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“A Mixed Bag...”

Written on: 14/10/2014 by ClaireBrewin (1 review written)

I spent four weeks on the Teaching and Beaches project on Mafia Island. I had an incredible time and didn't want to leave! The people you meet, both the other volunteers and the locals are amazing and you'll have a great time socialising. My main complaint is that I don't really see where my £895 has gone to, despite Frontier claiming they're a non-profit organisation. The Marine Park charges $20 a night for anyone staying in the area, and of course there are staff and food costs. However… Read Full Review

Frontier Coordinator's Response to ClaireBrewin's Review

Written on: 17/10/2014

Hi,
Thank you for your review and it is great to see that you had an incredible time and did not want to leave!
It is fantastic to know that you enjoyed your teaching placement; the extra support you gave to the students such was incredibly valuable and greatly appreciated. As well as being appreciated by the local community, it sounds like the challenges that you faced must have been quite self-rewarding. Especially your tuition with Julius was incredibly beneficial and appreciated by him!
I’m sorry that you felt that there was not enough teaching compared to what is advertised. The fact is that you did sign up during September, which is during the school holidays and these are clearly advertised on our website. In response to this we did organise extra activities such as lessons with the lodges and the wider community, of which you got involved in, as well as planning our Environmental Awareness Day.
In response to your wider questions about funds, whilst camp is basic and the food is a typical East African diet, this is all made very clear beforehand. Frontier is a not-for-profit organisation and some of the costs might not seem immediately obvious, such as the pre-departure support, marketing etc.
In fact we aim to be extremely transparent in the matter of where our volunteers’ money goes. There is a page on our website dealing specifically with your question.

The resulting profit that Frontier does make is then re-invested back into Frontier to support our scientific research and development conservation projects in Madagascar, Fiji, Costa Rica, Tanzania, Cambodia, Greece and Belize, something which Frontier has quietly and successfully been doing for the last 25 years.

I am afraid that I just cannot agree with your comment about the local staff. We are extremely close to our staff here in Mafia and they are vital to the running of our projects and are paid the going rate in Tanzania for the respective work that they do. In fact, Mussa our Boat Captain and Rozi, our cook have both been working with us for 22 years and 9 years respectively, and are two of our longest serving staff members across the organisation, worldwide.

Again, I’m glad that you enjoyed your experience with us in Tanzania! I hope that my responses have been useful in order to clarify some things.
Regards,
Frontier Tanzania

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Clairebrewin's reply to Frontier Coordinator's Comment

Written on: 20/10/2014

Thanks for your reply. Although it was the school holidays, to begin with, I still felt there was less teaching than what was advertised on the website. However, this seems to have now been updated and staff member, Catie did a good job to ensure we had plenty to do, arranging extra lessons at Big Blu diving centre etc.
I actually thought the food was very good, this was not a problem for me at all, it was just an additional thing regarding costs, but thank you for clearing that up.
In terms of local staff pay, the only thing that I am confused/don't agree with is that the Ramma, the boatman/teaching assistant is paid 20% less than the other staff, despite the fact he seemed to do an awful lot more than them. Perhaps there is an unknown reason for this?
My comment about their treatment was purely what I was informed on. I must admit that what I witnessed seemed to be mostly okay and there was a clear friendship with many staff members. Perhaps this was a misunderstanding, but maybe it is worth consulting them to make sure they are happy/whether they do have any concerns.
Again, thanks for providing me with four weeks I will remember for a lifetime!

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“The good and the bad BELIZE”

Written on: 03/09/2014 by franciscoT (1 review written)

I was in Belize, Caye Caulker for whole month (August) with Frontier. First I have to say I loved my time there, that the lovely and extremely competent Frontier coordinators and the people who we were working there made the trip worthwhile, (the best trip of my life actually) including the people from the Fisheries Department, FAMRACC (who were both incridible) and Frenchies diving center although I had some horrible first days at camp because of the sandflies (that kind of ruined a bit the… Read Full Review

Frontier Coordinator's Response to franciscoT's Review

Written on: 10/09/2014

Hi Francisco, it is fantastic that you had such an enjoyable and worthwhile placement at our Belize Marine Conservation project. We are certainly proud of the progress our staff and volunteers such as yourself have been making so far. We are sorry that you feel that certain aspects of the trip did not meet your expectations. Frontier aims to provide comprehensive and friendly pre-departure support to all our volunteers. We do our utmost to ensure that volunteers choose the most suitable project for their interests and strive to assist them in all aspects of their preparations. As is customary with our high level of service, we discussed the project details and conditions extensively with you and your family prior to signing up, both over the phone and through our website, and assisted in every way possible, and to the best of our knowledge, with questions concerning flights, medical forms and your online area. I hope you overall enjoyed your time with us, which it certainly sounds like you have, and we wish you the best in the future. Regards, the Frontier team.

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“Six Weeks in Paradise”

Written on: 31/07/2014 by ga4567 (1 review written)

I've recently returned from a six week teaching project on the beautiful Mafia Island, Tanzania. To be able to spend six weeks in paradise and help out the local community through teaching English is a fantastic combination. One of the best things about this project was the amazing group of people I met on camp. Living in such a close environment you become very close with your camp mates very quickly and become a community. My time in Tanzania was spent teaching the local primary children… Read Full Review

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“Teaching in Hell-Ville”

Written on: 02/06/2014 by JazDamen (1 review written)

I arrived in Hell-Ville at the start of May to teach English to the local school children at L’École des Frères. On the first day, I was introduced to the town of Hell-Ville and the local shops and markets that I would become familiar with over the month that I’m here. In the evening, I attended my first adult education class which is held at the local youth club. This group is very enthusiastic and keen to communicate in English which proves for a lot of laughs from everyone. The next… Read Full Review

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“Sports coaching in Madagaascar”

Written on: 19/05/2014 by JaysonDillon175 (1 review written)

I arrived in Madagascar on the 28th of April the day after the Easter holidays and I’ve been doing the sports coaching project at our partnership school called “l’école des frères”.”. The main sport I’ve been teaching them is basketball which the kids really enjoy playing. The only challenging thing is that you get classes from 60 to 120 students but they are all very well behaved, patient, and enthusiastic to learn. One of the funniest moments of teaching them is making them do… Read Full Review

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“My experience with Frontier - Madagascar 2014”

Written on: 10/03/2014 by RiaB (1 review written)

I spent 10 weeks volunteering with Frontier in Madagascar participating in the Beach Conservation Project. The staff were fantastic, the camp was hygienic,the other volunteers were all incredibly friendly,and the food was better than I had expected. Overall, it was an amazing experience and I would thoroughly recommend Frontier. The only issue I had was that the information provided on the website was extremely vague in my opinion, however after emailing the project co-ordinator and project… Read Full Review

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“The island of happiness ”

Written on: 24/02/2014 by Timshel (1 review written)

Hello there, it is my last hour here in Nosy Be, Madagascar. I have spent four unforgettable weeks of teaching , exploring , enjoying life Four weeks of smiling , waving and greeting the Malagasy kids. These small creatures could fill you up with happiness. So , coming to the island you will eat delicious food, dance who cho cho (a typical Malagasy dance), sunbathe, drink the best cocktails, swim, see a whale (eventually) , see lots of geckos (they are everywhere) , walk bare foot (ohh God , I… Read Full Review

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“Amazing experience with a lifetime of memories”

Written on: 16/01/2014 by MissUniverse13 (1 review written)

This was an absolutely amazing trip. I felt looked after from airport till the end of the trip. Not only were my needs kept in mind, but my parents were also travelling with me and so I was helped to find accommodation and travelling facilities. The host family was very friendly and very accommodating. They were very experienced in looking after volunteers. Even though there weren't many volunteers at the time I went, I did make some really good friend in the other volunteer and the host… Read Full Review

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“Volunteering at a rural medical clinic in Kenya”

Written on: 16/01/2014

Overall, the experience I had in Kenya was absolutely fantastic. From the beautiful country to the friendly people and the welcoming staff, all aspects of my trip were brilliant. This experience has helped me in more ways than one, not only is it great to put on my CV and to mention in interviews but it also allowed me to get out and see more of the world, with the opportunity to go on safari a memory that I will always cherish. During the actual placement, the staff were always very… Read Full Review

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“Madagascar Marine Project”

Written on: 13/01/2014 by phil1smith (1 review written)

I spent 10 weeks as part of the frontier madagascar marine project on Nosy-Be. The time has been fantastic, if I could stay longer I would do. I would recommend this project to anyone with an interest in diving and marine conservation. The staff are friendly and helpful and make the project even better. Diving in clear blue waters and living on a beach camp is like being in paradise. Camp is basic, but you don't even miss luxuries after a few weeks and even then they are worth trading for the… Read Full Review

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“Madagascar Sports Coaching”

Written on: 05/01/2014 by smasry (1 review written)

We volunteered for the Madagascar sports coaching program this December for two weeks. The program was very rewarding, and there was a good balance of volunteer work and personal time to discover the area. During sport coaching we had to come up with programs for our time with the kids. Although it was a good opportunity for initiative, it can be challenging to keep the kids entertained for three hour periods. However, we really enjoyed getting to know the kids and developing relationships with… Read Full Review

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“Teaching in Madagascar”

Written on: 30/11/2013

When coming to Frontier's teaching program in Madagascar, I had an open mind, with no set expectations. What I got out of the project was more than I could have asked for. There is an incredible amount of teaching experience you gain while here, as well as a wide variety to keep you busy. Teaching every day at the primary school in town was really fun. When originally hearing there would be classes of 100 students, it was a bit overwhelming. However, the kids were extremely disciplined… Read Full Review

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“I have been working with Frontier in Madagascar for a...”

Written on: 27/11/2013

I have been working with Frontier in Madagascar for a month now, and so far my experience has been fantastic. I have been based in the town of Hell-Ville from where I have been managing Frontier’s community programme. The partnerships with school and other teaching institutes are well established and offer new volunteers the opportunity to engage with the local community while making a telling contribution to education in the area. On our field site the Frontier personnel are wonderfully… Read Full Review

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“Madagascar frontier forest ”

Written on: 25/11/2013

The last 3 months I've spent at Frontier camp in Madagascar have been incredible, I've had the opportunity to see and do some amazing things, such as see numerous endemic species in the wild. With such high biodiversity in Madagascar I saw unique species on a regular basis and the possibility of seeing rare on animals was exciting. Several walks took place each day including night walks which meant you could see a larger variety of animals too. Despite being part of the forest team I also… Read Full Review

Oliviarendle's Comment

Written on: 28/02/2014

Did you do the wildlife conservation adventure? X

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“I was part of their first project in Tanzania”

Written on: 15/11/2013 by AndrewWatson (5 reviews written)

Support the honest work from Frontier to build sustainable livelihoods for marginalised and under resourced communities in the world's poorest countries… Read Full Review

Frontier Coordinator's Response to AndrewWatson's Review

Written on: 26/11/2013

Hi,
Thanks for your comments, we really appreciate them. We are currently preparing for our 25th anniversary celebrations, and would love to ask you a few questions about your time on our first project, if you're happy to do that. Please email us if you're able to spare a little time.
Thanks again
David

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“Costa Rica Forest Camp”

Written on: 14/11/2013

The two months I spent on camp in Costa Rica have been two of the best months of my life! The time passed so quickly and I wish I could have stayed longer. The place and the wildlife I encountered whilst there was amazing! Camp was pretty basic, although we did have the luxury of flushing toilets and running water (pumped directly from the river). I thought I would find it hard to adjust to the conditions on camp, but was quick to get into the routine and it felt like home within a few days. I… Read Full Review

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“Frontier: Madagascar”

Written on: 14/11/2013 by JamesASB (1 review written)

I’ve been in Madagascar for 9 and half weeks now, which I never thought would go so quickly. 2 and a half months seems, to most people, quite a long time, especially when its spent in a foreign country, but actually the past 9 weeks have gone past quicker than any period in my life. I would say that being in Madagascar has been by far my most memorable experience and biggest adventure, with the wildlife being so abundant and the locals being so friendly it’s hard not to become immersed in… Read Full Review

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“Central America Trail”

Written on: 30/10/2013

So far we have been on the trail for 4 weeks and it has been great! We have been to 3 different countries, climbed volcanoes and eaten lots of yummy food. At the moment we are volunteering in a school in Honduras, which has been challenging but very rewarding. I can't wait to see what the rest of the trail has in store for us… Read Full Review

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“Adventurer in Madagascar and Diving on Mafia Island ”

Written on: 22/10/2013 by beccac93 (1 review written)

I can honestly say that volunteering with Frontier is the most worthwhile thing I have ever done. In 2012 I finished school and was looking for something I could do which would be both fun and rewarding. In July I flew to Nosy Be in Madagascar to take part in the MGA Adventurer project which combined teaching, diving and terrestrial conservation. In a typical day we would dive or trek in the morning before headed over one of the neighbouring villages to teach the children there. I enjoyed… Read Full Review

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“Costa Rica conservation project-4 weeks”

Written on: 18/09/2013

Upon arriving at the frontier camp at piro, Costa Rica, the first thing I thought was wow. I'm about I spend 4 weeks living in a rainforest. I couldn't wait to get started on trails and surveys. Which, as you settle in to camp life and get used to them, only got better and better. The camp routine was surprisingly easy I adjust too. Even not eating meat for 4 weeks wasn't a problem due to the fresh flavours of all the food. Waking up early in the morning to the sound of howler monkeys in the… Read Full Review

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