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Frontier

At the start of my Costa Rica teaching project I was immediately met at the airport by my volunteer coordinator and guided to the house. The transfer to the project was quick and informed me about the local village. The briefing was excellent as it told me everything I needed to know as quickly as possible and ensured that I knew everything about what I was going to do. Everything that I expected to do on this project was fulfilled if not more. The project gave me more opportunities than I had expected and I learnt a lot on the course. Everything was organised so well and my days were planned out carefully. I never had a moment where I was unsure of anything. Everything I did I felt was helpful or was beneficial to the kids and the school.

The opportunity to teach and to make decisions about what ages you want to teach whether or not you want to teach in the morning or the afternoon made the project very flexible which I liked. The fact that you can choose the length of your stay is a great aspect of the project as for some individuals shorter stays make work better whilst for others longer. There was a lot freedom given to the volunteers and we had weekends to do whatever we wanted including excursions. The joint meals are a nice way of mixing all the volunteers and the way that the projects are run by one coordinator ensure that you can always ask questions and be advised.

My experience at Frontier was amazing; I would like to thank my project coordinator for always being helpful and flexible and good company. I thought the relationship that Frontier has with the local schools and communities is extremely impressive and this was really helpful for my experience. Thank you to everyone who organised my project and I will definitely be using the company again and recommending to my peers and others that I know. It was truly an incredible experience!!!

Program: TEFL
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jan 10, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

The group first met in Bangkok, everyone was very friendly and it wasn't long before we were having several yummy cocktails. It only took a couple of days to acclimatise to the heat of Bangkok and experience the culture. First we visited the Grand Palace, which is immaculate and the intricate detail put into the buildings is incredible!

After a short mini bus ride, we arrived in Kanchanaburi where we stayed in little wooden huts suspended over the river Kwai. This area is made famous by the film 'the bridge over the river Kwai' which we visited on a long boat tour of the area, as well as the history museum and some huge Buddhist caves.

We returned to Bangkok for one last night before heading off on an overnight bus to Pai, where we lived in the chilled out lifestyle of the locals, even spending an afternoon swimming in an eco pool. The following day, we went for a long scenic cycle ride up in the hills, stopping to feed an elephant and also visiting Pai Canyon.

From Pai, we travelled through the treacherous mountain roads down to Chiang Mai where we celebrated the Thai new year (Songkran) with a massive water fight with thousands of locals and travellers, in a truly memorable experience. A group of us had the chance to watch some Thai boxing in the main stadium, this really gave us an idea of the traditional sports and entertainment.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Asia
Posted: Jan 10, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

As the trail comes to a close we have all been commenting on what a whirlwind tour of Vietnam we experienced. With just under 3 weeks to see as much as possible we squeezed in activities galore - aided by the overnight bus journeys which had beds and blankets! A great surprise after the bus journeys in Thailand!

Starting in the cosmopolitan city of Ho Chi Minh we soon became accustomed to the pace of Vietnam. With moto’s whizzing past in 10 deep throngs then crossing the road was enough of an activity alone! We had an interesting day seeing the Cu Chi Tunnels and learnt a lot about the Vietnam War with a visit to the War Remnants museum.

Next stop was Mui Ne where we spent the afternoon bombing it down enormous sand dunes on ‘sledges’ that consisted of little more than a sheet of plastic and some string. We all commented that the landscape was stunning and watching the sunset over the dunes was a memory that will stay with me for a long time.
After a whistle stop tour of Central Vietnam where we visited the mud baths of Nha Trang, enjoyed whole fresh lobsters on the beach for just $5 and managed to get entire suits and shoes tailor-made in one day in Hoi An, we finally arrived in Hanoi. With just one week left to go we all got a bit competitive trying to find the best noodle soup - the verdict was still undecided when we parted! We had a free day to take in the old quarter of Hanoi which with its crumbling colonial façade’s of buildings and tiny alleyways really was a bit of a labyrinth. The next stop was Halong Bay where we spent a day cruising around the islands on an old Vietnamese Junk marvelling at the wonderful limestone formations. That night saw some fun and games as we celebrated a birthday in style - the fancy dress outfit chosen by us for the birthday boy wasn’t exactly attractive but he had no choice but to wear it!

The last stop of the trail was Sapa which is a beautiful mountain side town right on the Chinese border. We arrived in a sudden cold spell so unexpectedly had to stock up on hats, gloves and scarves! These were very useful/a necessity as we set off the next day to climb Mount Fansipan - the highest mountain in Indochina! Not exactly a walk in the park, the trek was tough but we all had such a sense of achievement having reached the top and being the only group up there!

Still can’t believe the 10 weeks has come to an end - it’s gone by so quickly but looking back I know that I have so many brilliant memories to take home with me.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Asia
Posted: Jan 10, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

And so, the Frontier South East Asia Ethical Adventure trail has drawn to a close. The team have travelled three countries, and shared some amazing experiences. From trekking in Thailand, to setting up sports centres in Cambodia, to visiting ancient temples in Vietnam, they have embraced the opportunities on offer in this magical part of the world, learnt a lot about other cultures and met some extraordinary people. As they all head their separate ways, sincere thanks must go to trail leader for all her efforts to make this trail a truly remarkable and life changing trip.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Asia
Posted: Jan 10, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

This past summer, I traveled 7,515 miles from New Jersey, USA to Tanzania, Africa, all thanks to Global Leadership Adventures (GLA). Truthfully, words could never even adequately describe the experience I had. Before leaving, of course I was nervous, and also skeptical of all of the GLA Alumni I had seen raving, saying things such as "experience of a lifetime" or "life changing". Boy, was I off! It definitely is the type of thing that you have to experience for yourself to truly understand. However, I hope that in seeing my love and passion for the program, along with thousands of other teens from all around the world, that you too will be inspired to give it a go!
On the Tanzania 14 day program, you get to teach at a primary school for one week, complete 30 hours of service (doing some type of refurbishment on the school), spend a day with a host family, explore local markets, villages and communities, spend time at an orphanage, hike the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro and even swim in it, tour a coffee farm, dance with locals, create traditional African art, embark on a two day safari trip (ABSOLUTELY AMAZING), try new and exotic yummy food, and SO MUCH MORE! Additionally, you make real, deep, meaningful connections with like-minded teenagers who will absolutely, positively be some life long friends of yours! Most importantly though, you learn about yourself! Whoever you are and wherever you came from, you are guaranteed to be enlightened, awakened and have an entirely new perspective on the world at large once your time is up! (My advice would be to even go for the 21 day program- 14 days are enough, but they fly!) Take a chance, take a risk and go for it! You will NOT regret it! There is no price tag that can be put on this experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Jan 10, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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