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Project Blogs - Tenerife


The Frontier Tenerife team are undertaking important research into the relationship between cetaceans and human disruptions to their natural habitat. Around 5 million tourists visit the island each year, and at least 700,000 of these are drawn to Tenerife to participate in whale-watching activities.

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With the world busy uniting against Covid-19, our volunteers have had to wait a bit longer to start their Tenerife adventure. But there’s nothing to say you can’t begin your adventure from the safety of your own home. Being a conservationist isn’t all about going out in the field and getting your hands dirty – it’s also about making mindful day to day decisions and staying educated and informed in your normal lives.

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Sometimes when we are out at sea, we cross paths with ocean wanderers. The sea has no walls, meaning any great whale can appear anywhere.

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From the very first time I saw Atlantic spotted dolphins I immediately felt that we had a kind of special connection; and after that, I have been rarely been on a boat without having at least one encounter with them.

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Wow, what a week it has been with Frontier Tenerife. This has been my first volunteering experience and I guarantee it won’t be my last! The staff have been incredible, as have the other volunteers.

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For this blog I want to give a shoutout to all of our boat partners as they have been the most incredible, supportive and engaging teams to work with during my time in Tenerife.

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Leonie, a volunteer that stayed a whole seven weeks, recently left us for the swiss mountain tops of her home country. This blog is a dedication to all that is Leonie, a cracking girl who won volunteer of the week every week for a reason.

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I’m Max and I’ve been with Frontier in Tenerife for the conservation of whales and dolphins. At first, I expected this trip to be just a bit interesting and useful for my uni application.

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Every friday, on the project here in Tenerife is beach clean. So basically we visit different beaches and collect whatever rubbish we can find so that it can‘t harm anything anymore.

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My first impressions of the Frontier Tenerife Project have been comfortably exceeded. Interactions with the dolphins have been both incredible and unique, granting me with several new perspectives on how we interact and influence the resident and migrant species in the waters surrounding the island.

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