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PhoebeSchenk's review of Frontier (Conservation, Education, Exploration) www.frontier.ac.uk

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“Brilliant work experience and chance to experience Fiji”

Written on: 09/08/2017 by PhoebeSchenk (1 review written)

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!

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