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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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I have just got back from Frontier's Costa Rica Big Cats, Primates and Turtle Conservation project. I had an amazing time and was very sad when it was time to leave.
I had a lot of support in organising the trip from the London office and all the staff out there were great too. The project itself is amazing! The title is a little misleading as there are currently no big cat surveys taking place and there is only a lot of turtle work during the two peak seasons. However we did so much else that you couldn't possibly hold any of that against them! We did surveys on otters, amphibians, primates and birds. I was even lucky enough to see a neotropical river otter, although we had to get up at 3:30 am!
The camp is very well equipped considering the remote location. There is running water so we had two showers and a flushing toilet. I got to sleep in a hammock, which was great fun, and I was so impressed by the food. Overall I had a wonderful time; I have some amazing new friends and an incredible experience under my belt.

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Posted: June 11, 2012
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Hi, I am going on this trip this summer. just a few questions; what did a normal day look like? was there electricity on camp? how did you get from the airport to camp? thanks.
Hi there! Do you mean what was the routine on an average day? There is no electricity on camp I'm afraid but I found it didn't really matter - it is fun doing things by candle light :) Kes (the volunteer coordinator) will meet you at Puerto Jimenez airport and you and all the other new volunteers will get public transport to camp (called the collectivo and when you ride that you are in for a treat) so don't worry about that. However you do need to find your own way from San Jose airport to Puerto Jimenez. I stayed over night in San Jose and then flew to Puerto Jimenez with Sansa airlines. Hope this helps!

China was amazing but I wouldn’t have got there without Frontier. Right from my first phone call with them I felt comfortable with the company. They are all young people that have a passion for travel, just the same as their clients. They can relate to everything you are going through and know how to best advise you in relation to their own experiences.

Frontier was organised extremely well and administration was always prompt and accurate. The trip itself was exactly what I was looking for and even more! The pre-trip TEFL weekend really helped with the nerves and it was great to know who I would be going with before I even got to the airport.

The best thing about Frontier is that they are really supportive. I chose them because they were a UK company and had a 24 hour emergency hotline. Fortunately I never had to use it but I could always contact someone if I didn’t know who else to turn to – vital when you are on your own for the first time in a foreign country! Not only that, but before, during and even after my project when I was travelling independently my inbox was frequently receiving emails from the Frontier office, checking up on me, making sure I was ok and offering advice and support if I needed it.

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Posted: June 10, 2012
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8
Support:
10
Value:
6
Age:
20

Madagascar has been an eye opening experience for me. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and made some amazing friends with the other RA’s and staff alike. Camp is right on the beach which means we have amazing views of the sunset. Sat camp was amazing as well, we saw more of Madagascar which we otherwise wouldn’t have seen. All the staff are very welcoming and the locals are friendly and always willing to teach you some Malagasy. Overall this has been an amazing experience and I’ve definitely grown as a person because of it.

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Posted: June 7, 2012
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9
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10
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7
By: Meltap
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18

I have quite enjoyed my time with frontier; it has been lots of fun. The people and staff have been good also. The diving has been awesome although a bit slow on occasions. I participated on a sat camp which was amazing. We went sailing on a 60ft catamaran, we saw some amazing reefs. The locals who we are around are friendly although learning Malagasy has been interesting. Over all Madagascar has been great.

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Posted: June 7, 2012
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7
By: Ben
Age:
18

My time in Madagascar has been one of the most enjoyable and exciting times of my life. The camp itself is very basic but not many places would beat living on a beach surrounded by forest. The transport to and from the camp is well organised and efficient. The Frontier staff were very friendly and organised, which made my time here great and go very quickly. The village were camp is situated is very friendly and the people are very approachable and love having a good time. Marine is good fun and the dive sites are beautiful, however sometimes there isn’t much to do. I have learnt a lot about the marine environment and doing BSP’s which will help me in later life. Overall Madagascar is an amazing place to be a Frontier volunteer and I have had a brilliant time here, made possible by the frontier staff, the local people, other RA’s and the wonderful environment around camp.

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Posted: June 7, 2012
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By: PhilF
Age:
18

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