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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 paid to volunteer on the Australian Wallaby Rescue project. It was horrendous. Horrible, aggressive and threatening company you get placed with. No animal hands on contact as promised - only picking up poo and cleaning feeding troughs. Left early because of behaviour of host 'family'. Complained to Frontier on return....said they'd look into it...they never did, chased them up until they started to just ignore me!Over 4 months later with any response followed their complaints procedure and contacted the managing director...who never even acknowledged my letter (but def received it - sent it recorded). Waste of money and time. Strongly recommende you look elsewhere for projects.

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Posted: May 10, 2010
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The incorporated body with whom we work in Australia is dedicated to the care, stabilisation and release of endangered species. We were certainly disappointed to receive your concerns following your departure after two days on the project, especially in light of the number of successful volunteer placements we have arranged at the project, both before and after your placement. Indeed, the most recent feedback received from this project attests to the project being "absolutely fantastic" and the hosts and staff being "lovely, very warm and welcoming". We do ask that our volunteers take the time to acclimatise and adjust to cultural differences when they arrive in any country, and the feedback process that we have in place enables volunteers to address any concerns they have during their placement directly to us so that they can be resolved with minimal disruption to the enjoyment of the work. At the time of your early departure after two days on the project, we were informed by your mother that it was because you were unwell and struggling with the climate conditions. We do all that we can to inform volunteers of the nature of the work on their chosen projects prior to any kind of commitment, with a dedicated recruitment team carrying out in-depth interviews to ensure that this is the case. It is often the case that a large proportion of sanctuary-type work will include habitat maintenance, food preparation and general maintenance work in line with project requirements. It is not, unfortunately, possible for a volunteer to immediately undertake direct, intimate, and physical contact with an endangered species with which they will more often than not have had limited or no experience. The animals in question are often wild, injured or rescued, and a significant understanding of the safety considerations, procedures and work programme is usually a prerequisite for the volunteer to engage in the hands on activities. Such understanding is usually acquired within a week or two of being on a project, after which our volunteers begin to derive great personal pleasure and experience of having been involved in such worthwhile work. It is for this reason, amongst others, that we often ask for a minimum commitment from our volunteers of four weeks, thereby enabling them to experience a range of work activities whilst on our projects. To reiterate, we were sorry to have received your complaint after two days on the project, during which you were unwell and unaccustomed to the climate. We certainly hope that you are able to take up a volunteer placement at a later date, and that you will find the complete experience to be more fulfilling and personally relevant.

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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