Monday
Jun202011

What makes a festival?

Friday
Jun172011

What to pack โ€“ Charlotte - Overseas Operations 

 

What’s your best travel experience?
Close to home but no less fun was one summer I spent working and camping through France. I was roped into renovating a derelict barn in the depths of rural Limoges for 4 weeks with tasks including pointing a wall, building a deck and laying a cement floor. Getting stuck in was great and the decking was christened with a party only the French could host with lashing of 99cent red wine and cheese – I can proudly report that the deck is still standing. Following this we were duly rewarded with a trip to the coast. Camping in the dunes, al fresco eating on the beach and surfing on the coast was idyllic.

What did you take?
Steel toe capped boots and old clothes for all that construction work!

More sensibly I always try to travel light and love the mutli – functional; a sarong can be a dress, skirt, towel, wrap or headscarf. For hand held versatility a Swiss Army Knife is useful in so many situations!

My Buffalo Teclite has seen me through many a cold downpour and is compact yet stylish.

What do you wish you had taken?
I fell on the wrong side of the ‘Great Sleeping Bag Debate’ and took quite a thick sleeping bag with me – ‘just in case’ as my mother would say! I found it was completely unnecessary and that it far too hot! I kept hearing people rave about their plush silky sleeping bag liners and I wished I’d had one of these.

What Frontier project would like to visit?
I often get asked this question and I find it so hard to choose – I would love to dive in Fiji, or spot sun bears in Cambodia, see whale sharks in Tanzania, hang out with lemurs in Madagascar and spot turtles in Costa Rica. Can’t I just go to all of them?

What would you take there?
As much as I love my Canon EOS 3000v SLR I find that travelling with hundreds of rolls of film is a bit of pain. I have had my eye on the Nikon D5000 for quite a while now and a round the world trip would definitely push me take the plunge and buy this beauty of a camera!

Friday
Jun172011

Born To Be Wild 3D

Thursday
Jun162011

New Che diary published

Wednesday
Jun152011

Frontier Style: Rainwave Ponchos

Sometimes you don’t know what the weather is going to do when you’re overseas, and because we like our volunteers to be prepared…as well as styled out, we thought you might want to check out these ponchos. Rainwave has designed some funky macs with an array of awesome designs and colours that are 100% waterproof, breathable, windproof and machine washable.

Rainwave started two years ago on a rainy trip in Devon, when the creators felt that rain shouldn’t be all doom and gloom. So they got to work on some bold raincoat concepts aiming to bring a splash of colour to those dreary days.

With the raincoat being one size fits all and an accessory you can wear all year round, these quirky ponchos are a great investment and ideal for travel. You’ll be hoping for rain so you can whip yours out…ok you probably won’t but if the sun is out you can always save it for the good old British weather instead.

By Nancy Bukasa

Wednesday
Jun152011

La Cieba by Denise Bartlett

Wednesday
Jun152011

Koalas under threat

Tuesday
Jun142011

Replay XD 1080 Camera

Tuesday
Jun142011

Tiger protection force: Bangladesh

Monday
Jun132011

Beef Empenadas

Monday
Jun132011

Online platform for Kenya's gay community

Friday
Jun102011

Name a species

Friday
Jun102011

What to pack โ€“ Yasmin โ€“ Project Co-Ordinator Intern

 

What’s your best travel experience?

After my second year of university I travelled to Ecuador where I spent 3 weeks travelling before heading to the Amazon Rainforest for 2 weeks to carry out my second year research project.

I loved every single minute of the trip with highlights including Lake Quilotoa, surfing in Montanita, Humpback Whale watching in Puerto Lopez, a terrifying but spectacular bus ride through the mountains from Guayaquil to Cuenca and the nights out in Quito!
I was welcomed into the jungle by the Payamino tribe and trekked through amazing primary forest, discovered beautiful waterfalls and ate the most questionable food I think I will ever eat- I had no idea what to do with the chicken(?) claw floating in a bowl of hot water.

What did you take?

Obviously I tried to pack as lightly as possible but I managed to fit a surprising amount of stuff into my rucksack. This was mainly due to the fact I had packed all my clothes in two vacuum travel bags which were not only space-saving but also had the added bonus of making sure everything stayed dry.

For the jungle I brought a small lightweight hammock with a built-in mosquito net. Not only was it super comfy but it meant I was at safe distance from the ground and the bullet ants with which I had already had an unpleasant encounter with!

I also took spare camera batteries and memory cards so I could snap away without worry of running down the battery or taking up precious camera memory.

What do you wish you had taken?

I wish I had taken more time to learn some of the basics of Quechua, the language spoken by the tribe I stayed with in the jungle. I had my GCSE Spanish which was enough to get me around Ecuador but in the jungle this was of little use.

What frontier project would like to visit?

I would love to go any project in Madagascar as it’s a somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit due to its wealth of biodiversity.

What would you take there?

I’d definitely invest in a good underwater camera and a range of condiments and spices to add excitement to the staples of rice and beans 3 times a day!

Thursday
Jun092011

Insightful Chimps

Wednesday
Jun082011

World Oceans Day