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Frontier

Taking part in the Fiji Marine Project has been an utterly fantastic experience. From day one everyone makes you feel welcome and at home. The diving has been breath taking and easily a highlight from my time here. Taking part in surveys has added something to the diving and made me appreciate the sea life even more.

The projects is able to run so well thanks to Kris who seems to work day and night to make sure our time here runs smoothly.

I would recommend bringing lots of snacks for those with big appetites and a solar charger is vital. I also suggest climbing the mountain and eating at the finely crafted table now available at camp.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Jan 31, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

I arrived in Fiji to see the unfamiliar, extremely tanned face of Kris waiting to welcome us and escort us to Beqa Island. After embracing camp life for the last 4 weeks, Kris has become as much a friend as a Principle Investigator and Dive Instructor. Life here could not be run the same without him.

The week days are intense and crazy with early mornings to allow for all the diving and camp chores, but these could not contrast more with the incredibly mellow and chilled weekends, which truly embrace the concept of Fiji time.
Kris has embraced our requests to take us to the most picturesque place on earth on countless times. The almost hour long boat trip is a small price to pay to have a BBQ as the sun is setting on the sandbar, which can only be described as paradise.

Other highlights of my stay include climbing the nearby mountain to then have unbelievable views of the surrounding coral reef, along with enjoying a tub of Mango ice cream bought from the village of Rukua which was then carried back to camp as quickly as humanly possible in the 30 degree heat before it melted.

Essentials to include when packing is some form of cookbook specifically for rice and other carb based goods to make meal time as tasty as possible. Along with a solar charger if you bring a camera, as electricity is hard to come by.

Make sure to use the finely crafted table which is now a new addition to the camp, and enjoy your time.

Vinaka!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Jan 31, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

My time at camp has been amazing, creative and revitalising. You realise how little you really need and that you can always find a solution. You can literally see the effort you put in in the ever-changing camp and know that you have made a difference. Nothing’s prefect here but the motivation and initiative of everyone here is inspiring! The camp is such a happy, warm place and I feel I could always have a home here and that’s all down to Kris and the wonderful volunteers.

The diving is so incredible! The beauty and energy of the fishes are infectious and you come to the surface excited after every single. We have had some amazing moments involving white tip sharks who don’t seem to mind getting up close and personal, its breath taking! There’s no real dangers in the water or on land on this beautiful island but there is a high level of respect you feel about the animals and fish and you feel privileged when they are willing to approach you.

A few of my favorite on land moments include the sandbar, a nearby beach that disappears at high tide but is absolute paradise, the stargazing without all the light pollution and the camp cuisine which became increasingly more creative as we used up some supplies. It is a fun experience to watch everyone find their signature dishes and I recommend bringing lots of spices, sweet chili sauce and peanut butter, although it is available from the friendly village in exchange for an hours walk!

The way of life here is friendly, basic and without excess. I feel privileged to be part of it and I hope to take some of the things this project has taught me back home with me. It is the best experience of my life so far and I fully recommend it to anyone who cares about animals, conservation and are prepared to make the best of it!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Jan 31, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Where to even begin? I have spent a considerable time here in Madagascar on the marine program and I don't ever want to leave! From the minute I got here and was picked up by some of the staff who made sure I had everything I needed, to setting foot on camp,which is some sort of tropical paradise!
Right from the off I was impressed by the staff, how passionate they are and how much I could learn from them. One of the reasons I chose Frontier was because their science seemed legit - I didn't want to just come for a holiday and to dive in a nice place, I wanted to contribute to actual data collection and learn more about marine surveying. Having taken the chance I can honestly say this is everything I thought it would be!
About camp - well, you are living on the waters edge surrounding by forest where there are lemurs (noisy things sometimes! :), birds and chameleons that can be seen and heard from camp. Food is simple, yes its mostly white or red beans with lots of veg and of course, mountains of rice! But I don't eat rice and I seem to have survived this long, also there is a supermarket in town to stock up on goodies when you have your day off in town.
Anyway, I think I have said enough - if you were doubting coming before, don't! This place is amazing and you will seriously love your time here :)

Program:
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Jan 31, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Where to even begin? I have spent a considerable time here in Madagascar on the marine program and I don't ever want to leave! From the minute I got here and was picked up by some of the staff who made sure I had everything I needed, to setting foot on camp,which is some sort of tropical paradise!
Right from the off I was impressed by the staff, how passionate they are and how much I could learn from them. One of the reasons I chose Frontier was because their science seemed legit - I didn't want to just come for a holiday and to dive in a nice place, I wanted to contribute to actual data collection and learn more about marine surveying. Having taken the chance I can honestly say this is everything I thought it would be!
About camp - well, you are living on the waters edge surrounding by forest where there are lemurs (noisy things sometimes! :), birds and chameleons that can be seen and heard from camp. Food is simple, yes its mostly white or red beans with lots of veg and of course, mountains of rice! But I don't eat rice and I seem to have survived this long, also there is a supermarket in town to stock up on goodies when you have your day off in town.
Anyway, I think I have said enough - if you were doubting coming before, don't! This place is amazing and you will seriously love your time here :)

Program:
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Jan 31, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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