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Frontier has over 300 projects globally, offering unlimited opportunities to volunteer abroad. You could be spending memorable days scuba diving off the brilliant white beaches of Fiji or discovering South Africa on a conservation project with lion cubs! You can learn new skills, gain valuable qualifications and make lifelong friends.

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My trip to Costa Rica with Frontier was incredible. I went for six weeks, and enjoyed every moment of it!! The activities were explorative, the wildlife was mind-boggling, the scenery was awe-inspiring and the staff were utterly fantastic.
The whole experience was brilliant for me. Simply living in the jungle and going back to basics, cooking lunch and dinner for each other everyday and enjoying a truly communal atmosphere was totally unique and wonderful. I learnt so much from the endless knowledge of the staff members, and learnt even more about myself from simply going out there on my own and seeing how I coped. I took some excellent photos, I grew as a person and I made some now beloved friends in the process.
I would highly recommend this project for anybody who is outgoing, adventurous and enjoys having simply an amazing time.

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Posted: June 23, 2012
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10
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10
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9
By: Willow
Age:
20

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Hi Willow, Were you in Puerto Jiminez? I'm going this summer and have a few concerns. How do you get from the airport to the site? What does a normal day look like? Natalia
Hello. Yes I flew into Puerto Jimenez from San Jose. Theres a 'colectivo' which runs several times a day, its basically a flatbed truck with a big tarpaulin over the back, its good, but bumpy. That runs in the morning and afternoons and goes straight past camp each time. Each day we'd all wake up relatively early, have breakfast then go on a survey, it would vary from day to day and different weather would dictate what we'd do too. Generally things like going on a Primate Survey which is walking around the trails or both Primary and Secondary forests looking for monkeys; going on River walks up either of two rivers taking data on Neotropical River Otters; or going on Turtle Patrols (if in the morning than you'll be looking for nests and tracks) etc. Then You'd all return to camp for lunch which whoever's on camp duty would prepare. Then you'd all go and do more surveys in the afternoon. After dinner you may go on a turtle patrol or frog & snake surveys in the swamp, or just relax and play board games or cards! I hope I've been helpful. Will

Frontier offers a fantastic opportunity to both people who are looking to make a difference in their own way, but also to people who want to progress further into their chosen fields of ecology or teaching and to have the opportunity to practically implement this in the field. Working as the Country Coordinator for Frontier Cambodia is one of the greatest rewarding efforts a person could ask for. The role relied heavily on self initiative and what you put in, you get out ten fold. The job itself involved working with Government Ministries, implementing and overseeing current and future projects, control of administrative duties at the office in Phnom Penh and support for both volunteers and staff. It has been a pleasure to work and learn from this and no doubt will provide proven field experience in a management capacity for future employment reference. This however is an ever welcome bonus as the real experience comes from your own self satisfaction and fulfillment of having the opportunity to really make a difference in peoples lives that would otherwise be less able to access the future you can participate in providing. My personal experience is immeasurable and will always have the Khmer smile close to my heart. As you develop both working and personal relationships with these people, you mold yourself to their ways and appreciate who they are and where they have come from. A passion that drives both your own willingness to progress but also theirs. I have met some special people here and I take comfort in the fact that long after I am not here in Cambodia, these inspirational people that have driven my own motivation forward will still be here for the progress of this amazing country. As long as they are here inspiring others like myself, their future is in good hands.

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Posted: June 22, 2012
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10
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9
Value:
9
By: Tristen
Age:
30

I have just finished my time on the Frontier Tanzania Marine project where I was working as Conservation Apprentice, which is the most junior of staff roles. I applied for this position earlier this year, having been a volunteer two years ago for six months on their Fiji Marine project and loved it. I had an amazing time on both projects and honestly couldn't tell you which I liked better, which is saying something as I thought that nothing could top my Fiji experience. That's not to say that either project was entirely smooth running, and everyone is bound to have their emotional ups and down while they are there, but overall, my time with Frontier has been incredible. You have to be prepared for a VERY basic lifestyle, sleeping with crabs, rats and spiders on the floor or on sticks, so do bear that in mind. If you really can't stand camping or living off rice and beans every day, maybe you're not too suited for camp life. If you can get over that though, then you will have an amazing time. While I was on both camps, I met some of the best people I have ever met, and have done some of the best diving. Party nights are great fun and you learn to love warm beer and local spirits very quickly. You have to get creative with games to play, party themes and recipes to cook, and you have to relax and settle into the friendly, laid back atmosphere of camp or village life. The Fiji camp is more remote than the Tanzania one which is right in the middle of a village. There are pros to both though, as on the fiji camp, the sea and the reef are your back garden, but you miss out on the incredible people that you get in Tanzania. I would massively massively recommend going away with Frontier. People sometimes complain about not knowing where their money has gone, but it really is put to good use, and is worth every penny for the experiences you will gain and the friends you will make. Trust me, I've been both staff and volunteer for nine months now, and have just signed up for another six, back in Fiji. After that maybe I'll head back to Tanzania, because I just can't stay away from wither place for too long.

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Posted: June 21, 2012
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9
Support:
6
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8
Age:
22

I have spent the past 6 months working as Trail Leader on Frontier's Central America Trail. The trail takes groups of up to 12 volunteers on a route through Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. The trail is 10 weeks in total (although there is a 6 week option, which excludes the jungle placement), and 5 weeks are spent travelling, whilst 5 weeks are spent volunteering. The volunteering aspect involves 1 week volunteering at a bilingual school in rural Honduras, and 4 weeks volunteering on Frontier's Big Cats, Turtles and Primates project in the Costa Rican rainforest.
On the trip you have the option to do a number of different activities, including: Mayan ruins, swimming in waterfalls, visiting traditional Mayan villages, shopping in markets, tubing down rivers, swimming in caves, hiking up volcanoes, kayaking on lakes, learning to scuba dive, horse back riding, zip lining, volcano boarding, surfing and more! It is a great way to experience authentic Central America as we try to use local transport, stay in locally run hostels, and eat street food, in markets or in local eateries.
The volunteering aspects are also incredibly unique: in the school in Honduras volunteers have the opportunity to stay with host families, giving them the chance to bond with the community, try some local food and practise their Spanish. Many children at the school come from poor families, so volunteers really feel they are making a difference. The children are so friendly, funny and loving - it's hard to say goodbye at the end of the week!
The jungle placement in Costa Rica is a unique experience for different reasons: located on the Osa Peninsula, a biodiversity hotspot, volunteers have the opportunity to observe and research a huge range of wildlife (primates, sea turtles, river otters, amphibians, reptiles, dragonflies etc). We stay with other Frontier volunteers on the jungle camp (which is incredibly well built and equipped!), giving us the opportunity to stay in one place for a while and meet some new people.
I am proud to say that all my volunteers enjoyed the Central America Trail and had a lot of fun along the way. It is a great taster to the region, allowing you to explore many different aspects. I also believe it to be very good value for money compared to similar tours in the area. I would thoroughly recommend it.

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Posted: June 20, 2012
Overall:
10
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10
Value:
10
Age:
24

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I was involved in the Cambodian Forest Programme where I worked as an Assistant Research Officer for 6 months. My job was to offer support to the Project Investigator and work alongside volunteers.

I got alot out of this experience and would recommend it to anybody looking for practical experience in the field. Our PI was very knowledgeable and had a lot of time and patience to help both volunteers and AROs improve their skills. I feel as though I have learnt alot of invaluable skills both practical and theoretical in such a short time that will really help me when looking for employment in the future.

My favourite aspects of the project have included collecting in camera traps which is where we would see most of the more secretive animals that we were too noisy to sneak up upon! I also really enjoyed bathing in the river, just fully submerging myself in the refreshing cold water when it was so hot everywhere else! I loved my hammock which surprised me but it was actually really comfortable and felt safe being all cocooned up inside of it. The food was also an unexpected pleasure especially as our PI russled us up some very interesting treats including pancakes, garlic bread, rattatouille and Tortilla.

From my experience I would recommend taking lots of talcum powder as it does get very humid and clothes rub leaving rashes which can become painful. Lots of socks so that you always have a nice dry pair, waterproofs (for when it rains it really does pour), lots of suncream and deet and maybe some snacks as it isn't always easy to get to a shop!

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Posted: June 20, 2012
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
9
By: megancox
Age:
29

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