We know that in an ideal world many of you would prefer to research, plan and organise your own gap year programme, encompassing your ideal project and travel itinerary. We also know how hard it is to discover, negotiate and secure the best and most worthwhile projects, and we congratulate those of you who accept the challenge and succeed in doing this. We also appreciate that with exams, jobs, family, and things like student loan forms, many of you simply don't have the time to do all the research necessary to discover the best projects and so are happy to let Frontier do the organising and take the strain.
Frontier is a non-profit organisation. We are driven by a desire to change the world for the better and we're committed to helping the neediest peoples. Our projects are designed to give the greatest benefit to our host communities in terms of economic and welfare gains, ecosystem conservation and restoration, and skills transfer. Because of this we have well-established networks of trust and alliances between stakeholders at all levels – a crucial prerequisite to projects that are sustainable and relevant.
All of our partners and volunteers share these values and play a key role in advancing our mission, and evolving it to meet the needs and expectations of our beneficiaries. We highly value our volunteers' skills and believe that by drawing on their diverse strengths and experience we are able to achieve outstanding project outcomes that are culturally appropriate. As an organisation we are totally professional. We have, over the course of our 20-year history, established ourselves as the pre-eminent specialist conservation research and development organisation in the UK.
It can be pretty overwhelming trying to decide which project to go on. There are literally thousands of options out there, and all claim that they're the best. We don't want you to choose a project in a blind panic! We want you to know what you want to do, and then we want to help you get there. So we have plenty of experts on hand for you to chat to, and try to give you as much information as possible, so you can be fully informed when you make your decision. For more information about our projects and help to decide, see Which project to choose?
Frontier is a not for profit organisation, which means that a smaller portion of your contribution comes to us and we are able to pass on the remainder of that fee to the project organisers. We try to be as transparent as possible about where your money goes, because we know that you've worked hard for your cash, and we think you should be allowed to see how and where we spend it. Okay, so we can't give you an exact break down of every single case, but we can give you a pretty good idea! To find out more about how your fee benefits the projects and what we use your contribution for, see Where does my money go?
It's not just the projects and partners that benefit from your contribution – you do too! We like to see our volunteers having the time of their lives, and so we like to help you on your way. From something as basic as food and accommodation, to the chance to learn to scuba dive, our project fees cover all the bases. To find out more about what you get, see What do I get for my money?
Although it would be nice to know that every programme is genuine and worthwhile, it is sad to say that many are not. Frontier's Partner projects are carefully vetted before we consider sending them volunteers, and they are constantly assessed throughout the partnership. When you choose a Frontier project, you know that you are guaranteed a legitimate and valuable programme, as well as a strong support system. To find out more about what paying to volunteer with Frontier can offer you, see Why pay to volunteer?