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Frontier

Frontier had provide me the opportunity to see the world while gathering work experience as a marine scientist. My experience so far had been priceless. I met and learnt to work with people from various backgrounds (both other volunteers and locals). The work is constantly challenging and allows me to grow both as a leader and a scientist.

Not to mention that I work in one of the most beautiful place on earth. I woke up in the morning to the view of dense rain forest. The diving was also divine. You can see anything starting from small beautiful nudibranch to 1.5 m white tip reef shark.

There's also the feeling of accomplishment that you have done something good for the environment and the community as we develop and established conservation projects with the team. This is definitely one of the experiences that will shape who I am in the future.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: May 15, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP Nepal

Great support: very kind and prompt. Well organized. My host family took great care of me and my project was in a beautiful area near a culturally important site (famous temple), with lots of shops and restaurants nearby. Very peaceful time. I would say that the orphanage project is for those that are eager to get involved with the care of young ones and are self-starters when it comes to work and play. Nepal is a wonderful country. Extremely safe. For westerners, everything is exceedingly affordable - even more so for Europeans and those from the UK.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: May 13, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

Leeanne Matthews
Sri Lanka - Galle
Teaching Monks English and volunteering at the Orphanage

I highly recommend these programmes.

The company and Mr Michael responded to my email enquiries from Australia straight away.

Michael kindly arranged my airport pick up at midnight, accommodation and the drive to Galle. This all ran smoothly.

Mr Michael and his family are very welcoming and friendly. After being here for 5 weeks it feels like my home. I only have positive comments, the location is great, the food is fabulous, Mr Michael is full of information and helpful with all enquiries at any time, nothing is too much.

Mr Michael arranged a 4 day tour. I highly recommend this. The driver is very friendly and accommodating. We had tour guides at every destination. It was amazing too see so much in such a little time.

Volunteering was an amazing experience. The Monks are all beautiful and friendly, I highly enjoyed this and will miss them all, we had a lot of fun. The Orphanage was also an enjoyable experience I will miss there big smiles and cuddles.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: May 13, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

The Projects Abroad operation in the Galapagos was a waste of our money, time, and abilities. If you are a young college student with low expectations and looking for a reason to getaway from home, then this placement is perfect. If you truly care about adding value to the conservation or education programs in the Galapagos, then look elsewhere.

Our three weeks there consisted of very little value-add work; most of our time was spent standing around, doing busy work, or working only a fraction of what we were promised.

Some examples: pulling weeds ‘outside’ the greenhouse on a plot of land where they do not grow anything and where volunteers had uselessly weeded three weeks earlier. Another example: 15 volunteers on a tortoise weighing project that only needed 4-5 people; everyone else stood around for 5 days. Then, after we spent 3 weeks measuring 50 tortoises, the park ranger quietly told me that none of the measurements actually get permanently recorded. Another example: two volunteer teachers were signed-up for teaching English, but when they arrived to the Galapagos, schools were on Summer break. Another example: a volunteer English teacher was given a group of kids where the age range started at two years of age. Most students were too young to even say their name in Spanish, let alone English; so she spent her volunteer time as a babysitter. Another example: for a simple beach clean-up, they had us work on a clean beach versus a garbage laden beach just down the road. Despite everyones recommendations to maximise our efforts on another beach, our young 19 year old Projects Abroad manager decided to cut short the work day. We can go on and on with examples.

We have been in marketing and brand-building for 15 years, have multiple degrees, and in our opinion, for Projects Abroad to be marketing this program to prospective volunteers is a travesty. We spent a lot of money, and all we wanted to do was work hard and lend a hand in building a strong conservation project in one of the most ecological sensitive areas in the world. In return, we were under-utilised by Projects Abroad staff and chastised for wanting to do actual conservation and education work.

Look elsewhere. In our opinion, there are far better organisations that you can connect with and where you can add true value to this incredible part of our planet.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: May 10, 2016
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Frontier

Here in Madagascar I've been so privileged to be involved in Frontier's community projects in Hellville. I've spent most of my time in a local primary school giving English lessons and the occasional sports lesson. That we teach English here is such an amazing opportunity for the students to learn direct from native speakers, and it's literally Frontier that single-handedly provides this. School sports lessons here tend to be a low priority and are desperately in need of a little extra energy and enthusiasm, which it has been my pleasure to help to provide! Outside of school, Frontier runs a course of English lessons at a local 'youth club', for students of really any age to genuinely improve their life-prospects by improving their English. One of my favourite experiences here, though, has been visiting a local orphanage where a large number of the children are very sadly suffering from disabilities. We go there whenever we get a chance to provide fun and stimulating play opportunities to these extremely cute and extremely deserving children. Basically, Frontier community projects searches out the areas of need here in Hellville and the surrounding area and tries to help fill those gaps with young and enthusiastic volunteers who are so welcomed and appreciated by the local community for all that they give. Everyone here is so happy to see a blue t-shirt coming their way, and we're proud to wear them. Offering my time to the people here has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: May 8, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

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