United Kingdom

Frontier

Spent the last month on a journalism placement with Coverstory Ltd as a Frontier volunteer - a completely unforgettable experience which I would definitely recommend.

PRE-PROJECT SUPPORT AND COORDINATION
Information and field brief ensured my project was exactly as detailed. However, the website could be improved for ease of access to get this information, and would like to have had access to the field brief sooner than a month before the project. Project blogs/videos very useful to give a clear idea of what to expect.

ACCOMODATION
The homestay with a Fijian family was exactly as expected, due to the helpful vlog tour which I had seen before arrival. Was a brilliant way to properly immerse myself in the culture, the family was incredibly welcoming. In addition, the food provided was both healthy and tasty - the living arrangements, while not overly luxurious, are comfortable and practical.

WORK
The staff were supportive, and willing to answer any questions. Felt my experience was worthwhile due to the range of work and responsibility on offer. Only negative would be the initial workload which meant I spent a couple of days without assignments. Though this was resolved by the third/fourth day, other volunteers expressed similar discontent so does depend on the time of month you arrive and how much is available.

OVERALL EXPERIENCE
Staff on project were amazing - very supportive, genuinely caring and willing to go above and beyond. Only other improvement would be that Frontier more actively encourages volunteers to spend time in their location when the project is finished - I didn't think of this, but would definitely have done it if advised!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: United Kingdom
Posted: Aug 9, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

The Intern Group

It was totally worth it - the six weeks I spent in London with The Intern Group has been an amazing experience. I was a university student at the time and I didn’t want to graduate without having any professional working experience or something nice to put on my CV. The Intern Group did it for me, they put me in a growing company in which I was able to hone my skills as a videographer. Everyone at the company was great and was very keen to show me new things, I was literally learning everyday. I even got to produce a video for the Westminster City Council that was broadcasted on the billboards in Picadilly Circus - ALL of the billboards, not just one!

I am also very grateful for the efforts TIG has put in to bring all the interns together. The complimentary excursions (London Eye, Theatre, High Tea) were very fun and I enjoyed them very much. There were also optional events that we could attend and I met a lot of amazing people that I still keep in touch today. TIG has a truly diverse community of people from different backgrounds. We organised several trips on our own, for example going to Bath and Pub Crawl in Camden, which was all very unforgettable. At last, we were all invited to a summer party, I forgot the name of the place but there were a lot of us :P. I is always great to connect with people who have also stepped outside of their comfort zone to be in the same shoes are you are. It really puts you into perspective and gain a new understanding of your own heritage in comparison to others in this vast, globalised world. 100% recommend!

Program:
Location: United Kingdom
Posted: Dec 16, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

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.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: United Kingdom
Posted: May 7, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Forum Nexus

I had a great time with Forum Nexus last summer. Learned a lot of things, made a lot of friends. Some of them turned to be extremely closed to me. It's a very cool way to learn about culture, business and team working skills. I highly recommend Forum Nexus for a summer. What's better than getting educated while traveling .

Program: Study Abroad
Location: United Kingdom
Posted: Apr 29, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Jungle Life in Costa Rica- One of the best experiences of my life, totally unforgettable!

This is the second project I have been on with Frontier and again it has been amazing. The support I received from the London head office before I left was great and the coordinator is lovely. She responded to all my questions promptly and with lots of detail to help me plan my trip and helped me to plan a smooth trip.
The project itself is amazing, it is really well organised and the staff are incredible, they are inspirational, knowledgeable and it is amazing to see people so dedicated to conservation, they have taught us all so much about ecology and conservation. This project has really clear aims and objectives and you can really understand why they are undertaking the studies and what positive impacts that they are aiming for with the wildlife and communities. The array of wildlife I have seen out here, both on surveys and just walking around is out of this world, there are monkeys everywhere, birds singing and flying around, lots of turtles that we get to study and help and so many mammals that they are studying as well.
The camp itself is lovely and there is such a friendly, communal feel and it feels like a big family. I have made friends for life here and will be so sad to leave. I only hope I can come back in a year or 2 to see what else they have achieved.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: United Kingdom
Posted: Nov 16, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Many thanks for your review, we're so glad you had such a good experience again.

Frontier

I only had a really small amount of time towards the end of my summer holidays and I really wanted to spend it abroad. I have been interested in journalism since I started University and I thought it would be a great opportunity to see another country and experience a new culture, whilst getting some valid work experience to help with my future career.
Although I was only in Fiji for 4 weeks, it was so amazing and I was not ready to leave at all. I have done SO much in my time here. Two days after I arrived I went to Koro island for a week with another journalism intern, so that we could write features on the island for Mai Life magazine, the magazine we were working for. I then went to Nadi to sky dive and go to the mud baths, also with Mai Life, and then I did a short 5 night island hopping trip, which was an amazing experience and well worth the money. Despite going island hopping off my own back, i was able to write three articles on activities I had done there.
On my final full day in Fiji I went Terratrekking, (off road driving), with Mai Life, and it was a great way to end my trip.
I really love Fiji, although it's a very different culture, and the food wasn't particularly great in my opinion, I have enjoyed every second. It has been such an brilliant experience living with a Fijian family, and although the conditions aren't at all what I am used to, it was a wonderful experience and one I would happily do again. Cold showers, sleeping with a mosquito net, and toilets that you can't flush toilet roll down, might seem like a huge adjustment at first, but it's been so good for me to experience a completely new way of living and has made me appreciate my home massively. The fijian family were amazing and so caring, I immediately felt like I was part of the family and it was so touching to have Master, the family's father, cry at my leaving ceremony. I know I will always have a home in Fiji.
The staff were also amazing and they really made my time here brilliant. They were always willing to get involved in what the other volunteers were doing and it was great to feel like you have people looking out for you and people who are there for you if you're ill, or need help with something.
Perhaps one of the most rewarding aspects of the trip is meeting other people. Travelling alone was daunting at first, but surrounded by other volunteers, I soon made new friends and it was great to go out together and spend time with new people.
Mai Life was a great placement as it was very flexible, I only really went into the office when I needed to finish and hand in articles. The editor, Naziah, is always open to your suggestions on what you want to do and write about, and I found I very much did what I wanted to do in Fiji, and then was able to write about it, which was great.
I had a great time and would 100% do it all over again!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: United Kingdom
Posted: Sep 23, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
8

Frontier

I have so far spent nearly three weeks in the jungle with the Frontier Costa Rica project and I am loving it! Everyday offers something new and exciting, getting to participate on a number of different surveys and projects. Every time you step out into the jungle there is something new to see from primates swinging to through the trees and micro frogs hopping around your feet. I have particularly enjoyed the turtle project, releasing the baby hatchlings is so rewarding. Camp living is basic but we are fortunate enough that we have some excellent cooks on camp so the food has always been good! Anyone that is missing home luxuries can easily pop into town at the weekends as its only a collectivo ride away. Staff and volunteers were friendly and attentive when I arrived and have really helped me to settle into this beautiful environment!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: United Kingdom
Posted: Jan 24, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

The Intern Group

The quality of internships that The Intern Group finds for interns is outstanding. They take the time give you the best internship that suits you!

In addition, the overall experience between housing, events, and assistance throughout your stay is wonderful. The staff is very friendly and willing to assist you with anything you need.

My advice to future interns: This is your experience - make it what you want! Don't be afraid to wander alone and meet locals. You are there to make connections and advance in your career so you need to take advantage of that!

A little more information prior to boarding the plane would improve the program. Everything felt a little up in the air. For me, it wasn't much of an issue...but to others who are a little younger and haven't been abroad before - this can make them a little anxious!

Program: Gap Year
Location: United Kingdom
Posted: Jan 19, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

The Intern Group

I researched online, having already applied to a few programs. But The Intern Group was the only company that really took time catering to what I wanted to do. They care about making your time and experience worthwhile.

I had a couple interviews with fashion labels and they ultimately let me decide which one I wanted to intern at. They want to give you a wonderful experience.

I have two meaningful souvenirs from my time in the UK: the friends I have made and the experience gained. I made lifetime friends in London and have had the opportunity to go back and visit many

It has been one of, if not the most, beautiful experiences of my life. Interning abroad teaches you so so much and you gain experience in your industry on a level unparalleled. You really develop your skills and learn from other cultures and peoples. It teaches you to communicate well, ask questions, develop your mind ,make mistakes and grow.

Be open minded. You are going to get lost, confused, and frustrated but that's ok! This experience changed the way I think and see the world entirely..... It's made me so hungry to see more of the world and encouraged me to do so. It has also influenced my decisions in every day life, making me a better person.

It's made me appreciate life and all of the beauty around us, everywhere. This experience gave me the opportunity to make connections on an international level and should a job opportunity pop up in the UK, there is no doubt in my mind at all that I would snap it up in a heart beat!

Program:
Location: United Kingdom
Posted: Dec 8, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

Alliance for African Women Initiative (AFAWI)

I was lucky enough to spend three months with AFAWI. The organisation is small yet effective and the team works relentlessly hard day in day out for the vulnerable demographic of Ghana.

At AFAWI, you very quickly feel at home and become a key player where your voice and ideas are heard and respected. I was able to organise my own schedule and meetings, liaising with all kinds of people across Accra. As well as learn about long-term structural processes in development work, I was able to witness the more immediate and tangible effects that AFAWIs work has on the people the NGO works for. The organisation fosters a culture of self-reflection and is constantly aware of the challenges and lessons within development work.

On a professional level, both the field and office work have been invaluable to me, and on a personal level I felt as though I have gained lifelong friends. I would recommend this NGO to anyone with an open mind who wants to work for a hands-on grass roots development organisation that is making a real difference to the people it serves.

Program:
Location: United Kingdom
Posted: Jul 31, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

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