"Our job there was completely based on research and I really enjoyed it. Telemetry, camera traps, GPS tracking, spoors and scats identification, data entry. The aim of the work was to make a census of the fauna and game species as well as the carnivores, and to study their behaviour in the reserve. Participating in such a research programme was very rewarding because I fely like my work had a concrete impact of the future of the carnivors I worked on, and would improve our understanding of their behaviour in the reserve."
- Estelle Clerc - Namibia Carnivore Conservation Programme
"A requirement of the first year of my Marine Ecology Conservation degree was 300 hours of work based learning and a lecturer recommended partaking in a Frontier project. I spent five weeks on the project where I was able to conduct research for my own specialist project on beach litter. I also helped teach some of the local children English which turned out to be one of the best parts of my project. For anyone thinking of doing this project I say go for it. It's something incredible and highly rewarding. It was truly a life changing experience for me."
- Maria Gray, Cambodia Island Beach Conservation
"I don't think I could pinpoint one particular best part of my volunteer experience as there were so many amazing experiences but a few highlights include; diving amongst the incredible array of aquatic wildlife, becoming a part of the welcoming community and all the people who made my adventure so memorable. As my first time diving the staff were so supportive and encouraging, I soon felt comfortable and at ease in the water. For my first few dives I felt very anxious but after a week or so I soon felt at home and happy in the water... so much so I often didn't want to surface!"
- Miranda Proctor - Fiji Marine Conservation & Diving
"As a result of this volunteering project I decided to take a year abroad with my degree which has taken me to the National University of Singapore, which I place solely as a result of this project. Seeing all the diversity in people and personalities in a different country where you meet up with other volunteers, travellers and of course the locals, makes you want to stay and continue your learning."
- Rhys Jones - Cambodia Teaching & Temples
"Travelling through Central America with Frontier is an experience I'll never forget. The organisation of the trail gave each week a perfect balance between exciting activities and cultural experiences. Highlights included zip lining, volcano boarding, surfing and swimming through a cave in Guatemala. This was balanced with the experience of living with a Honduran family for a week and volunteering in a local school, which was both enjoyable and a massive learning opportunity for those wanting to develop their Spanish. I would definitely recommend a trail to those who want a first taste of backpacker travel before doing it independently, and for those ready to throw themselves into the local culture and new experiences."
- Jamie Martin, Central America Ethical Adventure Trail
"It makes a huge difference seeing amazing animals such as lemurs, turtles and many many species of fish from the perspective of a researcher rather than a tourist. Not only are you experiencing the beauty of the creatures and environment, but you know you are also doing something to help conserve them."
- Grace Hussey, Madagascar Marine Conservation & Diving
"The best part of my volunteering experience has to be the children: they were amazing, so enthusiastic and great dancers! The sanctuary also had many orphaned baby baboons whom I adored. A rota system meant a different person would have a baboon every night - you would have to feed them, bathe them, nappy them and sleep with them. It was hard word, but a lot of fun! Anyone thinking of going on my project would be in for a treat. It's hard, but very rewarding and you'll meet a great group of people. I miss it so much already."
- Shweta Patel, Namibia Teaching & Wildlife
"Each day you are rewarded with the feeling that you have made an impact in someone's life. You are challenged and pushed outside your comfort zone, but you are surrounded by people going through the same thing and so each day it becomes easier. You become very close friends with everyone around you, people you stay friends with even after you finish your project! It's an opportunity that no-one should miss out on."
- Hatty Davis, Tanzania Teaching & Beaches
Meet more of our volunteers and see their photos on the Volunteer Stories section of Frontier's blog.