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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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Arriving in Madagascar 5 months ago I had no idea what to expect - I'd never been to a third world country before and was wary of living on a camp with a group of people I'd never met. These fears were soon abolished when I was greeted by friendly, enthusiastic staff and volunteers who soon became my close friends. We spent the first few days discovering the wonders of the forest and the sea, being guided around the six study areas of the forest and on a snorkel to the fabulous reef just a hundred yards from our beach. I've been lucky enough to come within feet of lemurs, geckos, chameleons, turtles, tropical reef fish amongst others. I love that camp is based within a typical Malagasy village and it gives us great opportunity to mingle with the locals. Not only has this been a great experience visiting a place entirely different from home, but knowing that our conservation efforts are making a contribution has given me a great feeling of self worth. I'm eager for the next set of wonders I'm yet to discover!

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Posted: May 31, 2012
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By: StaxDabs
Age:
22

Bula Bula Vinaka!

My deployment to the Island of Gau, Fiji, started off with a 25 minute rickety old 10 seater propeller powered plane journey over a small section of the beautiful reef covered Pacific Ocean. As the plane was only about 3000ft into the sky the view was stunning over the clear blue ocean. Once I landed I had another 1 hour very wet but very fun boat ride to the camp site of Frontier's Fiji Marine Conservation and Diving project, tucked away on a hill in the Fijian rain forest. It was my week off to visit the new camp site, get some feedback from the RA's and staff on their new experience, and have a bit of time off from my busy schedule back in Suva - the capital city where I manage 4 voluntary community projects as part of the Frontier Fiji experience. The week I was there flew by, but I squeezed in a lot. If I were to write my day to day schedule we would be here forever so here is a quick overview of one of the most incredible weeks I have ever experienced; trekking through the rain forest on the hunt for coconuts and land crabs, sleeping in a bamboo hut, drinking too much Kava with the islanders, snorkeling and diving with reef sharks manta rays puffer fish sea cucumber and turtles, eating paw paws and giant avocado's, a bonfire on the beach, rum on the beach, bread making - and eating, sunsets from the wharf, an abundance of coconuts milk, visiting church eating a Fijian feast and generally chilling with the local village islanders who are so wonderfully kind and hospitable.
The best thing about this project is the new location. Volunteers get to dive and research into unknown territory and get to stamp their own mark on the area. The first phase of volunteers to provide survey results for this area have already discovered some 'sweet' dive sites, taking it upon themselves to creative some quirky names for a few of them already.
I myself, already being a member of staff, mostly enjoyed visiting the local village and generally hanging out with the islanders. I have done a fair amount of travelling/living/working in developing countries over the last 4 years and I can honestly say that Fijians have the most amazing community spirit, the biggest of smiles and are the most hospitable people I have ever met.

I fully recommend a visit to Fiji, and I highly recommend signing up to one of the Frontier Fiji voluntary projects for an unforgettable inspiring coconut fueled gap year experience. If you choose to live on an island for 10 weeks I would suggest taking a large supply of food spices, vitamin supplements, peanut butter, tea bags and never forgetting sun cream!

I can't wait for another visit later in the year to see how things have progressed!

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Posted: May 31, 2012
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10
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10
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10
By: HopeN2012
Age:
24

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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10
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10
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10
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
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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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8
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8
Age:
22

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