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Frontier

Here I am, on Mafia Island Tanzania. Diving in an incredibly beautiful place, surrounded by new friends that feel as though they will last a lifetime.
As the Assistant Dive Officer, being in the water is how I spend my day-to-day life on Frontier camp. Although they’re always is time for a mangrove walk and a bird survey or a walk into the village for chai and fresh doughnuts. The environment is beautiful, the local community it welcoming and helpful, and our Frontier family is fantastic.
As a scuba diver instructor on paper and at heart, I came to Mafia knowing about the underwater world, but was continuing on my way to understand the vast world that lives below the surface. Since arriving on camp I have not stopped learning. Learning about the local marine life, the aquatic environment as a whole and about how I can assist in the fight to save our oceans.
Our supportive staff, both local and international, bring vast quantities of diverse knowledge and experience to create an inspiring team of individuals that have formed together to create a working ‘conservation machine’. Whale Sharks outings, turtle hatching, environmental days with the local children and conservation lessons in the local schools.
The varying diversity of daily experiences have helped me concrete my goal to continue my professional career in marine conservation. Taking my love and new knowledge for the oceans and passing these lessons onto my students.
I want to pass on a huge thank you to all our camp members who have helped me learn more about myself and the underwater world, which is were I feel most at home.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Oct 23, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

I have spent the past 3 months voluteering at Excel Orphanage home and school in Uganda. The organization worked well to help sort out any questions that I had before I came, and any problems I had while I was here. Once you arrive in the country you can easily ask the country coordinator or the host for help with anything you need. The time I spent at the orphanage and teaching has been an amazing experience, it has truly changed my life, and I love each of the children. The hosts, workers, and the other teachers there are extremely nice, and were amazing, hard working people. However, I have to say that living at Excel is not for everyone. There are still many difficulties that they have there, as it is located in a small villiage called Kyenda which is 25 minutes outside of th town Mubende. For me, I was able to be flexible and became used to the difficult situations there, but I know that there have been others who could not. This has been a priceless experience, and I would reccommend it to anyone who thinks that they can manage difficult situations.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
My email is 14kperilli@gmail.com

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: Oct 22, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

I have just spent 6 weeks doing the forest programme in Madagascar. I can honestly say that it was some of the best weeks I have ever spent. The staff were great, they were all passionate about each project. The camp was like something you wouldn't have imagine but surprisingly homely, although it was basic everything was accounted for and the atmosphere was truly amazing.
Having not studied science at a degree level I didn't feel like I was out of place during the project. I learnt so much about different aspects of science and found myself leaving with a much larger interest in thing that I wouldn't have thought I would have enjoyed so much. Madagascar is a truly beautiful and unique place and I'm so glad that I got to experience it with the guidance of the Frontier team, they really made my time amazing and would recommend to anyone to do the same as I did, no matter how long you are thinking of going for you are will be made to feel like part of the frontier family.

Program:
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Oct 17, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

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International Humanity Foundation

My name is Esther Manzanera and I am a Work-Study Volunteer in IHF Bali. I have been here for already two months and I could say that this experience has changed my life so I would recommend it to anyone! Since the day that I left my hometown in Spain and I arrived at the center I could see how easy was to help the children most in need. I have enjoyed the happiness of the kids, which is the most grateful thing that you could have. They do not worry about material things, about having the best PlayStation or iPhone, they don´t need those things to be happy, they will be smiling every day even living on the most basic conditions. The life in IHF shows you a different way to understand the world where you learn to value the most simple things.

In the Bali Center we have around 200 children registered so there is always a lot of work to do here, so I would like to encorauge everybody to come here to see the life through our balinese children's eyes. Living with their culture, learning about their families, traditions, religions, costumes, and appreciate a different way to live.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Oct 17, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Cross-Cultural Solutions

I volunteered with CCS in Costa Rica for two weeks, working in an orphanage in Cartago for both weeks. The information that CCS provided in advance when I was preparing for my trip was very thorough and I could access it on demand via the website at times that were convenient for me. I felt as well-informed as I could be before arriving in Costa Rica. The in-country orientation after arrival was more specific to my assignment and other local matters and was exceptionally comprehensive. CCS made resources available such as tip sheets from previous volunteers as well as access to local CCS employees with direct knowledge of the orphanage. The CCS staff in Cartago all were amazing, from the driver who greeted me at the airport all the way up to the country director. They made me feel welcome and made it easy to assimilate quickly and get ready for my first day of volunteer work. They could answer every question and someone was always available to lend a hand. The housing is basic as you might expect but comfortable and safe. There was round the clock security, and plenty of snacks and beverages available at all times, not to mention comfortable hammocks for lounging time. The cultural activities available to volunteers were diverse so there was something for everyone -- seeing local sights, taking dance lessons, or learning to make homemade tortillas, among other things. My experience at the orphanage will have a lasting impact on me. The children there don't normally have the opportunity to get the kind of attention that we as volunteers are able to provide to them while we are there. Even on tiring days when there are a lot of kids present, you know that it matters that you came. All in all this experience was both fulfilling and fun. I would volunteer with CCS again in the future.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Oct 17, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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