Wednesday
Sep032014

Friday
Aug222014

THE BENTHIC EXAM IS UP

Since Tijn had both his OW and AOW qualifications to do, he is the last volunteer to attempt the written benthic exam. Hopes up to finish up this afternoon and start up fish training! 
It's been a good week overall and everyone will be able to participate in the dive surveys on Friday. Good job everyone!

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Friday
Aug222014

Manatee sightings

Today's dives included this group's first official benthic survey and a fun/photo dive. We were lucky enough to catch some manatees on camera this time!! Check it out!

Branching fire coral

Boulder brain coral to the left and a part of our surveys must include coral diseases - yellow band disease on the right.

Manatees having a rest.. Shhhh do not disturb!

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Friday
Aug222014

HOME COOKED BELIZEAN MEAL 

Fish and vegetable stew with coconut rice

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Tuesday
Aug192014

Marine Snaps!

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Tuesday
Aug192014

Trail exploration - quite the adventure!

We tried getting to "the split" by land to see if it was possible. After a few hours of exploring, the mangroves definitely beat us. We'll just have to stick to the sea!

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Tuesday
Aug192014

Let's go!

 

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Wednesday
Aug132014

Volunteer blog: Francisco Van Zeller

I would like to thank Frontier for having such wonderful, exciting and beautiful staff; they have helped not only me but the other volunteers that are here to have an incredible first week. Also, the people from the Fisheries Department and from the dive center are really nice. The dives have been really good and the coral identification has been interesting. Although we’re just in the beginning, I look forward to the other dives! I am getting along well with the other volunteers as well which is making the experience more enjoyable.

Volunteer Francisco enjoying some free time in Caye Caulker village; playing football with the local children.

Caye Caulker, although small, is a really an unbelievable place. It’s like paradise; people all around are pretty friendly, the weather is fantastic and you can go around the island with no problems.
The camp where we are staying is pretty and right in nature. However, there is a problem which seems to bother everyone, the big issue that must be addressed…the sand flies! They are the only thing there is to complain about this project. Although they don’t ruin your experience, they challenge your sleep so I would advise other people to bring some pretty good repellant, some thin long trousers and light long sleeved shirts. Just be prepared!

By Francisco Van Zeller, Marine Research Assistant Volunteer

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Tuesday
Aug122014

Super moon

Anyone else catch last night's Super Moon? The closest one f the year! We had fun roasting marshmallows over the fire!

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Tuesday
Aug122014

Tests coming up boys!

Our second round of coral training for the week.

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Thursday
Aug072014

The new bunch

A warm welcome to our new volunteers! (Note Chris is missing due to PADI training!). Looks like it will be another good month!

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Wednesday
Aug062014

Volunteer blog: Sarah Tubbs

4 weeks has gone by so quickly! It’s crazy how time can fly when you’re literally living in paradise! This week has been jam packed like all the rest; we’ve been to see the crocodile reserve on the North island and have been working with some of the students from the University of Belize. We have also been working with a man named Andrew who is volunteering with a local organization. We have been working with Andrew to clear the trail on the North Island which has proven itself to be hard work but has paid off!

 

Frontier with Andrew on a boat ride home with the Fisheries Department ranger.

All four of us volunteers have really enjoyed our last week and have been trying to get the most out of the project as we can, as well as make the most of the last few days of sun! We put in our all till our last night on camp where we made tortillas together for a big feast; it was delicious and now I know how to make what I would call the best guacamole on earth! All this hard work has left us shattered, so we decided that we would spend the last 3 nights of our time here in town so we can relax! So far in town we have done a night dive with was incredible! For the rest of our weekend we are planning a little shopping trip of all the local stores, a well-deserved massage at ‘The Split’ and a last supper where we can all reminisce about our time here.

By Sarah Tubbs, Marine Conservation Volunteer

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Tuesday
Aug052014

thanks for everything!

Our July group's final party night in town!

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Tuesday
Aug052014

West Indian Manatee sighting of the week!

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Tuesday
Aug052014

tortilla thursday

A good last dinner for some of our volunteers!

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Tuesday
Jul292014

Reppin!

Our new pier shade :)

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Tuesday
Jul292014

Weird, wacky... and wonderful!

So we're a little wacky. Get to know some of our staff on upcoming staff blogs!

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Tuesday
Jul292014

Free time

On this week's free day the volunteers went out to visit some of the Mayan ruins of Belize and cave tubing! It was quite the long day but definitely time off well spent.

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Monday
Jul282014

Back to the Blue Hole!

Photos from another great Blue Hole adventure! 3 dives, 40m max depth, amazing experience!

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Friday
Jul252014

woodrail trail

Yesterday the volunteers and staff explored the Woodrail Trail next to camp within the Caye Caulker Forest Reserve. This then inspired an afternoon of beach clean up followed by a well deserved coconut break.

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