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Frontier

I spent one month doing Beach conservation on Madagascar and it was amazing. I really had no expactations going in, I booked my trip in a haste wanting to leave home and be part of an adventure. This was all the adventure one could want, the camp exceeded my expectations it was simple but you had everything you needed. I had no prior knowledge in this area so this program taught me a lot about beach conservation and all the small things we can do to help the environment. The staff were great they were always around if you needed them and the other volunteer were amazing as well I met so many interesting people from all over the world. It was challenging, exciting and spectacular and I would definitely do another volunteer trip in the future.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Oct 10, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
8

Askari WCP

My 4 week stay at Askari was the most amazing time of my life. I wish I could have stayed longer. Learning about conservation in South Africa along with doing activities that will help towards conservation was an absolutely amazing experience. Ed and Katie are amazing leaders and teachers. Once you go you will want to keep going back!! I am looking forward to when I can go back and contribute again.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Oct 9, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Cross-Cultural Solutions

This was an amazing experience that I will be doing again. Upon arrival the staff were very welcoming and they immediately treated me like family. I felt very safe at all times and had no problems getting around town or to excursions. The excursions were great! We visited a waterfall, climbed to the second tallest mountain in Ghana, visited local farms, and more! I was placed to volunteer in a local private school and I loved all the children. They welcome you with open arms and love to see you everytime you come. I will miss their smiles! I have made great friends on this trip with the staff because they are so much and make it fun for you. Do not be afraid of anything here, it is very safe and everyone is very friendly and welcoming to visitiors. The community loves visitors! I would recommend this program to everyone because it is something you will enjoy throughout! Go to Ghana!! I loved it and will return!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Oct 9, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
8

Frontier

I was apart of the Sea turtle conservation project in Greece for two weeks. I have previously been on two other Frontier projects so I already had great expectations for the experience. I was keen to take part in the turtle conservation project as I was eager to learn more about turtles and the protection they needed, which I did to a great extent. I arrived on the project at the beginning of September 2014 so the start of the hatching period. I was able to get involved straight away the next morning after settling in. The very first morning i was up at 6am to go onto a morning survey where i saw my very first baby sea turtle. We patrolled the beaches each morning to see if there were any signs of hatching's over night , most mornings we would see many hatchling tracks and occasionally some baby turtles which hatched late.Seeing a turtle hatchling make it to the see for the first time was the greatest experience of the whole trip! In the evenings we would do nest excavations which is where we would dig up a nest which had been hatched for 10 days. All the eggs inside would be counted and separated into hatched eggs and unhatched eggs, the unhatched ones would be opened up to see what was the cause of the egg not to hatch. You soon learn that turtle eggs have a very distinct smell and it's not a pleasant one, though you do get used to it eventually. when we weren't doing surveys or excavations we spent our free time catching up on sleep or eating endless kinda Buenos and other chocolate. Once i had gained a bit more experience i was able to get hands on with the excavations. Occasionally during excavations we would find live hatchlings which we would gather up in a bucket and release after we had finished. The largest batch of live turtles we had was 47 from one nest , all the turtles couldn't fit inside the bucket so an improvised play pen was constructed to house them till we were ready to release them. To help them on their way we would build a trench to the ocean to keep all the turtles on the right track and to stop them from being disorientated. On camp we had a little competition to see who could get the best baby turtle selfie , with so many turltes there i took my chance and took endless photos. No matter how many times you see it when you get to watch the turtles swim off into the distance it always makes you smile.

I got to see so many turtles and meet a great group of people while i was on the Frontier Greece project I wish i had been able to stay longer. I would 100% recommend this project to others to take part in , it is a conservation project that you are hands on making a difference and it is clear to see ! My experience was great and that was down to the amazing Frontier staff , the other volunteers , the beautiful beaches and of course the baby turtles.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Greece
Posted: Oct 9, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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Global Crossroad

I was part of a school group going to the project in Chitwan, southern nepal. We stayed for a week in host families, helping at the orphanage, the government primary school and contributed to the conservation project with the aim of planting and distributing trees to the area. I am incredibly glad I did this project as part of my school year as it really gave me the chance to broaden my perspective in a number of ways as well as being able to help a community in need.
Our trip changed destination to Chitwan at the late stages of planning back at school, when we got into contact with Global Crossroads regarding their project in Nepal, they were extremely helpful. What struck us the most about the organisation was just how much effort had been put in by the organisers of our visit. With a relatively short period of time, Global Crossroads had put together an itinerary that blew my mind, it almost seemed like we did more than we could fit into the days we were there!
The experience was one of a kind, and I will never forget it. I recommend this organisation and the Nepal Chitwan project in particular to anyone who is interested in this type of service project. I was unsure what to expect before going, but having come out the other end, I can honestly say it was great!
Thank you Global Crossroads!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Oct 8, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

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