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Project Blogs - Tenerife


As you might know, over 2/3 of the earth is covered in water.

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El Médano is located on the South-East of Tenerife. It is known as the Bohemian resort of the island; a paradise for surfers, boogieboarders and windsurfers since there is almost always a perfect breeze allowing the perfect wave. As surfers would say ‘’when you get in the impact zone, get back up because you never know what’s over the next wave’’. The next wave is always coming.

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Salted small potatoes that are served throughout Tenerife. They are great on their own or served with red and green mojo sauce.

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Dolphins have shown empathy towards humans. There are multiple stories of people lost in the sea, threatened by sharks and being rescued by dolphins. One of which happened to Adam Walker in 2014 in New Zealand. He is a British extreme long-distance swimmer. He went out to swim Cook Strait in New Zealand. In his second hour everything seemed to go amazing as twelve dolphins appeared and started swimming alongside him.

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The electricity has been off for a couple of days now. Tonight, we have decided to organize a barbecue. We will give a couple of tips on how to make your BBQ the best BBQ of the year.

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If you’ve chosen the Canary Islands whale and dolphin conservation project with Frontier, then that means you’ve made it to Tenerife, the largest one of these cool Spanish islands located just off the coast of Africa! Congratulations! Before you get settled in the Frontier house and begin your exploration of this awesome area, here are some tips for you to know.

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Due to its volcanic formation, Tenerife really has got an incredible coastline! One spot that offers everything; sunshine, scenery and the sea is Los Gigantes. Los Gigantes, The Giants in English, takes its name from the 500-800-meter-high cliffs that start rising up and sinking 30 meters underwater right at the edge of town. No matter how many times you see these stunning natural attractions, their dizzying height and rainbow of earthy colours will always leave you awestruck.

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Bottlenose dolphins, or known by their scientific name as Tursiops Truncatus, have to reach the surface every so often, approximately every 10-15 minutes, to breathe. Whenever they reach the surface, they can breach up to 16 feet (4.8 meter) out of the water, landing with a splash!

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Joëlle here! You may recognize me from blogs written of the trail in South East Asia. This time around I am ready to start a new adventure in Tenerife. Tomorrow I will finish my first week in Tenerife. It has been a satisfying week.

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After three weeks of living and working with the Frontier team in Tenerife, my time at the whale and dolphin conservation project is now coming to an end. I must admit I was initially hesitant to enroll on this project because you’re never certain of the sorts of people you will be staying with or the type of work you will carry out until you actually arrive. My expectations, however, were thoroughly exceeded.

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