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Safe Travel for Young Adults from Frontier adventure travel abroad

Safe, Supported Volunteering and Gap Year Trips for First-Time Travellers

A volunteering or gap year trip is a great opportunity to explore other countries, to help make a difference, and to further a future career. For many teenagers and young adults - as well as their parents - this can be daunting though. Travelling to a developing country is an amazing experience, but culture, language and infrastructure differences can be challenging and in some cases problematic. Arranging treks, trips and even transport from within a foreign country can often mean placing your - or your child's - safety in the hands of companies or individuals who are not required to pass any background checks, and are ultimately not accountable to any respected authority.

Frontier aims to provide an authentic volunteering experience in many of the world's most spectacular countries, while making sure that safety, support and accountability are paramount. with more than 20 years experience in running and supporting volunteering projects worldwide, and with dedicated teams of staff in the UK and the USA, we are able to provide peace of mind for volunteers and their parents, as well as unforgettable experiences.

How does Frontier support its volunteers and their families?

We take the safety and security of our volunteers extremely seriously. With this in mind, here are just a few of the policies we follow:

  • Criminal record checks carried out for all Frontier field staff and volunteers(CRB check in the UK and FBI check in the USA)

  • All field staff trained in health & safety procedures

  • All partner projects required to undergo a rigorous risk assessment procedure

  • We are BS8848 approved (view Parents' Guide to BS8848)

  • Code of conduct enforced for all volunteers (includes termination of placement for breaches including drug use)

  • We offer a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week, emergency phone line

  • Weekly "Situation Report" emails for Frontier group projects, to keep friends and families of volunteers informed of news and developments on our camps

  • We supply field contact details (phone numbers and addresses for the staff who will be responsible for our volunteers) before the placement begins

  • Before accepting a volunteer onto a placement, we require them to undergo an interview with one of our travel advisors, to ensure that the volunteer understands the project, and is comfortable with all of the responsibilities required

  • Prior to departure, we ensure all volunteers have the correct visas, insurance cover and flight bookings.

Ultimately, we aim to ensure that our volunteers are placed on a project that they will enjoy, that is suitable for them, and that will be safe for them. We are always very happy to speak to volunteers' parents or guardians before accepting them onto a project.

Travel Buddies

Volunteers often feel more confident (and their parents more reassured) when travelling with someone from their own country and/or of their own age. If requested, we will find a placement on which there are volunteers of similar ages and backgrounds. If both parties wish, we can put them in contact with each other so that they can get to know each other before leaving, and even arrange to fly out together.

A selection of volunteer projects for first-time travellers follows:

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South East Asia Ethical Adventure Trail - 10 week incorporating a placement

South East Asia Ethical Adventure Trail - 10 week incorporating a placement

Travel with us to ancient Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, lands of unimaginable beauty, on an adventure that will take you from night bazaars to picture perfect vistas.

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"I had the most amazing time of my life. Everything I experienced was beyond and better than I eve..."

prices from £2699

Region: Asia

Activity: Adventure

Duration: 10 weeks

Project Code: CCX

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Central America Ethical Adventure Trail - 10 week incorporating a placement

Central America Ethical Adventure Trail - 10 week incorporating a placement

An unforgettable adventure through Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, amongst Mayan ruins and the azure waters off the coast, with a teaching or conservation project.

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"I recently took part in the six week Central America trail and I'm now spending 4 we..."

prices from £2699

Region: The Americas

Activity: Adventure

Duration: 10 weeks

Project Code: CAX

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Costa Rica Big Cats, Primates & Turtle Conservation

Costa Rica Big Cats, Primates & Turtle Conservation

Contribute to vital conservation research in one of the most ecologically diverse locations on the planet.

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"I volunteered in Costa Rica in July and had a fantastic experience meeting great people and seein..."

prices from £515

Region: The Americas

Activity: Wildlife

Duration: 1 week +

Project Code: CBP

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Madagascar Marine Conservation & Diving

Madagascar Marine Conservation & Diving

Dive in some of the least explored marine sites in the world, helping further the research and protection of these pristine ecosystems and work towards a sustainable environment in Madagascar.

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"I joined the Madagascar marine project back in october 2011, I signed up for a 10week vo..."

prices from £895

Region: Africa

Activity: Marine

Duration: 1 week +

Project Code: MGM

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Madagascar Wildlife Conservation Adventure

Madagascar Wildlife Conservation Adventure

Discover, monitor and assess the huge variety of Madagascar's exotic and rare species as you trek through remote regions of this hugely exciting island with Frontier-Madagascar.

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"I spent four weeks on the Frontier Madagascar Forest Program and had one of the best times of my..."

prices from £795

Region: Africa

Activity: Wildlife

Duration: 1 week +

Project Code: MGF

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Central America Ethical Adventure Trail - 4 weeks

Central America Ethical Adventure Trail - 4 weeks

Travel through some of the most amazing countries of Central America and experience some of the incredible opportunities they have to offer you.

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"Overall, the experience on the frontier Central America ecotrail has been amazing. I had no idea..."

prices from £1899

Region: The Americas

Activity: Adventure

Duration: 4 weeks

Project Code: AAT

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Belize Marine Conservation & Diving

Belize Marine Conservation & Diving

Dive in some of the most pristine and renowned marine sites in the world, helping further the research and protection of these pristine ecosystems in Belize.

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"Had a great time in Belize. It's a really chilled country and the project was lots of fun. We..."

prices from £895

Region: The Americas

Activity: Marine

Duration: 1 week +

Project Code: BZM

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Belize Manatee Conservation

Belize Manatee Conservation

Enjoy the white sands, blue waters and relaxed Caribbean atmosphere of Belize while making a valuable contribution to the protection of this rare and elusive species and their under threat habitats.

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"The trip and program were great. Caye Caulker is beautiful and the work we did (snorkel surveys,..."

prices from £795

Region: The Americas

Activity: Group

Duration: 1 week +

Project Code: BMT

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Costa Rica Climate Change Project

Costa Rica Climate Change Project

Carry out groundbreaking survey work in Costa Rica's remote habitats and help combat the effects of climate change as you track and conserve some of the country’s most mysterious creatures.

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"This project is amazing, I spent 3 weeks here and had the time of my life, I was so sad to leave..."

prices from £515

Region: The Americas

Activity: Discount

Duration: 1 week +

Project Code: CCL

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Tenerife Whale & Dolphin Conservation

Tenerife Whale & Dolphin Conservation

Explore the beautiful island of Tenerife and gain valuable experience in conservation whilst working to protect these majestic species in their natural habitat.

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"When i first landed in Tenerife i was nervous and excited, it was my first time going abroad alon..."

prices from £350

Region: Europe

Activity: Marine

Duration: 1 week +

Project Code: TRW

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