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Project Blogs - Tenerife


We recently heard from our volunteer Selina, who is currently undergoing a placement with Frontier Tenerife. Here’s her amazing testimonial as she talks about her experience overseas, from the good times to the challenges.

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Unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases and kidnapping. These were the first issues that arose when I told my family that I wanted to go to Spain for six weeks, alone. A girl, barely 18, with no experience of solo travel. What could possibly go wrong?

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My name is Eva and I’m a 20-year-old Biology student from France. I've always enjoyed being a witness to wildlife, but this experience was on a whole new level. Personally, I would like to be an ethologist, so the main reason I chose Frontier was to confirm this choice!

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Last year I quit my job to finally take the chance of travelling and volunteering as I have wanted to do this for a long time. I spent years working and not doing what I really love – seeing the world, getting to know foreign cultures and meeting new people. I've always wanted to go to the Canary Islands and as I love animals the Tenerife Whale and Dolphin Conservation project seemed to be perfect for me.

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A Wholesome House Hello, dear Readers of the ‘Into the Wild’ blog page! Myself and the Frontier Whale and Dolphin Conservation team all hope that you have all had a momentous week. This is a follow-up blog to the previous one I wrote (Volcanic & Homesick’), as it’s about life at the Frontier house.

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The Frontier project House here in Tenerife is an exponentially comfortable, functional and homely home for everyone to feel safe and sane during the action-packed work weeks that we have. Alas, there is always the chance that some of our volunteers (and occasionally a staff member, too!) starts to feel the symptoms of the ‘Homesick Bug’.

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This blog is to tell you the story of how the team of the Frontier Whale and Dolphin project got a free surfing lesson (well, we had a discounted deal of paying for the equipment fee, a tiny 20€).

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It is high time that a new article is written about the beautiful cetaceans of Tenerife! The main ‘porpoise’ of Whale & Dolphin Conservation Project here in Tenerife (the largest island of the Canaries, with the highest peak of Mt. Tiede) is to discover significant knowledge of the dolphins, especially of the impact of ‘anthropomorphic’ or human disturbance on their behaviour and populations.

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I’ve come later in life to these conservation projects. I became aware of Frontier after a friend went to one of their projects in Costa Rica last summer and came back raving about his experience. As I was planning to get away from the dark Scottish winter for a couple of weeks of sunshine I checked out the Frontier website and spotted the ideal project for me – the Frontier whale and dolphin conservation project in Tenerife – and promptly signed up for two weeks in January.

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Hola! The Frontier Whale & Dolphin Conservation team in Tenerife hope that you have all been having a good week. This blog is dedicated to the wonderful and magical experiences which the terrific crew of ‘Ragnarok’ (Barco Vikingo) have been providing both the holiday-makers and of course, to us; to sail out into the Atlantic coast of off Tenerife to find the many species of beautiful dolphins.

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