Frontier

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9 / 10 after 618 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings

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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DO NOT GO WITH FRONTIER! I just returned from teaching in Fiji and this program takes your money and does not give ANY to help those in need! Including the very poor school and home stay in Fiji! The living conditions are horrible and the professionalism and organization are awful! STAY AWAY AND GO WITH ANOTHER ORGANIZATION! I had an amazing experience with the people in Fiji but it had NOTHING to do with this organization! They honestly should be ashamed of themselves. Please look into where all your money is going before doing a study abroad program. Actually speak with people who are currently in the program. (Frontier would not give me any names and that was the first red flag) You are better off calling the local primary school (John Westley Primary in Suva) and they will provide a better homestay and a real Fijiian experience for you. Use the money that you would send to Frontier and put it toward the school! Tell them Miss Kelly sent you!

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Posted: April 8, 2016
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Support:
2
Value:
4
By: KellyL
Age:
40

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Dear Kelly Thank you for your feedback. Frontier has been working with this school for over 6 years. During this time Frontier has consistently provided funds to the schools we work with in the form of materials for the classroom and students and also in terms of making donations to longer term projects, which may not be seen by the individual volunteer who is here for a short time. We have an excellent relationship with the school that we work with and this relationship will continue for years to come for the benefit of the students. Frontier is a not for profit organisation and as such all funds are out back into the running of our projects and the organisation. There are many benefits to volunteering with an organisation such as Frontier, including pre-departure support, help choosing the right project, the experience with our Fijian family and dedicated support from our team in country. Regards, The Frontier Team

My Project was based in Tenerife and was for two weeks. The project was relativity new and so a lot of information was missing from the website that would have been very useful to know, such as: the location of the volunteer house (and the fact that you need sturdy shoes to leave the house due to the road conditions); the staff members there and details about the actually activities involved. The House was lovely and the staff were very helpful, friendly and lovely to work with; and the animals that we got to see were fantastic. The work on the boats was also very interesting to take part in and i definitely learnt a lot being out there; but it is probably worth mentioning that the work is on tourist boats, so there is a lot of communication with the public involved, but also that there is the chance you wont always get to be on boat if it is fully booked! I also found the medical kit to be extremely extensive and a waste of money; i only needed bandages! Other then this, the project however was very enjoyable; i learnt a lot with the help of the very dedicated and supportive staff and enjoyed being out on the boats and seeing the huge variety of wildlife. I would recommend this project to anyone, but you have to go in with an open mind as the project is still very new.

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Posted: April 7, 2016
Overall:
8
Support:
7
Value:
7
By: lauramary
Age:
22

I had a fantastic time on Frontier’s project in Belize. I quickly got used to the simple lifestyle and laid back attitudes of everyone on the island and really enjoyed learning so much about the marine environment. I loved being able to put this knowledge to good use when I was diving and snorkelling on the reef. I would definitely recommend this project to anyone who is thinking about it, I just wish I had been able to stay for longer than two weeks!

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Posted: April 4, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: manatee
Age:
25

I volunteered with the marine program in Madagascar for 6 weeks. My diving experience has been amazing. The aquatic life here is very unique and the dive sites are very beautiful. The diving has been the best part of my time in Madagascar. Be prepared for the absolute minimal accommodations. Bring enough money to buy extra food because it is rice and beans for every meal. For a program that was quite expensive I expected good structure and organization. Unfortunately the Frontier Madagascar project is very disorganized. Simple necessities are unthought of. For example some days the tanks are not filled so we can't dive. Or national holiday isn't taken into account and there isn't enough food for the week. Overall it has been a very unique experience, but I question where my money has gone. Would definitely reccomend traveling to Madagascar Nosy Be area though!

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Posted: April 3, 2016
Overall:
4
Support:
3
Value:
3
By: Mika9496
Age:
19

My four weeks on Costa Rica's big cat, turtle and primate conservation project were some of the best I've ever had. Mornings start at 4.30 with surveys, ranging from primate surveys to turtle partols to bird counts at the lagoon at sunrise. Days are filled with lounging in hammocks, reading books, identifying and researching some of the hundreds of animals found here, or eating surprisingly good food given the facilities (I always looked forward to the weekly pancakes). The amount of wildlife is incredible, and camp and the setting is beautiful - I left after 4 weeks with 1000 photos! I was also lucky enough to go to Corcovado National Park twice, once on a 3 day trek where I saw coatis, tamandua, tapir and sloth, and again to do a 3km Beach clean in which we collected 1628 pieces of rubbish - a very rewarding and fulfilling (and tiring!) experience. On the project, you definitely feel like everything you're doing, and the data you're collecting is making a difference, and I would reccommend it to anyone considering entering a conservation career or even anyone interested in wildlife and animals. All the staff and volunteers are friendly and welcoming, and with such a diverse range of people you're almost certain to learn something new every day. I'd go back there right now if I could!

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Posted: March 23, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
19

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