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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:

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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Costa Rica Big Cats, Primates & Turtle Conservation

Contribute to vital conservation research in one of the most ecologically diverse locations on the planet.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from US$295

  • Prices: from US$295
  • Region: The Americas
  • Activity: Wildlife
  • Duration: 1 week +
  • Project code: CBP

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.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from US$295

  • Prices: from US$295
  • Region: Africa
  • Activity: Wildlife
  • Duration: 1 week +
  • Project code: MGF

Tanzania Marine Conservation and Diving

Crystal clear waters host a wealth of marine habitats and wildlife, making this a perfect location to learn to scuba dive and explore this pristine and magical underwater world.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from US$445

  • Prices: from US$445
  • Region: Africa
  • Activity: Marine
  • Duration: 1 week +
  • Project code: TZM

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.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from US$445

  • Prices: from US$445
  • Region: Africa
  • Activity: Marine
  • Duration: 1 week +
  • Project code: MGM

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.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from US$4,095

  • Prices: from US$4,095
  • Region: The Americas
  • Activity: Adventure
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Project code: CAX

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.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from US$4,095

  • Prices: from US$4,095
  • Region: Asia
  • Activity: Adventure
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Project code: CCX

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.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from US$295

  • Prices: from US$295
  • Region: The Americas
  • Activity: Discount
  • Duration: 1 week +
  • Project code: CCL

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.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from US$445

  • Prices: from US$445
  • Region: The Americas
  • Activity: Marine
  • Duration: 1 week +
  • Project code: BZM

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.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from US$295

  • Prices: from US$295
  • Region: Europe
  • Activity: Marine
  • Duration: 1 week +
  • Project code: TRW

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.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from US$445

  • Prices: from US$445
  • Region: The Americas
  • Activity: Group
  • Duration: 1 week +
  • Project code: BMT

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