Gap Year

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Frogs! Turtles! Mammals! Fun! Food! The people, the wildlife, the general fact that this place is a magical haven!

The kit-list would have been better if it highlighted the importance/unimportance of certain items. Maybe it could be written by volunteers themselves. Also, maybe more training earlier in the project.

All staff were lovely, friendly, helpful, welcoming and smiley; as was everyone else! Camp is my favourite place in the whole world! Beds are good, food is amazing, what more could you want?

Program: Gap Year
Location: Central America
Posted: Nov 10, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

I had an amazing time and really enjoyed this project it was a culture shock when we first arrived however we were very well informed of what to do and where to go. On the first day everyone had a meeting by the second day we were out doing surveys. For me the most enjoyable part of the project was being away from society being in the jungle and doing the turtle nest survey. I recommend future volunteers make sure that they buy a good quality hammock to bring out with them as you are sleeping in it everyday. Make sure it's comfortable this is an essential item don't to save money on this item.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Central America
Posted: Nov 10, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

After several bus rides and a boat trip we arrived on the island of Omotepe. We stayed in the Hostel Magdalena which had beautiful views over the volcano and Lake Nicaragua. Whilst on Omotepe we visited the picturesque fresh water beach where we chilled out in the sun and went for a swim in the clear blue waters. We had lunch in a cosy beach side café and lazed around in hammocks for the rest of the day, enjoying the relaxing atmosphere. Our journey continued to the colonial town of Granada which had a bustling central square full of street sellers selling colourful jewellery and ornaments. We stayed in Hospedaje Central which had large comfortable dorms. Whilst in Granada we enjoyed a guided Kayak tour on the Laguna Apoyo, sightseeing round the town and enjoyed the traditional Nicaraguan dances and local music in the nearby bars. We then continued to Leon on the local ‘chicken bus’. We stayed in a fantastic hostel, called Bigfoot, which had a really relaxed atmosphere. We were lucky enough to get the opportunity to go volcano boarding, after a long and tiring trek to the top of the volcano dragging our boards up with us we were rewarded by breathtaking views. We all boarded down the volcano, which was very scary but exhilarating. Some of us were better at it than others and one or two of us had a couple of tumbles but it was all good fun.

The night life in Leon is fantastic with there being numerous bars to enjoy the party atmosphere in. We all danced the night away to lots of Spanish tunes before crawling back into our comfy beds at Bigfoot.

We then headed up into the hills of Miraflor for our conservation project. Over the next three weeks we visited three different locations - Centro de Gestion, Finca Esmeralda and Orro Verde. During this time, we did daily birding sessions for an hour every morning and evening. Amongst others, we sighted many grackles, hummingbirds, toucans, flycatchers and vultures. We also performed daily butterfly catching sessions to compare their relative abundance and distribution between the three different areas. Also, whilst in Miraflor, we enjoyed a day of horse ridding with a local guide. The trip was very enjoyable and we were each given a delightful placid horse and spent six hours in the saddle. We trekked through the dense picturesque Nicaraguan forest and splashed through rivers - we had a lovely day, although we ached a bit afterwards! In Miraflor we were lucky enough to be able to bathe in the beautiful crystal clear waterfalls. After the boiling hot trek to the waterfall it was so refreshing to cool off in the icy cold waters. At the last location, Orro Verde, we went on a guided tour of the communities organic coffee plantations, which was very interesting and gave us an insight into how the coffee plants are grown, whilst in the cloud forest, local families cooked for us. We enjoyed a combination of rice, potatoes, beans, eggs, plantain and tortillas for breakfast and tea. We were also taught by the local women how to make tortillas which was great fun although quite a long process. After recharging our batteries in Leon we travelled to Utila, which is one of the bay islands on the Caribbean.

Frontier voluntiers training for PADI Open Water certificationWhilst in Utila, we all decided to work for our PADI Open Water certificate. Obtaining the PADI qualification involved taking a written exam and completing lots of practical work under the water. Scuba diving was one of the best experiences ever and the feeling of being under water is like being in a whole different world. We were meters away from colourful fish, breathtaking coral and enormous sea turtles. We would all recommend the experience to everyone. The nightlife on Utila was almost as exciting as the diving and there was one particularly impressive bar called Treetanic which was built around a tree and had mosaic design inside it. It was beautiful!

We then travelled to the tranquil town of Copan where the cobbled streets and beautiful countryside made for a very relaxing couple of days. We also visited the Copan ruins and had a guided tour, which gave us an interesting insight into the Mayan culture and history. After our relaxing stay in Copan we headed for the bustling town of Antigua. We spent all day looking around the exciting street stalls and buying unique gifts for friends and family. We than caught a boat across Lago Atitlan to San Pedro. We spent a cool three days there chilling out (or hotting up!) in thermal pools, kayaking on the beautiful lake and relaxing in the hippy hangouts. We then travelled through Coban to Semuc Champey. We visited the natural pools which were amazing - they were all connected by waterfalls and we spent hours relaxing in the sun by the clear waters. Finally, we went tubing, which was very exhilarating but got us soaking wet!

Program: Gap Year
Location: Central America
Posted: Oct 20, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Just reached Costa Rica with the trail, and looking forward to a month at the rainforest conservation camp. It's been a blast so far, visiting three different Mayan sites, in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. We've been diving, volcano boarding, trekking, tubing and lots more. I'm loving my group and the trail leader and wish it wouldn't end!

Program: Gap Year
Location: Central America
Posted: Oct 11, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

The project is excellently managed and when participating you can see the reasons for all the surveys you do. The staff work tirelessly to ensure you get the most out of the project.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Central America
Posted: Oct 10, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

I thoroughly enjoyed the Ethical Adventure Trail and am therefore pleased overall with my experience. The countries we visited, activities we did and the people we met were brilliant.

I could not fault the trail leader from start to finish. Her travelling experience and Spanish were indispensable. She was also friendly, fun and compassionate which I found to be essential when I was unwell. The trail would not have been the same without her!

Program: Gap Year
Location: Central America
Posted: Oct 10, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

I really enjoyed camp, the food and the relaxed lifestyle. The staff are great -
very friendly and helpful as are all the other volunteers. It has been great to mix with such a variety of different people.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Sep 22, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad is an amazing organization that has helped me achieve my goals, help others, make lifelong friends across the globe, and learn so many things. I was just getting ready to graduate high school and I knew I wanted to travel the world and help others while I am young and able. Projects Abroad made that possible with their Global Gap Year program, which took me to Ghana, South Africa, Peru, Nepal, and Thailand.

From the beginning, Claudia, a project coordinator at Projects Abroad, answered all my questions and provided me with all the information I needed to make the decision to go on the journey of a lifetime. The staff at Projects Abroad are friendly, knowledgeable, and dependable, at home and in country.

There are set projects in some countries and options in others, including; care, teaching, medicine, animal care, building, marine conservation, and others. We really got to experience and do so many incredible things. During the week we worked hard and on the weekends we had time to explore and reflect. Each country we volunteered in came with unique cultures and different volunteer opportunities. Yet the one thing they all had in common was great staff, amazing host families, and friendly people. I am so thankful for the opportunities Projects Abroad provided me with and if you are thinking of taking a gap year, Projects Abroad is the organization for you. You get to help others, see the world, and make lifelong friends. Seeing the smiles on others and the impact you can make, well, there is no better feeling in the world.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Worldwide
Posted: Aug 28, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

The Intern Group

Since the moment I applied to when I arrived everything has worked as It suppose and better, I mean in 2 weeks after I applied the Staff was telling me that there was a company that fit my interest very well, and in a few weeks later every detail was set up for me arriving here. The process is very easy to follow, and you feel you have someone to ask about any step you are doubtful to take.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Chile
Posted: Jul 29, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Go Abroad China (GAC) ***Warning Fake Reviews***

I lived in Beijing before for studying and always had this dream to come back and settle in the city, having a proper job and etc. I graduated this year and thought it would be the perfect timing to come back to China. But I didn’t know what to do or where to start… I was a bit lost and didn’t have anything actually planned.
When I found Go Abroad China on Google it immediately came across as a good opportunity for me and fit perfectly to my profile, so I applied online.
Finally, they got a placement for me after weeks of waiting.

I was enrolled to the company I interned. Yeah, I was really lucky! So I was really happy with the internship, with the tasks I had been given and with my marketing team.

So, after 4 months being a hard worker intern, they officially offered me the position of Marketing Assistant, extending it for another 6 months and it will be reviewed with a view to implementing a full-time contract. Couldn’t be happier!
If you have the same aspirations as me and if you are a hard worker, I highly recommend applying for Go Abroad China Internship program! There are no limits to the benefits that you could gain by making part of it.

Program: Gap Year
Location: China
Posted: Jul 11, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
7
Value:
8

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