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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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Here in Madagascar I've been so privileged to be involved in Frontier's community projects in Hellville. I've spent most of my time in a local primary school giving English lessons and the occasional sports lesson. That we teach English here is such an amazing opportunity for the students to learn direct from native speakers, and it's literally Frontier that single-handedly provides this. School sports lessons here tend to be a low priority and are desperately in need of a little extra energy and enthusiasm, which it has been my pleasure to help to provide! Outside of school, Frontier runs a course of English lessons at a local 'youth club', for students of really any age to genuinely improve their life-prospects by improving their English. One of my favourite experiences here, though, has been visiting a local orphanage where a large number of the children are very sadly suffering from disabilities. We go there whenever we get a chance to provide fun and stimulating play opportunities to these extremely cute and extremely deserving children. Basically, Frontier community projects searches out the areas of need here in Hellville and the surrounding area and tries to help fill those gaps with young and enthusiastic volunteers who are so welcomed and appreciated by the local community for all that they give. Everyone here is so happy to see a blue t-shirt coming their way, and we're proud to wear them. Offering my time to the people here has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

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Posted: May 8, 2016
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By: cbeanie
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My experience on Nosy Be volunteering on the forest program with Frontier was amazing. The camp is in a picturesque location right on the beach and the social life is fantastic. Being so close to the Lokobe reserve provides a unique opportunity to observe many of the most incredible species Madagascar is famous for - chameleons, leaf-tailed geckos, day geckos, lemurs, Mantella frogs and fish eagles to name but a few. This program will provide a truly awesome experience for the wildlife lover to get close to these beautiful animals in the Madagascan rainforest while learning about important survey techniques.

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Posted: May 7, 2016
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I spent 6 months in Madagascar on the marine project and can honestly say it was one of the best times of my life. The diving was good, the project was fun, and the I meet many people I won't soon forget. Highlights include the social life on Fridays to wind down after a busy week and playing frisbee with the locals every week. Don't forget the other things to do around Nosy be like visiting the Marine Park Tanikely and swimming with whale sharks.

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Posted: May 7, 2016
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By: richard60
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Spending the last 6 weeks in Madagascar has been truly excellent. I am in my final year of medical school and went there to undertake my medical elective so I could experience healthcare outside of the NHS. The hospital itself where I was based was very basic but the work they did there was amazing – all the doctors and nurses were so skilled in what they did and within days they were getting me fully involved in treating the patients. I spent some of my time in A&E, dressing wounds, treating dehydration and complications of malaria. However, most of my time I spent in the maternity department, watching births and helping with vaccination clinics as well as antenatal checks. I felt so useful and the midwives were so lovely and friendly and really made me feel welcome in the hospital. I shall miss them a lot! Walking back from the hospital every day would take you through the outskirts of Hellville (the main town on Nosy Be island), past banana plantations, corrugated iron houses with children playing out front, through the port market with its array of beautifully smelling food (which I could never resist as my end of shift snack) and on into town (where avoiding the took tooks and zebu drawn carts was always an entertaining challenge)!
At the weekends and in the evenings I would spend time with the other volunteers who worked in the schools or who were involved in marine or forest conservation. Together we went exploring the island, seeing the beautiful beaches of Andilana, dancing our Saturdays away in the beach bars of Ambataloaka, snorkelling and seeing turtles around the island of Tanikely and frolicking in the cascades hidden away off the beaten track (just to name a few of our adventures). Between both the work side of the trip in the hospital and the exploring and hilarity I took part in with the other volunteers, I can honestly say it has been the trip of a lifetime.

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Posted: April 22, 2016
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I have been on the Costa Rican project for three weeks and found it incredible! Carate, the place where we were living, is absolutely amazing; it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been in my life. The staff was very sweet and always ready to help if necessary. They also gave lots of presentations during my time here and being on the surveys was always a lot of fun. I got along with all the other volunteers; we were all from different backgrounds, but during our time here, we became the best friends. Three weeks was not enough to explore this astonishing area full of wildlife and lovely people. I saw monkeys every day, woke up with the sounds of different bird species, searched for spiders, snakes and frogs during night walks, etc. I recommend everybody to come here and explore the real life by living in nature together with some lovely and very passionate people.

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Posted: April 21, 2016
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By: charlie
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