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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 been on the Frontier Madagascar Marine program for over 8 months now, and have still got 4 months left, which still isn't long enough! I'm the principle investigator out here at the moment, and having the chance to come out here to do some real life scientific field research is amazing, a great experience which will definitely help me out with my career in the future!
The life style out here is lovely, living on a beautiful beach, watching stunning sunsets and star gazing at night! The diving that we do out here is the best I've ever done, there's just so much to see on every dive, and new things are always popping up! All the staff and volunteers we get out here are so friendly and looking for a true experience of Madagascar, and I think we do pretty well, with perfect dive sites filled with thousands of fish, turtles, rays and dolphins, to gorgeous rain forests right on our doorstep with lemurs all over the place and chameleons that will climb all over you!
I am really enjoying my time out here, and can't believe how fast its all gone, I love that we have been able to get involved with the local village, and get a real experience of life out here, helping with the beach clean ups, environmental education days, and the beach parties! Just make sure to bring some extra sweets, and chocolate that doesn't melt too much - minstrels and M&Ms are always a winner! So if you're wanting a great time, and not sure where to go, come to Madagascar!!!

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Posted: May 27, 2012
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By: Scuba-Jim
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Elofte maak skuld! Promises are binding – and the promise I made to go back will not be broken...

How can I sum it up? An experience of a lifetime. I found it intense - for a lot of the time I was exhausted but I had an unforgettable time. I went on the South Africa Wildlife project – we were working on a basic game reserve for 4 weeks –we also ventured out on a few trips which was good, but the best bit was spending time working around the animals. The staff were smiley and thoughtful as well and although they all had jobs to do they were very helpful with me and the other volunteers . We also had some really nice facilities like tennis court and pool tables and the food was great :)

My highlight was probably spending time with the elephants and trying to feed them but also being close to lion cubs was fantastic. One thing though I wasn’t quite prepared for was the heat – really, really hot and I spent quite a lot of time just trying to stay out of the sun. I think I would of liked it combined with a community project as well though - I know a few people who did that as well so that was a shame.

But I recommend it completely – if you love wildlife and animals like me it's an amazing experience!

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Posted: November 8, 2011
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By: BlueOddie
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22

I had an amazing time on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica - it's an unbelievable place with SO MUCH wildlife...

I was little bit unsure of what to expect when I arrived and I was knackered after the long journey but the camp was in an amazing location about 5 minutes from a stunning beach. I saw turtles and humpback whales in the ocean and lots and lots of monkeys - they are everywhere! One of the highlights of the trip was riding a horse on the beach in the forest one morning with a few of the other volunteers - I don’t usually like horses but I had to do it.

The food was basic but I am actually missing it now - rice and beeeans (Gallo Pinto!). The people are also so nice, always smiling and friendly.

It was an amazing opportunity and I will never forget it!!

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Posted: August 15, 2011
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By: JonU
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hi, going on this trip this summer, just a few questions. what did a normal day on camp look like? how many volunteers? average age of volunteers? how did you get from the airport to the camp? thx.

I have been with frontier and I can simply say, they are very professional indeed - at scamming innocent students from money that is!! Especially for first time volunteers, traveling abroad to developing countries is always scary. And thats where frontier come in - they target the innocence of young travelers by make it seem \'safe\' to travel with them. But in actual fact, they make no difference and just take money from you!! They are like the \'middle men\' linking you to grass root organisations - whether your trip is good or bad, depends on what organisation they send you to - which frontier don\'t tell you much (real) things about them until the very end - which isn\'t much anyway! They call themselves \'non-profit\' but this is far from the truth! Check this out:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/article-1205226/Not-profit-gap-year-fir...

Or simply search for more \'frontier volunteer reviews\' <-- I guess they use the name \'frontier\' because it makes it harder for us to search for reviews since its such a common name for other companies!

I\'d recommend you try to find direct contact with grass root organisations instead of going through any \'safe\' \'middle-men\' - that way, your money goes direct to what your wanting to volunteer, you talk directly to people you will be staying with, and you won\'t need to be scammed!

Try: http://www.truetravellers.org/ for example - the site has links to direct grass root organisations - and don\'t charge you any fees to talk to them - you pay the organisations directly! Although always check with reviews from other websites too.

Summary - NEVER go with \'Frontier\' - they\'re trading them is: \'Society for Environmental Exploration\' bet you didn\'t know that!

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Posted: May 31, 2011
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By: htc
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Hi HTC - I'm a journalist (and former Frontier volunteer myself!) and very interested in your views... Are you based in the UK? Might you have a minute to email me on pjacks@ttgdigital.com to help me with a piece I'm working on? I work for a travel trade magazine (ttgdigital.com)

because they just don\'t care.

I would like at this point to stress that the project was a huge success, due to the host family and the local company which frontier sub-let out to do everything, whilst they happily reap more than half the money which they claim is spent on their support centre which i didn\'t use once. The village, hospital, family are just lovely.

To summarise i perceive Frontier as an uncaring and psuedo-ethical company and wouldn\'t recommend it to my worst enemy. Anyone who wants to do this project for half the price contact TheGreenLion in Nepal who offer it for 500 euros, or make friends with PHCRC Chapagaun Nepal on facebook who may organise it with you directly for even cheaper,cut out the greedy middle men, England doesn\'t need the money- nepal does! If you\'re doing a different project, my advice is to find a local company based in the country you\'re going to, bypassing frontier who stash away too much of your hard earned money.

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Posted: March 26, 2011
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