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“Mafia Island Marine Conservation Project”

Written on: 28/07/2015 by kristoko (1 review written)

I recently completed a two week stay in Mafia Island, Tanzania working on a Marine Conservation Project. The lifestyle was very simple and easy to adapt to. We went out to do surveys about every day. First, we were trained on how to do the surveys, including several studies and quizzes on various marine life that we were surveying. As a dive instructor, I've done a fair bit of diving, but this project helped to open my eyes to a whole new way of viewing the underwater world. I found doing the… Read Full Review

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“Diving and science in Tanzania”

Written on: 26/07/2015 by TeodoraF (1 review written)

I came out to Tanzania not really knowing what to expect, but this place has completely fulfilled all of my expectations. Learning to dive and getting to PADI Advanced Open Water level in less than 2 weeks was simply stunning and learning all about the life in the reefs here was a natural addition. Getting to understand how to carry out a scientific survey and then completing around 20 of them really gives a purpose to your diving, which is always nice. Even though I was part of the marine… Read Full Review

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“Fiji Shark Conservation!”

Written on: 20/07/2015 by rubytuesday11 (1 review written)

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Fiji taking part in the Shark Conservation Programme. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect but everything has worked out really well! The camp is great and less basic than I thought it would be (although not on the beach which is what I, and other volunteers, had envisaged!). I have 2 days left on Beqa however wish I was staying longer! I would highly recommend anyone thinking of applying to the Shark/Marine project in Fiji to come for at least 1 month… Read Full Review

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“Fiji Marine Conservation”

Written on: 14/07/2015 by stevek1232 (1 review written)

Before coming to Fiji communication with London HQ was slightly challenging as responses were very slow. Some specifics were also sent rather late, and as i was already in New Zealand there was very little I could do to make adjustments. On arriving in Fiji the entire process of getting to Beqa Island was smoother and easier than i could have imagined thanks to her guidance. On arriving, whilst the camp was further from the beach than expected, I immediately felt welcome and everyone was very… Read Full Review

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“Its A Life Changing Experience!”

Written on: 13/07/2015 by adamharford999 (1 review written)

I have nothing but positive things to say about frontier and the project I have been on, from the absolutely amazing scuba diving, to the most friendly and welcoming people iv'e ever met. it was a big step me going away for as long as I have, and I was quite nervous how it was going to go, but I soon forget I ever had that thought it my head. Its also very rewarding, the teaching at the schools, helping the local community in ways to improve, and it teaches you the difference between what you… Read Full Review

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“fantastic life expirience”

Written on: 04/07/2015 by paulzog233432333 (1 review written)

the project with Frontier was fantastic. you learn so much while having great fun. the staff and people on the projects and awesome and they give top quality training and help amplify your experience making it one of the most memorable of your life. my experience was outstanding made so by frontier… Read Full Review

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“Costa Rica, big cats turtles and primates ”

Written on: 08/06/2015 by Nataliajulia (1 review written)

My experience with Frontier started off as an RA in Madagascar last year - from the moment I returned i applied for a job with this amazing company, and was lucky enough to become conservation apprentice in the Costa Rican Big Cats, Turtles and Primates project, set within the prehistorically beautiful Osa Peninsula. Costa Rica itself has the highest biodiversity of wildlife on the planet, and being out here every day I am lucky to see some incredible species; from the rainbow plumage of… Read Full Review

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“Puraaa vida people!!! ”

Written on: 06/06/2015 by rcurran92 (1 review written)

My experience with frontier has been nothing but positive. I first started volunteering with them in 2014 in Madagascar, which then gave me the idea to join the big cats, turtles and primates program here in Costa Rica. Although the camp is small, it is equipped with everything you need and anything otherwise is only a collectivo ride away into town. Since arrival the staff and volunteers on camp have gone out of their way to ensure not just me but everyone has the best experience possible… Read Full Review

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“Amazing month in Madagascar”

Written on: 19/05/2015 by Sophiie1993 (1 review written)

I spent 4 weeks on the Wildlife Conservation Adventure in Madagascar with Frontier and enjoyed every minute. The programme was really well organised with really helpful pre-departure advise and in country staff who really knew what they were doing. It was a great opportunity to get some experience in the world of conservation and to do it somewhere like Madagascar was incredible. The accommodation was basic but comfortable and you have everything you need. The camp is in a beautiful setting… Read Full Review

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“Best 10 weeks ever”

Written on: 18/05/2015 by CraigG89 (1 review written)

Arriving at camp I was very anxious , made worse by my bag still being in Madrid but the staff and volunteers there changed that instantly . Making sure I had everything I needed while I'm waiting for my bag and making me feel very welcome . After two weeks camp felt like home and all the people like family couldn't ask for anymore . By my 5th week i was in love with the country,wildlife,work and people , and already started planning my return so decided to do a BTEC certificate in hope that it… Read Full Review

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“Great experience, Better organisation!!”

Written on: 13/05/2015 by Teagan478 (1 review written)

I have had a fantastic time n Fiji but this has been because of the people and the country. When i arrived in fiji i was told that i was staying in suva for my first week which i had not expected neither had the other people who arrived at the same time as me. This was apparently because there had been a staff change over on Beqa, again we had not been told. As it was i was glad that i got to experience a different part of fiji, i just hadn't budgeted for it straight away. When we got to Beqa… Read Full Review

Frontier Coordinator's Comment

Written on: 21/05/2015

Thank you for your review. We apologise that you were in Suva for the first week, this was an unexpected last minute change. We heard that your experience in Suva was fantastic, which we are very please about. If we do have to make last minute changes we will ensure you still receive a fantastic experience and we heard from our staff and from your review that this was the case.

We welcome your comments about the organisation, this was due to a staffing change over and we now have a full week plan in place that is up on our board for all staff and volunteers to see, the new rules to better organise the camp have been well received and are ensuring the smooth and effective running of our project.

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“Fiji Time on Beqa”

Written on: 02/05/2015 by giBarr467 (1 review written)

My time on Beqa doing the Marine Conservation project was so much fun, i learnt so many new skills, such as; becoming and Advanced open water diver, how to conduct BSP surveys of the surrounding waters as well as many basic survival skills. The camp itself was very basic, which i expected, however there were a few concerns with the amount of rats in the kitchen and hornets flying around the place. However we got on with our daily tasks still. I think the rota worked well each day, as people… Read Full Review

Frontier Coordinator's Comment

Written on: 21/05/2015

Thank you for your review and your positive comments of our programme. You will be happy to hear that we have a lovely little village cat who has come in and got rid of al of our rats and she is much loved by all of our volunteers. We have also managed to knock down the hornet nests. We were aware of the age of some of the dive kit and have since replaced quite a bit of our kit, so we now have a lot of new dive kit on camp for the volunteers to use. Thank you again for your review.

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“Experience of a life time!”

Written on: 24/04/2015 by eco22 (1 review written)

Having spent the last couple of months on this project I can honestly say it has been one of the best and most rewarding experiences of my life. The location of the project is fantastic, a remote Fijian Island covered in rainforest and surrounded by beautiful beaches and mangrove forests, the chance to mix with the locals and get a real feel for Fijian culture. The camp life is basic but is a welcome relief from city life and is what traveling and project work like this is all about. Getting to… Read Full Review

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“Get what you pay for”

Written on: 18/04/2015

I took part in the Frontier Fiji marine project recently. Overall, my experience was amazing! The in-country staff were all so helpful and welcoming. They were also very accommodating when organising events and outings (we asked for), other than the set project acitvities. The camp was well run and well described ahead of time so there were no nasty surprises. All amenities were basic but all you needed (e.g. outdoor toilet and shower). Living space was plentiful and mattress rental was… Read Full Review

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“I have just took part in a 12 week volunteer programme...”

Written on: 17/04/2015 by Boyle1968 (1 review written)

I have just took part in a 12 week volunteer programme on Beqa Island in Fiji. Let me just say I loved living the Beqa experience. In country feed-back: Basic life style is right up my alley. I loved that we dived on average 4-5 times a week (weather permitting). I was really impressed with my Dive Instructor. He made me feel very comfortable and confident in the water. He also trained me really well and had me survey ready in no time. Camp facilities were fine. Basic lifestyle. It also… Read Full Review

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“Fiji Teaching Project”

Written on: 16/04/2015

Overall this project was great. The other volunteers were fantastic, the staff and children at my school were amazing. My coordinator ensured I was working in a class with older children since I would be going on to teach at a secondary school when I returned to the UK, which was lovely. There were however some issues. There were some ongoing issues with members of staff which created a bit of tension. Our coordinator did not appear to enjoy being in Fiji or working for Frontier. Moreover… Read Full Review

Frontier Coordinator's Comment

Written on: 23/04/2015

Hi Clementine,

Thanks for your review and feedback of the project. It’s great to hear that you enjoyed your time in Fiji, it sounds like you gained a lot of practical experience, and the fact that the school were able to accommodate your interests must have made your project even more valuable.

In response to your comments about the project coordinator, during the first stages of your project we were in a period of transition. We always strive to hire skilled, dedicated and enthusiastic field staff to move our projects forward, and it is regrettable that you feel that way. As I am sure you are aware, we have recently had many new staff join our Fiji projects who have already made an overwhelmingly positive impression on all of our Fiji-based projects.

With regards to visas, this information is available in the project Field Brief. Given the recent changes to the visa process, of which new requirements can be introduced quite unexpectedly, we have been working closely with our field staff on developing this information further. As soon as we are made aware of any changes we endeavour to update the information for all new volunteers.

We try to be as helpful as it is in our power to be in the question of visas and all such advice and guidance is given in the utmost good faith. As you know a member of staff from our London Head Office is currently based in Fiji. We communicate with all our field staff and are kept up to date with everything that is happening on our projects on a daily basis.

Thank you again for taking the time to submit your review, we take all feedback very seriously, whatever its nature to help us improve our projects at all levels. We are pleased that you enjoyed your experience in Fiji and wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

All the best,

The Frontier Team

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“Fun in the Jungle!”

Written on: 13/04/2015 by georgese3LON (1 review written)

Spending time in the jungle in Costa Rica is one of the best experiences I have ever had! I have learned so much from my time here, from things as simple as how to set up a hammock and how to cook bread without an oven, to in-depth animal info like how to tell apart Puma tracks from Ocelot tracks. The camp is a really chilled out place, and staff and the other volunteers made me feel at home right away. I've made some great friends and had some unforgettable experiences and I am looking forward… Read Full Review

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“Frontier Journalism Project”

Written on: 13/04/2015 by emilyhillman (2 reviews written)

My 4 weeks in Fiji have been so much fun. The people have definitely been the highlight - I've met so many lovely people, from the other volunteers to the Fijian family I stayed with. The family were amazing and took me in as one of their own, always making sure I ate plenty and telling me to treat the house as though it was my own. I worked with Mai Life magazine which was great as they gave me the opportunity to write loads of articles, published a blog on their website and even got sent on… Read Full Review

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“Frontier Journalism Project”

Written on: 13/04/2015 by emilyhillman (2 reviews written)

My 4 weeks in Fiji have been so much fun. The people have definitely been the highlight - I've met so many lovely people, from the other volunteers to the Fijian family I stayed with. The family were amazing and took me in as one of their own, always making sure I ate plenty and telling me to treat the house as though it was my own. I worked with Mai Life magazine which was great as they gave me the opportunity to write loads of articles, published a blog on their website and even got sent on… Read Full Review

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“Cloud 9 Living”

Written on: 13/04/2015 by Gillespie144 (1 review written)

I couldn't have imagined a better setting for the past three months. Living in Fiji with the constant smiles and "bula's" that fill every moment is only one of the things that I have fallen in love with. Frontier puts volunteers in a place where they can truly feel like they have a home outside of their home, and honestly know what it would be like to live in Fiji. I've certainly realized that I don't need as many things as I used to and I have been able to now prioritize the things in my life… Read Full Review

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