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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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125 colectivo trips
65 nights at Fanny Lu
40 tons of rice & beans eaten (approx)
5 pumas, 6 river otter and 1 jaguarundi sighted
Hundreds of monkeys, snakes, lizards, small mammals, frogs, birds, fish, and turtles sighted also!!
Many MANY km of jungle trails and beach walked
1 camp built (YES!)

= An AMAZING year living in the jungles of the Osa Peninsula working as Project Coordinator for Frontier Costa Rica.

I will sorely miss Piro, Tití Camp, the jungle,the beaches and the memories I have of the place will forever stay with me. However this year could never have been as special as it has been without all the wonderful people I have met over the past 12 months! All the Frontier Costa Rica staff I have worked with – you guys are the best, thanks for making my job so easy and hopefully catch you all back in UK soon!! The Frontier LHQ staff – thanks for all your hard work, support and hopefully see you all soon around Old St!

Finally however I have to say a HUGE thank you to all the brilliant, amazing, interesting, energetic and fun volunteers that I have had the pleasure to work with over the year! You guys have really made my year and I will never forget the times spent on camp (old and new) with you lot!! :-)

Pura Vida!

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Posted: May 30, 2012
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By: dapa767
Age:
25

I have been in Madagascar for 2 months now and love it. It is truly a unique place to visit, in terms of culture and wildlife. On my first day we went on a snorkel on home reef, saw loads of anemone fish, a giant puffer and a hawksbill turtle. We then went for a walk to a local village, on the way spotting a family of black lemurs and a Chameleon. Not too bad for the first day! Since then I have been able to explore further afield through science work and seen even more wonderful creatures. The local village that we live next to have a strong sense of community, inviting us to parties, celebrations and even a carnival! Out here you get sun, sea, sand and science! Perfect combination!

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Posted: May 30, 2012
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10
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10
Age:
27

I have been in Madagascar for two months already and the time has flown by... working within the marine staff here has been an absolute eye opener and one which has allowed me to experience many new things. From the moment I arrived on camp I was taken away by the beauty of our surroundings- the green forest surrounding the back of the camp and our views out over the ocean and the surrounding areas. Stunning. Living within a local community has also been a real eye opener, seeing their way of life and how they have adapted to live in this tropical paradise has been amazing- specially the way that they have allowed us to fit into their village and are willing to help us with anything we may need.
The diving is not the most amzing in the world but there is a wide variety of extremely colourful fish, rays and occasional turtles. I have genuinely enjoyed every dive I have done here and some of the dives have amazing coral formations so I would not overlook Madagascar as a diving location. Being able to carry out science whilst on the dives is also a really enjoyable experience and has allowed me to learn more about the reef fauna and flora in the area. The marine crew are also extremely fun to work with and the mixture of people on camp means that there is plenty to learn and never a boring moment.
I would recommend Madagascar to anyone, but be prepared for basic living standards! This is genuinely not a problem and I believe it has added to my experience here- but maybe bring a few luxuries from home with you!! Enjoy!

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Posted: May 29, 2012
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9
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8
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8
Age:
22

I joined the Madagascar marine project back in october 2011, I signed up for a 10week volunteer position and im still here, with 4 and a half months to go! i love everything about this project. The team i work within are all great fun, laid back people, yet everyone has a great work ethic which makes it a very enjoyable place to be. The location of the camp is perfect for me. The camp is situated on a beach, only a 100m swim to our nearest reef and a 40minute walk to the Loko Be reserve. On a night time we are often subjected to the most amazings sunsets and starry skys which will have you sitting up for hours! Being apart of a village is also a great addition to the experience, they're all amazing people who are willing to talk to you and give up the their time of day to talk to you and help you. Also Mama Vulas meals once a week are a welcome change to the rice and beans. Camp life tends to be hectic, having the terrestrial and marine projects on the same camp means lots of people and a lot of activity. With something happening at all hours of the day and plenty of people around, socialising is very easy. The variation of people on camp also means that no one day is the same as eccentric characteristics are always brought out by the camp life! Frontier have helped me so much over the past 8months, offering me advice when i need it and completing tasks when i have been unable to do them myself. Frontier is an excellent company with their volunteers as their main area of focus. i would strongly advise anybody to enroll with frontier, especially on the Madagascar marine project .... its awesome!

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Posted: May 28, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
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10
By: tomheap
Age:
20

What can I say, I am on the Madagascar Marine project and don’t want to leave! The living standards are very basic but that adds to the overall experience of the project... having to become good at building a fire to cook on, otherwise it will be raw beans for everyone! I would definitely recommend taking little luxuries’ from home... marmite, tea, yummy chocolate and sweets! The location of the camp is fairly isolated with stunning views when you get out of bed, which is always a good way to start the day. The involvement with the local community is fantastic, you feel like you a properly part of the local community. But most of all, I have enjoyed the diving. Being able to survey and dive areas where there are no other divers around is wonderful. Although the reefs aren’t as dramatic and impressive as some areas of the world there is an impressive variety of life and if you go to Tanikeli, a marine protected area where there are lots of big fish and even the potential to see a shark or two! Being involved with the science is highly rewarding and I feel that through this I have gained valuable experience identifying reef animals and using survey techniques that I will be able to use to my advantage when furthering my career in marine research. From where the camp is situated you have a surplus of wildlife, with Lokobe (protected forest area) on our doorstep you fall asleep to the screeches of lemurs and the croaking of frogs. I have definitely seen and experienced a lot from which Madagascar has to offer.

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Posted: May 28, 2012
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Age:
25

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