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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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Thanks for the review Charlie, and congrats on your win!

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

Global Crossroad

I went to Nepal with my school to volunteer at an orphanage in a small village in Chitwan. Global Crossroad provided an incredible support throughout the entire trip and organized everything for us. Even though the trip was only organized two weeks before it was happening everything ran extremely smoothly, thanks to global Crossroad. They not only organized all the different service projects that we were helping out with, but also temple visits, rafting, elephant riding in a national park close by. We also did homestay's, which was also organized by Global Crossroad. This allowed us to be integrated into the Nepali society and enabled us to experience the true culture. Next to home cooked traditional meals such as Dal bhat (rice with curry), we participated in Hindi and Buddhist rituals. The trip exceeded my expectations, as it actually felt like we were helping.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Oct 8, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
7

Global Crossroad

I went to Nepal with my school. There were 9 students and 2 teachers and it was a perfect sized group for travelling around and being a big enough group to make a difference. My highlights of the trip were helping at the orphanage in Chitwan, and helping in the tree nursery by packing soil and moving seedlings. We also got the chance to go to 2 different schools and plant trees around the premises, and also plant in the national park.

Before I went on the trip I was prepared for what situations I would be experiencing, and when we arrived everything was so much better than I imagined. Everyone was so helpful and generous in helping us find our way around and in hospitality. It was an amazing experience to be staying with a host family in Chitwan as we all really felt this enhanced our experience with the Nepalese culture and traditions. I much preferred staying with our family rather than staying in the hotel in Kathmandu, even though this was also a very nice hotel.

Our group had the opportunity to teach in the local school next to the orphanage while we were staying in Chitwan. This was also a great experience because I had never taught english to non english speaking children before. It was so much fun to be able to interact and play with all of the children and the teachers at the school were very appreciative of our help. We also bought the school children each supplies for the year, including a book and writing equipment. We bought the school some play equipment for break times, including skipping ropes tennis rackets, shuttlecocks and footballs.

I had an absolutely amazing time while we stayed in Nepal and it was such a memorable experience. The culture was so inspiring and Global Crossroads allowed us to do so many activities including river rafting down to Chitwan, an elephant safari in the National Park, elephant bathing, visiting the school, orphanage and plant nursery, showing us around Kathmandus most famous and holy places and many other fun activities. Thank You Global Crossroads!

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

Global Crossroad

I went to Chitwan, Nepal with my school for a service trip for a week in September of this year. We were in Nepal for 10 days with 2 travel days, 2 days in Kathmandu and the remaining six days in Chitwan. Our group of ten 16-18 year olds with two teachers stayed with host families in groups of two. This was an incredible way to truly experience Nepalese culture and connect to the local people in their village to understand their way of life. We worked closely with the conservation project and locals schools and orphanage. Our time with the conservation project consisted of preparing samplings for planting and planting trees in local schools, this was a great way to see more of the local school system and to see more of Chitwan. We also worked teaching english for two days in a primary school, which was an overwhelming experience. The rest of time was split between hanging out with the kids at the orphanage and seeing the incredible temples throughout Chitwan. Personally, I found the time at the orphanage the most valuable, to have time to spend building relationships with the kids was an experience I won't forget. The support and help of the Global Crossroads was invaluable in providing an experience that I couldn't have found anywhere else. I was amazed by the dedication and passion held by every single member of the organisation that we encountered. It was this dedication and passion that makes me confident this is a company I look forward to working with again in the near future.

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

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