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Frontier

The frontier conservation project running here is Costa Rica offers an opportunity to get up close with an amazing tropical environment while meeting wonderful people. located in a patch of primary rain forest, which hosts a great array fo primates birds and mammals and the occasional paw print of the elusive big cats.

The camp itself is simple with three main decks, one communal area for cooking and hanging out and the other two for hammocks, surrounding it is a large area of hammock strewn trees which often host the monkeys and birds we head out to survey each day. be aware that camp is not the luxury of home, clothes are cleaned by hand in buckets, lighting is by candle light and entertainment comes from companions and books, but for me this is what makes the experience more unique.

Each day is varied between different the different survey options of turtles, birds, primates, otters and attempts at finding cats. there is a lot of walking to be done and at first my legs were a bit surprised by the hill and the impact of tropical heat.
scientifically the project is lagging a bit in specific procedure and ability, held back by lack of resources such as radios and camera traps. but staff have told me that this will soon change with an expected resupply from London headquarters.

The staff are a great team who are friendly positive and knowledgeable.
the lifestyle out here is very different but one that i would recommend to anyone, for its challenges, natural splendor, and the great people that make the experience what it is.

If you are looking for a real, rougher and true tropical experience this project is a good one.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Mar 8, 2015
Overall:
7
Support:
7
Value:
7

Frontier

The camp of Frontier in Costa Rica is situated in the middle of an magnificent old growth forest with the presence of 4 different species of primates that you get to see almost every day, mixed with countless stunning bird species all around you. There is loads of wildlife to see and the beach near by is really wild and unspoilt. Outside the research project we do loads of exciting extracurricular activities not a single day is a boring one.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Mar 6, 2015
Overall:
7
Support:
7
Value:
7

Frontier

My time in the Costa Rican jungle has been incredible, I have met life long friends and had an amazing time. The social life of the camp in one of the best I have experienced, everybody is friendly and all staff are extremely friendly and welcoming. There are many different activities to do that will suite everybody's needs. You can do almost any activity here at reasonable prices which is a huge bonus.

The camp itself is situated in a beautiful area, complete serenity with you're friends, who could ask for more? Green jungle all around you, with all kinds of wildlife to see during your down time. hammocks to relax in and a deck area for meals and socialising. Great facilities all round.

The local town is only a Colectivo ride away and has beautiful waters to swim In, and great bars for a night out with friends.

although all of the above is amazing, I have a few criticisms, my time here up to now I haven't heard much of the big cats, and camera traps and other equipment is needed to help the search, and I feel like I have slightly been miss sold the whole big cats aspect, which is primarily the reason I came here, along with my passion for photography which has been completely fulfilled up to now, especially with some have from one of the locals.

In the past week I have seen more to be done for the big cat project, which is a huge bonus. The ball just need to starts start rolling and get into motion which I can see happening over the coming months.

So in conclusion, I would recommend this trip to everybody, and hopefully with more custom will come great things. Be prepared to be amazed, and be welcomed to the real world!

Program: Gap Year
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Mar 6, 2015
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
7

Global Vision International (GVI)

The GVI Marine Conservation in Thailand was a great experience that has changed the way I view volunteering abroad. GVI was well-structured and exciting, as there wasn't a 'typical day'.
There were a range of different activities we were involved in, including traveling to the Similan Islands where we got to swim in the clear waters and see turtles, fish, eels and even an octopus in their natural environment.
A great experience - would definitely recommend to anyone who'd looking to volunteer abroad.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Mar 5, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
8

Frontier

Beautiful place and amazing people. Equipment and facilities need improvement but the staff do a great job of making the project fun and memorable. Camp life is simple but relaxing with plenty of time to get to know people while playing games or just catch up on some reading. Wildlife is all around, giving each person ample opportunity to experience the wonder of Costa Rica. Staff do a great job of coordinating activities and short weekend trips during down time. Surveys go through beautiful trails with wildlife all around.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Mar 5, 2015
Overall:
7
Support:
8
Value:
7

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