WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
Volunteers arriving before 2pm (local time) on the first Monday of the month will be welcomed by a Frontier representative at Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport. From here it's a short minibus or taxi ride from the airport to Belize City where you will then transfer to the project site via water taxi and be introduced to the Frontier-Belize programme.
You will meet the staff, receive some initial briefings, including an introduction to the science programme and techniques used, as well as health and safety lectures, so make sure your medical kit is complete and start reading your safety and medical briefs.
Independent travellers arriving on dates other than the first Monday of the month can arrange a separate airport collection (extra cost; US$204GBP) by contacting your volunteer coordinator at least 1 week prior to arrival.
At the end of your stay, project staff will assist you to plan your return to the airport or onward travel.
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
During the project you'll live in the beach camp alongside other Frontier volunteers and staff. We aim to provide you with a unique and memorable living experience. The project is situated on the north island at a research station, with living space, toilet, shower facilities and communal living and cooking areas. Camp life is very simple, unsophisticated and fun.
You will be staying in an indoor sleeping area in hammocks or on roll mats, your "shower" will be a jug or a bucket of water and you will cook using a simple stove: so prepare for the basic, virtually footprint less, unencumbered lifestyle!
WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
Food on camp is simple, nutritious and consists largely of locally sourced fresh vegetables and fruit, rice, beans and noodles, all of which are purchased from nearby communities thereby helping to support the local economy. Luxuries such as chocolate, peanut butter, soda and other drinks are available in Belize City, so make sure you stock up before heading to your field camp or at nearby stalls accessible only by boat on weekends.
Part of your role on camp will be to help with the cooking. Creating spectacular meals will become second nature, so get your cookbooks out now and start thinking up recipes! Also, with luck you'll be invited to local feasts and festivals – a great way to engage with local communities and discover local cuisines and cultures.