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9 / 10 after 615 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings

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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I went on an expedition in Madagascar with Frontier in October last yr, speak with Maggie, at teh london office, she'll tell you how many people are going, and you might even have a weekend to meet one another. They're a pretty gd company, I'm doing another trip with them to Tanzania this August, I'm nearing the end of my gap year, but just make the best of every moment, make the money strech as far as possible, plan what you'll do over the year and if you feel like doing something, just DO IT! You mighyt not get another chance for while if you're going to uni, or starting work.

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Posted: May 6, 2010
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I have just got back from India with Frontier. From my booking stage through to my final feedback stage everything was great. The teaching that I did was out of this world and the children were so cute. I can't wait to go back, I miss them so much. Especially when they sang their final farewell song. Still brings tears to my eyes.

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Posted: March 24, 2010
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I had an amazing time in Costa Rica. The staff at Amistand were extremely helpful and at the project in Puntamala also.
The host family I stayed were friendly and the accommodation was comfortable and clean.
The project itself was great. You get really stuck in and experience something so unique.

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Posted: March 11, 2010
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This review was submitted by a volunteer who requested it was provided on both our website www.frontier.ac.uk and a review forum, hence the duplication you refer to.
this was copied from web their web. this company is a fake
I’ve just got back from a project in Tanzania- can’t believe how quickly it went, the whole experience was amazing and I’m gutted to be home already. I’m already missing the crew out there loads, everyone got on so well and I’ll definitely be meeting up with some of them for a night out soon. The place it self is like something out of a film- unbelievably beautiful and the weather is bloody amazing- which meant the beach parties were very cool! I went from being an absolute beginner at diving to passing my PADI open water and I am hooked for life, its totally addictive and seeing seven whale sharks in one day was a once in a lifetime experience. Even working at the school which I thought would be boring was an unexpectedly mindblowing experience- the culture is so different from what any of us were used to but the people were legendary- really friendly and so appreciative of our work. The beach clean ups were knackering but spending time threre makes you want to help with environmental work. Would definitely recommend Frontier- staff were nice and no problems in terms of organization.

I went on the Tanzania Savannah project in July last year. I have never met a more committed team of staff, something which was very encouraging and spurred the RAs on as well.
It was certainly a life changer, I enjoyed every minute of it.
It has completely changed my plans for the future; I am now applying for a university course studying animal behaviour sciences, whereas I wasn’t before my experience.
I can’t wait to go back , because I love the country and most importantly the people, their simpler way of life appeals to me as does their attitude towards life.

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Posted: January 23, 2010
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I think that volunteering abroad is a wonderful experience, but NOT if you go with Frontier.
- Frontier is about £1000 more expensive than many other agencies, but are much less efficient and require much more chasing to get answers. In my case, this cost my me whole trip.
- On a positive note, I can say that all experiences I've had with other agencies providing voluntary opportunities abroad have been positive. I list these here, as I would recommend any of them in favour of Frontier:
o Original volunteers
o LIFE Argentina
o UNA Exchange
o IJGD (Internationale Jugendgemeinschaftdienste)
FURTHER DETAILS OF MY EXPERIENCES
- I have paid for flights to Ethiopia, but today I have been forced to decide not to go. (It is less than 2 weeks before the scheduled departure)
- I have not been able to get a visa to travel there because Frontier were unable to provide me with the information I need to fill out the visa form. This is despite the fact that I have contacted them several times a week for several weeks chasing them.
- Frontier, in their defence, have said (only yesterday) that I should have paid my final instalment earlier. However, I had already informed them that I was unwilling to pay them my final instalment until I received the required information, and they agreed with this.
- On a separate note, the main attraction of Frontier for me was the training I was supposed to receive. However despite me contacting them several times, they were unable to arrange anything for me (although this was promised in their literature and I had given them 5 months to arrange this).
- When pressed, this is what one of their emails said about the training: "This shouldn’t be a problem though as the training day is more a chance to meet everyone, all the information on the day is also available in the pack." I found this disappointing.
- Frontier were very slow to tell me where in Ethiopia the project was, and only after a lot of prodding. I suspect they didn't understand that this would affect whether malaria tablets are needed (although they claimed they did appreciate this)
- Frontier appear to have set up more paperwork, bureaucracy, and hurdles than other organisations. The forms I filled in asked me about the occupations of my parents, details about my siblings, and what class degree I got. I thought this was more intrusive than necessary.
- Frontier appear to have started with a specific type of volunteering - namely for volunteers who help with research projects. They then (I think) branched out into the more generic community volunteering projects. Perhaps they are more effective with that sort of project? (I personally would not be willing to take the risk)
In case anyone is worried about what will happen to me, I have gone back to Original Volunteers. Despite the fact that this is last minute request, they can help me, and because they're so much cheaper than Frontier, I'll still save money. So it's all OK in the end.

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Posted: October 19, 2009
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