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Frontier

Before coming to Fiji communication with London HQ was slightly challenging as responses were very slow. Some specifics were also sent rather late, and as i was already in New Zealand there was very little I could do to make adjustments. On arriving in Fiji the entire process of getting to Beqa Island was smoother and easier than i could have imagined thanks to Brittany's guidance. On arriving, whilst the camp was further from the beach than expected, I immediately felt welcome and everyone was very welcoming. The food was better than expected and the diving so spectacular. My confidence in the water has grown immensely along with my love for the ocean. There have been some frustrating days due to rain, and the amount of free time was definitely not clearly shown in advertising. There has also been some confusion over where exactly money goes, and also as to the exact scientific direction of the project, but the awesome staff Allie and Julia have done their best to clear these issues up. Overall an amazing experience if you love the sea and are after some isolation.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Jul 14, 2015
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
7

Comments

Dear Steve, It is a shame that it rained quite a bit in Fiji whilst you were there, they have been having some unusual rains over the last couple of months but we are now getting much more sun! This project has undergone some exciting new developments over the last 4-5 months as we have refocused our scientific direction to increase our impact on the local ecosystems and communities. Our activities have increased 10 fold, with volunteers involved in studies on coral nurseries, habitat mapping, snorkel surveys, invasive species removal, mangrove studies, shark studies, more focus on commercial species and education sessions within the community, we have also increased non research activities to involve lots of interaction and activities with the local community and extra ways to increase your dive skills. We now have that excellent balance of being on the go and time to relax in the sun! Best Wishes, Jenna Griffiths

Frontier

the project I have been on is absolutely amazing, I have not a bad thing to say about it, I have learned so much about the local culture, all of the fish and invertebrates we have been learning. But what tops it off is the staff and other volunteers, some of the most friendly people I have ever met, the amount I paid for the project was defiantly worth the experience I have had, I would recommend this to anyone because of the life changing experience it has been. The Island itself is absolutely amazing, beautiful beyond words, so overall its been the best thing iv'e done in my life and cant wait for my next volunteering trip with frontier!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: UK
Posted: Jul 13, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Frontier

I spent two weeks in Tenerife over summer volunteering for the project on dolphin and whale conservation. It was such a great experience that I would definitely do again! It is such a great way to meet people who share the same interests as you. I feel like I've taken so much away from this experience. I learnt a lot about different cetaceans and their behaviours. It was also an opportunity for me to try and improve my Spanish.
We went out on the boats every second day, in pairs. One person would take pictures of the animals, so that we could go home and identify them the next day, whilst the other would take down data (GPS coordinates, how many animals there were, the weather conditions... etc). The rest of the day would be free.
The days we were at home we would clean the house and sort out our data from the day before. There was enough free time to explore the area and visit different attractions, as there are a lot of beautiful places to see in Tenerife (however if you are planning on doing extra visits make sure you have more money with you than recommend on the field brief). The house was very homely due to the super friendly staff!
The house is brand new and in perfect condition and in a very safe location.
Overall definitely a great project if you're interested in cetaceans and/or conservation. I would also recommend it if it's your first volunteer project as it isn't too far from continental Europe and you're still living a very comfortable lifestyle.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Jul 12, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
7

Projects Abroad

I volunteered with Projects Abroad in Morocco for spring break as a college student. It was an incredible trip, and i regard it as one of the most important in my life. All the volunteers on our trip got along really well. Our program coordinators were absolutely amazing and I am so thankful for that. Going abroad to Morocco was something that my parents were worried about because of safety, but I did not feel unsafe there. Staying with a host family was a really memorable experience because I got to practice a language I am learning. I would completely recommend Projects Abroad because they are organized and effective in addition to engaging and adventurous. The price was a factor, but I think that you are paying for a lot of the things that ensure your organized, easy and safe trip. Well worth it.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Morocco
Posted: Jul 12, 2015
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
8

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

This experience In Costa Rica was one that I will never forget. Meeting children that have been abandoned by their parents and being able to put a smile on their faces and bond with them is a great feeling. Many days my heart was broken because all you want is for them to have great futures and unfortunately you do not know whether or not they will have great futures. This experience has opened my eyes to the problems that our world faces with the orphans. I do not want my work with them to stop here, I would love to keep in communication with the Costa Rican orphanage.
My host mom and house were great, I was able to sleep in a comfortable bed in a room that was always at a good temperature. The meals were delicious, and I have had my fill of Costa Rican food. Security was great. We were at a wonderful residence where all the neighbors were friendly. The friendliness here is amazing. People are always saying Good Morning or How are You Doing when you walk past them. The quality of service here is very good. I love San Jose because it reminds me a lot of USA and it makes me feel at home.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jul 11, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

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