At Frontier we love what we do! We love it so much that we want you to join in, and then tell everyone about your amazing experience. But what happens after you leave?
We don't like to leave things unfinished, and so we make sure that all your hard work doesn't go to waste, and our projects can continue to do all the great work they've been doing over the past few decades.
Frontier only provides partner placements which are of genuine benefit to the communities which they serve. Frontier always aims to keep our projects up and running for a good many years so that you can be sure that the good work which you put in continues into the future.
Many partner projects include training workshops and capacity building for members of the local community, ensuring that the level of project knowledge is maintained and securing the project benefits into the future.
For more information on some of our partner organisations, see In-Country Volunteer Project Partnerships section or read our Teaching and Community Development Newsletter.
Because the projects are run in tandem with local NGOs and other community institutions, which remain in place after you have returned home, the projects are able to continue. All Frontier Group conservation projects are part of long running field programs and all volunteers contribute 4, 8, 10 or 20 weeks of hard work to a program which may last for several years or even decades.
Each Frontier Group conservation project is designed so that it can be monitored in the long term by ensuring that the techniques used to collect the initial data are easily repeatable. Local officers, students, field workers, natural resource officers, community representatives and volunteers of the host country are trained in survey and monitoring techniques and can continue the program's work. Thanks to these people, the level of knowledge is maintained, and in this way, changes in the biodiversity are identified over an extended period.
All projects produce recommendations for future management of the natural resources which have been surveyed; such as monitoring of biodiversity hotspots that have been identified, management of conflicts over resource use, or reporting that the levels of resource use are unsustainable.
It's then recommended that some form of protective system is established to maintain the existing levels of biodiversity. Frontier volunteers may become involved in establishing management systems or may hand the project over to another organisation that will implement a management program. In all cases local community members are consulted and involved directly in the management of their natural resources.
All Frontier Group conservation projects, since establishment in 1989, are continuing to run in some form, either with continued input from Frontier volunteers or through management by another resource management organisation such as WWF or a bilateral development organisation and all with the involvement of the local community.
For more information on the ongoing impact of Frontier projects, and a comprehensive overview of what our Frontier volunteers have achieved so far, please see our Capability Statement.