly recommende you look elsewhere for projects.

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Posted: May 10, 2010
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The incorporated body with whom we work in Australia is dedicated to the care, stabilisation and release of endangered species. We were certainly disappointed to receive your concerns following your departure after two days on the project, especially in light of the number of successful volunteer placements we have arranged at the project, both before and after your placement. Indeed, the most recent feedback received from this project attests to the project being "absolutely fantastic" and the hosts and staff being "lovely, very warm and welcoming". We do ask that our volunteers take the time to acclimatise and adjust to cultural differences when they arrive in any country, and the feedback process that we have in place enables volunteers to address any concerns they have during their placement directly to us so that they can be resolved with minimal disruption to the enjoyment of the work. At the time of your early departure after two days on the project, we were informed by your mother that it was because you were unwell and struggling with the climate conditions. We do all that we can to inform volunteers of the nature of the work on their chosen projects prior to any kind of commitment, with a dedicated recruitment team carrying out in-depth interviews to ensure that this is the case. It is often the case that a large proportion of sanctuary-type work will include habitat maintenance, food preparation and general maintenance work in line with project requirements. It is not, unfortunately, possible for a volunteer to immediately undertake direct, intimate, and physical contact with an endangered species with which they will more often than not have had limited or no experience. The animals in question are often wild, injured or rescued, and a significant understanding of the safety considerations, procedures and work programme is usually a prerequisite for the volunteer to engage in the hands on activities. Such understanding is usually acquired within a week or two of being on a project, after which our volunteers begin to derive great personal pleasure and experience of having been involved in such worthwhile work. It is for this reason, amongst others, that we often ask for a minimum commitment from our volunteers of four weeks, thereby enabling them to experience a range of work activities whilst on our projects. To reiterate, we were sorry to have received your complaint after two days on the project, during which you were unwell and unaccustomed to the climate. We certainly hope that you are able to take up a volunteer placement at a later date, and that you will find the complete experience to be more fulfilling and personally relevant.

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