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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 just returned from frontiers big cats, primates and sea turtles project, to put it bluntly the experience has been extraordinary! I went with hopes of improving and leaning new skills, meeting friendly, similar minded people and having an overall enjoyable time, safe to say my hopes where fulfilled and then some. I felt the project was run superbly and the staff were incredibly supportive even when it came to factors not related to the project, such as giving me advice about writing my personal statement when applying for university. Despite being there for 20 weeks, I left with regret that I couldn't of stayed longer and have been making plans to meet up with the various friends I have met when back home. The Gorgeous location and amazing wildlife combined with the superb staff and project have made this an experience I will be boasting about for the rest of my life.

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Posted: March 19, 2016
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10
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10
Value:
10
Age:
20

I have just returned from the Costa Rican jungle where I spent 6 weeks on Frontier's Big cats, Primates and Turtles project. This experience is something that I would recommend to anyone with a science background or a passion for animals. Everything I did on camp was well organised and managed. I was given vital presentations, to inform me about species I would encounter frequently during my time, participated daily on biodiversity surveys, to collect data for conservation, and researched species each week, for an ecotourism book that the camp is putting together. On top of all of this, in my free time I was able to converse with the locals, to practise my Spanish, give Spanish lessons to other campmates, give English lessons to the daughter of the landlady or simply relax in a hammock with a good book. I particularly enjoyed the variety of surveys and activities including the Corcovado beach clean, as I really felt that our efforts had made a substantial difference. I was lucky, in that my birthday coincided with my time in Costa Rica. I was really happy and surprised with the effort that campmates and staff made to make my day really special. They even baked me a chocolate cake, which is a particular task on camp without an oven. Unfortunately, nearing the end of my time on camp I got sick, but the staff where very helpful, taking me to the doctor and helping me translate what the doctor had advised. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Costa Rica. I know that I have come home with some amazing new memories and some fantastic friends who I hope to stay in touch with for a long time. See you all in the summer for the reunion!

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Posted: March 11, 2016
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10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: amandamay
Age:
19

I recently took part in the six week Central America trail and I'm now spending 4 weeks in a Frontier animal conservation camp in the Costa Rican jungle. The trail itself was probably the best traveling experience I have ever had! In terms of the amount of activities, sites and traveling we did- you never had a moment to be bored. Everyday was different and we were always looking forward to the next thing. I think that was probably what made it so enjoyable for me, the fact that we did such a wide range of things; including, cave exploring with candles, volcano boarding, boat to urs, kayaking, river rafting, surfing, volcano climbing and so much more! One of our most incredible ventures was visiting the Tikal Mayan temples before dawn, in time to watch the sunrise from the top of a temple! I think all of us are yet to still get over the immensity of the moment! It was also so much fun becoming part of such a close knit group and sharing the once in a life time experiences, including our trail leader we made a group of six and got to know each other so well.. The good and the bad! Definitely made friends for life that I would never of met otherwise, that also have a love for traveling! All in all I have no regrets and can only fully recommend going traveling with Frontier, as you will not be disappointed. Not just that, but if you have the chance I truly recommend you volunteer on one of Frontiers camps, as not only is it an amazing additional experience, but it's also humbling to see where your money is going and what you are helping Frontier to achieve. I hope this helps anyone that is undecided in joining frontier to explore the world!

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Posted: February 25, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
8
Value:
8
Age:
18

I went out to Costa Rica for 3 weeks to join Frontier on their Big cats, primates and turtle project. They had just moved to a new camp and when i arrived they were just starting out.

Our main focus for the trip was to conduct a number of different surveys recording birds, primates, tracks and turtles. These took place in the form of point counts at the lagoon with our binoculars to spot different species of birds, walking the beaches at night and in the morning to find turtle tracks and nests, going on night walks at the back of camp to have a look at the different species that come out at night, walking on different trails to count primates and find tracks and also doing work for the local people in some of our spare time. Spanish class was also worked into our itinerary which was always interesting! if you are going to go there i would recommend just learning basic Spanish. We also spent a couple of hours researching different species that we were given to look out, in order to eventually create species information sheets that can be put up on trails for tourists.

Camp life was fairly basic, we slept in bunk beds in a large tent with a few hammocks available to chill out in, a small kitchen and a nice sitting area. The locals around Carate and in the local town puerto Jimenez, were so friendly and immediately I felt welcomed to Costa Rica. The people were always smiling and always greeted us. All of the staff and other volunteers were all really friendly and helped me get settled quickly. They made me feel like part of the team, answered any questions I had and got me started on the project immediately. By the end of my time in Costa Rica, I felt as though I became part of the family on camp.

I saw lots of different wildlife whilst in Costa Rica, just to a name a few, I saw a Baird’s Tapir, a Fer De Lance snake, several different types of birds including a Great Egret and a number of Roseate Spoonbills. I also saw lots of different species of spider including lots of Golden Orb Weaver Spiders, and a few species of frog - my favourite being the Poison Dart Frog. I cannot name everything I saw as there was so many different things that were all so incredible.

Going out to Costa Rica, I hoped to gain experience in the field for September which I feel as though I have. Other than that, I didn’t really have anything in mind because I was just trying to do something different, but I feel as though I have learnt so much information about the project, about some of the species on the Osa Peninsula but I think the best thing I have learnt, is how to be more independent.

If you get a chance to do something like this, if you are on a gap year, or looking to do something different and you are interested in conservation then I would definitely recommend doing this project. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me! Even if this particular project doesn’t sound like something you would be interested in, frontier have lots of different projects that might be perfect for you!

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Posted: February 23, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: milliee
Age:
18

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Thanks for your feedback - we're so glad you had such a rewarding time on the project.

What ever somebody's field, interest or knowledge, this project brings interest and charm. With no particular knowledge of conservation, I am leaving my month here with a new found love and passion for nature and science. This is not all I am leaving with. Spending a month in the Jungle with a wide demography of strangers has been an experience to remember and I will recommend it to anyone. The project itself is so well organised while maintaining the perfect balance of being relaxed and welcoming, and a great opportunity to pick up new skills. I came here to complete my CoPE qualification and the support I received was spot on. Fell in love with camp life, with the routine and extra activities like cooking. It is a great feeling to know a month has been spent worth while and something that will benefit my future also.

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Posted: February 20, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
8
Age:
23

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Thanks for your review, and congrats on your qualification!

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