Making an impact
Frontier gets volunteers to places where no other organisation has been. Without the input of Frontier volunteers, wildlife and habitats would continue to be threatened and decimated and communities would continue to suffer from deprivation, resource depletion, unsustainable practices, isolation and poverty. By volunteering with Frontier, you really can make a tangible and lasting contribution to global research, wildlife care, climate conservation and the development of sustainable resource use and livelihood improvement for local communities.
No matter what your background is, as a volunteer on one of Frontier's Group conservation projects, you have the chance to gain a level 3 BTEC diploma in either Tropical Habitat Conservation or Expedition Management (biodiversity research). To find out more, see BTEC Certificate
On most of our teaching projects, you can obtain a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate, and the cost is often included in your project fee. The TEFL training helps you to teach basic English anywhere in the world. To find out more, see TEFL Certificate.
Alternatively, you can sign up for our new and exclusive, internationally recognised, BTEC Advanced Certificate in Teaching English as Foreign Language, a level 3 qualification which is accredited by the examining board Edexcel.
Even if you're a complete diving novice, you can be trained at the project site on one of our marine expeditions to PADI Advanced Open Water level and the cost is included in your project fee! To find out more, see PADI Training
We have teamed up with ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) to give you the chance to earn an extra 70 UCAS points! Gain a Certificate of Personal Effectiveness Level 3 (CoPE) on any of our Frontier Group projects for just £50. To find out more, see CoPE Qualification
Travelling around a country is not the same as spending 4 weeks or so in one area, living and working within the local community. You'll grow to appreciate the culture and traditions of the people, understand their way of life, and gain a good understanding of the local language. With our projects, you're sure to integrate yourself with the local community and gain valuable and extraordinary experiences. The only problem is, you'll never want to leave!
Improved Career Prospects
University admissions tutors, and most companies, believe students who have taken a structured gap year benefit more from university life and make better, more settled and enterprising employees. By achieving a qualification at the same time, they'll be even more impressed, and your CV will only get stronger and make it to the top of the pile.
NGOs and the Local Community
What Frontier can do
Many of our projects make a lasting contribution to conserving global biodiversity and improving the livelihoods of disadvantaged communities in a diverse range of locations, which in turn benefits the environment and population worldwide. All Group conservation projects are established with the basic aim of empowering local communities to manage their livelihoods sustainably, improving the overall quality of their lives and preventing over-use of their natural resources.
Many Frontier Group conservation projects are part of long-term programs which may last for many years. 20 years on, you can still work with our first ever partner organisation, the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania – in 1989 Frontier's pioneering volunteers set out to survey the coral reefs of Mafia Island, game populations in Mikumi National Park and Tanzania's coastal forests. Today, we have grown to offer you over 250 worthwhile projects in over 50 countries to contribute your time and expertise to, and make a real difference.
Frontier's Group Conservation Projects
Frontier Group conservation projects usually comprise biodiversity and natural resource survey work in a number of habitats and the monitoring of local resource use, such as logging, farming, fishing and hunting. Frontier volunteers have thus been responsible for identifying biodiversity hotspots and continue to work to secure their protection by monitoring their use to ensure that it is sustainable.
All programs provide training for students from the counterpart university/institution we are working with, and the local district fisheries/forestry officers. Most of our programs also provide workshops and training projects for local community representatives and local volunteers. Many conservation and development professionals have started their careers as Frontier field staff members and volunteers.
Most programs will involve initiatives to raise environmental awareness. Many of the programs are involved with formal environmental education projects in the local community schools. We rely on local community volunteers not only to assist in carrying out these formal environmental education projects but also to assist in the projects themselves so that they can continue to be carried out after we have gone.
We have a track record of helping to introduce communities to alternative and sustainable ways of earning an income from their local natural resources. For example, a Frontier project in northern Vietnam established a farmer's co-operative for the bulk production of medicinal plants, which replaced the existing unsustainable practice of opportunistic collection of these rare medicinal plants from local forests. Without these alternative incomes, many communities would not survive or would turn back to unsustainable forms of earning.
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.
Frontier's Partner Projects
Who Frontier work with
Frontier has teamed up with a wide variety of local partners around the world. The common theme is that they each provide placements which are of genuine benefit to the local community whilst being a source of a sense of achievement and enjoyment for the volunteer.
Frontier's selection and vetting process
Frontier's partner organisations are chosen carefully after extensive research into their aims, values and activities. All partner organisations are required to submit detailed documentation, including full risk assessments, before partnership agreements can be signed. We also ensure we have received a minimum number of references from previous volunteers and/or other organisations with whom the prospective partner works. It is important to us that our partners understand and endorse Frontier's mission and that we are working towards common goals. It also means that Frontier can provide a safe environment for our volunteers to work in.
Once both parties are happy with the proposed work program and all other terms, a written agreement, setting out the respective roles and responsibilities of Frontier and the partner organisation, is signed.
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