Thursday
Aug212014

Fizz buzz

Some of our teachers doing what they do best! What better way to teach the local maasai numbers than to get a game of 'fizz buzz' going!?

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Tuesday
Aug192014

Teaching and Terrestrial volunteers team up!

Occasionally there is a quiet day on projects, a lull in activity? NO! An opportunity to explore the surrounding area! 

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Tuesday
Aug192014

Environmental Awareness Day!

On August 16th Tanzania's teaching volunteers organised an Environmental Awareness Day! 

Over 60 children from Utende village joined us to have fun, play games and tolearn about the nature that surrounds us every day here. Activities included mask making, an obstacle course and making paper flowers!


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Tuesday
Aug192014

Hey bats!

Not far from camp, near to the Marine Park's office are a population of bats.
Every night at 6:30pm they can be seen flying over camp on their daily journey to one of the neighbouring islands in search of food. And in the daytime they can be spotted chilling out like these guys!

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Tuesday
Aug192014

Living on an tropical island definitely has its perks

The beautiful sights you can see out and about on projects are just one of these!

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Tuesday
Aug192014

Prepared for anything

Terrestrial and teaching volunteers embark on an epic adventure to track down some hippos. Fingers crossed!

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Tuesday
Aug192014

#GoMariners

Our new Open Water divers are naturals! #GoMariners We even invented a new dive signal!

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Thursday
Aug142014

Staff blog: Giants of the Reef

Epinephelus lanceolatus also known as the Giant Grouper is classified as the largest bony fish currently found on coral reefs around the world. This huge fish is in fact found on Mafia Island, Tanzania, and I have had the chance of seeing it a few times whilst diving. Spanning to a length of up to 2.8m and to the incredible weight of 400 kg, this fish provides a humbling sight underwater, especially as it is usually followed by an array of other species including remoras and golden trevally.

Image courtesy of Steve Harwood

One of the local dive sites within the Marine Park which Frontier TZM occasionally visits, named Kinassi Pass, is the prime location for spotting large marine species such as giant groupers, giant reef rays, barracudas, cobias and turtles. Each dive there is as exciting as the next one, simply due to the shear size and number of species present on the reef. Schools of hundreds of eyestripe surgeonfish can be spotted there as well other large groupers such as the Malabar grouper and Potato grouper. Kinassi Pass is located at the entrance of the bay, meaning there are strong tidal currents that regularly occur there. The dives I have done there have mostly been drift dives, rendering the experience even more exciting and heart-pumping. Once whilst reaching a depth of 26m, I managed to spot a school of pickhandle barracuda, a huge honeycomb moray eel, two hawksbill turtles and a pair of giant reef rays gliding above the reef all within the first 20 minutes of the dive! The giant groupers found on Kinassi Pass are notorious amongst the dive centres across the island, one individual has even been aptly named “Jesus” due to the fact that his sheer size induces underwater swearing when spotted by tourists…

 

Image courtesy of NOAA

Large individuals such as the giant grouper found at these dive sites are an important indicator that the coral reef is in good health and not currently threatened by fishing. This in turn provides strong support for the importance of local marine parks and regulated fishing.

By Margaux Steyaert, Dive Officer

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Tuesday
Aug122014

a cool bunch 

It doesn't matter what age these guys are or the fact we met them teaching at the primary and nursery school - they're too cool!

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Monday
Aug112014

Staff blog: Eid al Fitr

Eid al Fitr is the Islamic holiday celebrating the end of Ramadhan and is also known as the ‘Sweet Feast’ or ‘The Feast of breaking the fast’.  After thirty days of fasting Eid is a celebration which is met with a two day party and an excess of eating to the point where it is actually forbidden to fast during Eid. In Utende village families and friends gathered together to eat pilau rice a dish cooked with spices and meat which teaching volunteer Claire and I were lucky enough to be taught to cook with Mama Fatuma from the village- although I think our culinary skills may still need some work in order to perfect them!

In the ‘western world’ Eid is probably most comparable to the December holidays in the sense that much like Christmas gifts are given to loved ones, a traditional meal is eaten (the pilau I mentioned previously) and it is a time to be spent with family and friends. Rather than comparing the celebration to Christmas I have said the December Holidays, this may seem an odd phrase but one that is carefully chosen as also Eid is associated with new beginnings similar to the New Year celebrations. This is not only a theoretical new beginning but it is noticeable around the village the new clothes, hairstyles and possessions as this renaissance shows itself in material possessions.


Unlike Christmas and New Year, Eid falls on a different date every year as the lunar Hijri calander is dependent on the moon’s cycle and Eid marks the first day of Shwwal month. Even within one year the date is not certain as the month lasts for either 29 or 30 days and cannot be confirmed until the penultimate day of Ramadhan.
Frontier were included in celebrations this year as one of the local lodges, Beach House invited staff and volunteers to join them on their boat for a daytrip , a beach party and barbeque.

By Becca Court, Field Communitations Officer

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Monday
Aug112014

Volunteer blog: Alex

It was only three days into my project and I was already trying to breathe underwater it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life and one I will never forget. Doing my open water Padi course has made me find a love of diving. Diving the confined water dives we had to complete many skills, one of which was to fill our masks with water. This is something I hated so much and when I first tried it. It made me very panicky. But with lots of practise and support from our lovely dive officer – Louise- I now don’t mind doing it so much!

One of the most amazing things I saw on my first Open Water dive was a flathead crocodile fish and a Moorish idol – like Gill from ‘Finding Nemo’!


Away from the diving, you may think it odd but here in Tanzania we have chipsi and chipsi mayai as a treat, which makes a nice change from the daily rice and beans every once in a while! Chipsi is simply just chips and the chipsi with the mayai is basically an egg omelette with chip!
Coming on this trip has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life – I’ve met some brilliant people. I would recommend to anyone that they should come and experience a similar trip!

By Alex, Marine Conservation Volunteer

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Thursday
Aug072014

Making some special time for the kids

Even when we're not teaching it's great to just hang out with the kids.

Here are some snaps of Becca and Louisa chilling out with some of the girls and boys from our primary school lesson after class!

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Thursday
Aug072014

Enjoying life 

If you're up early why not take the chance to head down to the beach to watch the sunrise followed by a chai and chapati breakfast? Just one of the many pleasures of living in such a beautiful spot!

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Tuesday
Aug052014

Goodbye to these beauties

July was our biggest intake of volunteers, you've been great and will be missed on camp but we are looking forward to meeting our August volunteers later today!

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Tuesday
Aug052014

swimming through hoops

Congratulations to our volunteers for completing their Advanced Open Water! We had a lot of fun practicing our buoyancy swimming through hoops!

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Tuesday
Aug052014

Beach clean!

Before and after pictures of our latest beach clean. It just goes to show that a little work goes a long way!

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Tuesday
Aug052014

Welcome to the world!

Throughout the summer months we are lucky enough to be able to to help out at and watch a number of Green Turtle hatchings on nearby island Juani.

 

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Thursday
Jul312014

Little helpers

After our lesson at Utende Primary School today some little helpers stayed behind to assist in our pencil sharpening duties!

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Tuesday
Jul292014

Eid Mubarak!

What's that? Where is everybody?

Oh! That's right, today is Eid and all of Frontier have been invited to a beach bbq party across the bay to celebrate! Yay!

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Tuesday
Jul292014

Ladies night!

At the moment our resident beautician (and teacher) Claire is busy decorating the female population of camp with henna and hair braids... the gentlemen are yet to be tempted by either, drawing the line at nail polish but which brave boy will dare first?

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