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Frontier

The camp of Frontier in Costa Rica is situated in the middle of an magnificent old growth forest with the presence of 4 different species of primates that you get to see almost every day, mixed with countless stunning bird species all around you. There is loads of wildlife to see and the beach near by is really wild and unspoilt. Outside the research project we do loads of exciting extracurricular activities not a single day is a boring one.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Mar 6, 2015
Overall:
7
Support:
7
Value:
7

Frontier

My time in the Costa Rican jungle has been incredible, I have met life long friends and had an amazing time. The social life of the camp in one of the best I have experienced, everybody is friendly and all staff are extremely friendly and welcoming. There are many different activities to do that will suite everybody's needs. You can do almost any activity here at reasonable prices which is a huge bonus.

The camp itself is situated in a beautiful area, complete serenity with you're friends, who could ask for more? Green jungle all around you, with all kinds of wildlife to see during your down time. hammocks to relax in and a deck area for meals and socialising. Great facilities all round.

The local town is only a Colectivo ride away and has beautiful waters to swim In, and great bars for a night out with friends.

although all of the above is amazing, I have a few criticisms, my time here up to now I haven't heard much of the big cats, and camera traps and other equipment is needed to help the search, and I feel like I have slightly been miss sold the whole big cats aspect, which is primarily the reason I came here, along with my passion for photography which has been completely fulfilled up to now, especially with some have from one of the locals.

In the past week I have seen more to be done for the big cat project, which is a huge bonus. The ball just need to starts start rolling and get into motion which I can see happening over the coming months.

So in conclusion, I would recommend this trip to everybody, and hopefully with more custom will come great things. Be prepared to be amazed, and be welcomed to the real world!

Program: Gap Year
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Mar 6, 2015
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
7

Global Vision International (GVI)

The GVI Marine Conservation in Thailand was a great experience that has changed the way I view volunteering abroad. GVI was well-structured and exciting, as there wasn't a 'typical day'.
There were a range of different activities we were involved in, including traveling to the Similan Islands where we got to swim in the clear waters and see turtles, fish, eels and even an octopus in their natural environment.
A great experience - would definitely recommend to anyone who'd looking to volunteer abroad.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Mar 5, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
8

Frontier

Beautiful place and amazing people. Equipment and facilities need improvement but the staff do a great job of making the project fun and memorable. Camp life is simple but relaxing with plenty of time to get to know people while playing games or just catch up on some reading. Wildlife is all around, giving each person ample opportunity to experience the wonder of Costa Rica. Staff do a great job of coordinating activities and short weekend trips during down time. Surveys go through beautiful trails with wildlife all around.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Mar 5, 2015
Overall:
7
Support:
8
Value:
7

Island TEFL Thailand

I signed up for Philip's Program R in Bangkok for October 2014 around April or May the same year, when I was planning to quit my job and see my long distance girlfriend for our year anniversary together. The program consisted of an online, 8 lesson course for $499 and the on-site course for $795. After initial contact through email, he invoiced me only for the October course of $795. When I asked if, that if in the case of not being able to show up in October, could I just do the online course first, to which he ignored me, and I caved and payed him the $795. After which I started taking the online lessons, which were more than textbook like and not at all worth $499. They featured one long-as-hell articles followed by 3 or 4 review questions and very uninteresting videos made from a possible Walmart camera. After about three weeks and having completed two of the online lessons, I lost my job early due to company downsizing, and was no longer able to visit my long distance girlfriend for our first year anniversary together. Then when I asked for a refund, his response was very dry, simply saying it's against his "terms of agreement" even though the course didn't start for another four months. After which, I tried to get my $795 back by making a claim on PayPal, which I lost. Afterwards he sent me a threatening letter, demanding another $499 for the online textbook "course", claiming that his "Lawyer" would get my passport number from my drivers license picture and I would be in for a "surprise" when I come to visit my girlfriend. I cancelled payment and he replied again shortly, stating that his Lawyer would make sure I get detained at the airport, and "Hope you enjoy life behind bars!", "Other than KY, if there's anything else I can bring you please let me know!" And he forgot the comma after "you"; some TEFL manager. I also heard his real last name is Crabbe, like the greedy bastard from Spongebob Squarepants. Also a possible rape suspect in Koh Samui!? It's no wonder the mafia there put a hit on him and he had to escape on a fucking rowboat. Can someone please do us all a favor and just rid this fucking space occupier from our planet?

Program: TEFL
Location: Thailand
Posted: Mar 5, 2015
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

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