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Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

Media placement overseas

I undertook a two-month journalism and media placement in Costa Rica at Frontier's rainforest camp. I aspire to be a travel journalist which is a tricky career to get a foothold in without any experience or references. I definitely think the placement has helped in that regard as I find I've got lots to talk about in interviews and on cover letters for job applications.

The camp is in a really unique and beautiful part of Costa Rica, just near the Corcovado reserve which is definitely one of the most interesting areas in the world for wildlife. We saw a huge array of animals from big cats to butterflies to frogs and monkeys. Although wildlife wasn't my main interest before I left, it's definitely a new favorite!

To anyone planning on going i'd say go for it, and make the most of every day as you will miss it when you return.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

Journalism and conservation placement in Fiji

Arriving on the island of Beqa (pronounced "benger") was my first taste of a 3-month placement which I finished last month. It looked like paradise - beautiful, palm-fringed, white sand beaches with not a single sun-lounger to be seen!
The atmosphere on the island is really relaxed, no-one hassles you and the local people were the most welcoming people i have ever met!
At the Frontier camp it is similarly relaxed but with more of a professional, context - after all, the camp is here to conduct surveys for marine conservation programs.
I am a photographer and aspiring journalist, and my placement involved filming, photographing and reporting on the activities on the camp. I had never dived before, but after about 4 weeks i had trained up and got my PADI advanced open water qualification, which meant i could take part in surveying and - most importantly for me - start to film the diving.
All in all this placement was a step into the unknown, but i am so glad i took that step as it's been a unique and memorable experience, and i'm going to use everything i learned and all the media i produced to look for a paid placement doing something similar next.