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Frontier

As soon as I arrived with Frontier Madagascar I immediately felt welcomed and at home. The camp was a lot more advanced then I was expecting having running water, sheltered living as well as having more of a choice than beans and rice everyday, including a steak night with vegetarian option. The volunteers and staff members all quickly became a close family making you feel confident and content speaking with anyone, about most things including with problems. The overall experience was amazing and this being my first trip abroad alone, was truly once in a lifetime. I learned so much in the two weeks I was there about the many species Madagascar had to offer, I wish I had stayed for longer as there was so much more to the island of Nosy-Be than expected.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Jul 10, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
6

Frontier

I arrived in Fiji to begin a four week journalism placement as organised by Frontier. I was placed at Mai Life Magazine, based in Suva. At the airport I was greeted by my project manager, Ria, and we boarded an express bus to Suva. Once in Suva I met the other volunteers at the Brown St homestay, and then myself and another volunteer were taken to our homestay, where we had our first ever kava ceremony.
After a day or two we started our placement at Mai Life. We were introduced to the staff and were set a list of assignments. It was all very daunting at first, but being plunged in at the deep end was the best thing that could have happened. We were essentially travel journalists, and got to travel to the Yasawa Islands, which were beautiful, and were given the chance to do Zip Lining and White water rafting. The placement was absolutely brilliant - everyone should do journalism!

Our homestay families were also very accommodating. It is a bit of a culture shock at first, but you soon get used to it. Be prepared for cold showers!
I have had such a great time, the project was very well managed and I wish I could do it all over again!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Jul 10, 2014
Overall:
7
Support:
8
Value:
8

Frontier

For someone who'd never properly left Ireland before, going to Madagascar for 5 weeks was a huge decision but I can happily say it was a great decision.
Between the beautiful surroundings, amazing staff and breathtaking wildlife there's honestly no where else id rather have gone.
From the time I stepped into camp to the time I left I've never felt so welcomed.
The staff on camp were not only super helpful but they really do their best to make sure you get everything you want out of your trip.
I couldn't be any happier with how my trip went and I'd go back in a heartbeat if I had the chance.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ireland
Posted: Jul 9, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

On my way to Uganda I was very nervous. I didn’t have any idea what I was getting myself into, if I would have any trouble, if I would be confortable volunteering for 2 weeks. I was very pleasantly surprise however, how much of a home Uganda became to me.
The coordinator was always there right away whenever you needed him and helped us volunteers our so much.
Don’t trust your ATM card/debitcard. Look into using Western Union or exchange US money.
Bring some American food that you can let your local friends/teachers have: mac+cheese, evaporated milk, chocolate cereals. Bring some pencils, crayons, baby clothes, kids clothes as donations.
I will be back for sure.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: Jul 9, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

I joined this program later than most and was still strongly supported online and via personal phone calls to my project coordinator! I also found how particularly comforting, in a strange country like Madagascar, to be welcomed and greeted so warmly upon arrival and especially when arriving in camp! The camp itself was more beautiful than any of the pictures can show you either, so impressed by its perfect location and in terms of reef proximity too. The researching introduction and education was extremely well presented in a necessary intensity suited to the kind of volunteer requirements needed for such programs and was very rewarding to finalize and put into practice in the water (in under 3 weeks I began surveying). Without before hand having any PADI qualifications or scientific research qualifications above A Level, I found the development extremely rewarding and couldn't ultimately recommend the actual staff on camp in Madagascar more! The project is rapidly expanding its horizons and is an exciting place to be at the moment!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Jul 9, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
8

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