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Frontier

I have just returned from two months in paradise with a host of awesome people and amazing animals and I can't wait to get back out there. The work we were doing out there in Madagascar felt really worthwhile, I felt that as well as seeing some of the most amazing animals I have ever seen that I was also making a difference. The staff were great, they were always happy to help with anything. whether it was helping you revise or just to talk and have a laugh with. The atmosphere on camp is amazing, people from all over the world and all walks of life getting along and bending over backwards to help each other. Before I went I had low expectations of what the conditions on camp were going to be like but on arrival I was impressed, it has everything you could need as well as beautiful scenic views. I loved every moment I was there and recommend doing something like this to everyone.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Oct 5, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

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Frontier

I've spent the last 2 months on Nosy-Be as a terrestrial research volunteer with Frontier in Madagascar, and can say with certainty they are 2 months I'll never forget! Arriving on the island I felt happy straight away after the Project Coordinator, Chris, met us and eased us into the 'mora mora' lifestyle. Camp was so much better than I could have imagined, the living and communal spaces, proper showers and views of the sea, the village and the forest surrounding us. The science was taken seriously but always fun. We were encouraged to start learning straight away, which actually happened due to the eagerness and enthusiasm of the staff. Once I'd passed my tests and took part in the active searches I really felt as though I was contributing to the ongoing research. The wildlife is insane, I thought I had a much too extensive 'to see' checklist, but I managed to see nearly everything I wanted to! The food was much better than described, with lots of variety each day by the different themed days and more options from the locals. You really get the feeling that the frontier camp was very happily established within the community.
I'm currently sat in the airport waiting to board my flight home, but would trade anything to be putting my boots back on, to go on an active search and see what we can find! I learnt so much and made some friends for life, and for the experience and memories I'm taking away with me I can't thank Frontier enough.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Oct 5, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Comments

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A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I had an excellent experience working with this program in La Serena. When first arriving at the orphanage I was surprised at how much the children and tias immediately trusted us. It took some times for us to adjust to the way things were run especially since Sam and I did not have experience working with young kids. Though we knew it would be no means be an easy job working at the orphanage, we were definitely taken a back by some of things we saw. That being said this has been a life-changing experience and I am so grateful to have had this opportunity.Throughout the past three weeks I have learned a great deal about the Chilean culture and about myself all while being able to contribute something to the wonderful kids and workers at the orphanage.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Chile
Posted: Oct 4, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Frontier Madagascar was easily the best thing I could have done since leaving school. From the second you arrive everyone is so kind and willing to give you any tips that make adjusting to life there that much easier. From all of the amazing animals i saw to the great people i met i would recommend this for anyone looking to get outside their comfort zone. This was a truly once in lifetime experience that was worth every penny.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Oct 2, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Volunteer Network (GVN)

I volunteered on the GVN Brazil Program this September and it was by far the most rewarding, eye opening and heartwarming experience I've ever had. GVN supported me before, during and after my trip and is always there to answer any questions you may have.

During my stay in Rocinha, I was working and living with wonderful volunteers from all over the world. I did the Teaching Program so I got to teach smart and enthusiastic kids every afternoon, as well as equally amazing adults some days of the week. At night we got to do some locals classes which was a lot of fun as well, I've never met more welcoming and friendly people than the ones in Rocinha!

The children running up to you yelling "Teacher!", grabbing your hands and hugging you, will put a smile on your face every single day. The lessons are great because the kids are genuinely happy to be there and eager to learn, especially when you put in the effort to make everything interesting for them (singing songs, playing games, reading stories, letting them act things out and draw, asking people to come up front to point things out etc.).

Arriving in a favela by yourself is daunting of course, especially when you don't speak Portuguese. All I can say is that it's SO worth it to jump in head first and go for it, you will not regret it. Sure, it won't always be easy but that just makes you a stronger, more independent person. The people you meet, the experiences you have, the things you visit in Rio will stay with you forever. My main advice: stay as long as you can!! I was only there for a couple of weeks and I so wish I could have stayed longer.

Thanks to GVN and the local Brazil Program, I can't wait to come back some day!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Brazil
Posted: Oct 2, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

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