G+ YouTube Pinterest Instagram

Why Frontier? Non-profit, Ethical, Gap Year Travel


Frontier is a registered 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. As such, our projects are designed to transfer maximum benefit to our host communities in terms of economic and welfare gains, ecosystem regeneration, 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, 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 experiences we are able to achieve outcomes that are culturally appropriate and gender-sensitive.


As an organisation we are totally professional. We have, over the course of our 20-year history, established ourselves as the pre-eminent specialist research and development organisation in the UK. It is for these reasons that when organisations like WWF and DFID want targeted, highly efficient consulting done, they choose Frontier over any other organisation of our type. One of the ways that we maintain our competitive edge is that our staff come from varied educational and professional backgrounds and represent a strategic blend of accomplished skills and international experience that produces efficient, consequential results for our beneficiaries and meaningful, high-value experiences for our volunteers and clients.

Environmentally Responsible

We are an environmentally responsible organisation and strive to minimise the harmful environmental effects of our operation. To this end, we have made tremendous strides to reduce the amount of paper that we use in our offices. 2009 is an exciting year for us as we are in line to meet our target of reducing our paper consumption by two-thirds in the course of the year. Volunteers can expect to receive a far greater proportion of our correspondence and documentation electronically; a move that we feel reflects the demands of an increasingly computer-literate clientele. We also encourage our staff to use environment friendly methods of transportation to and from our offices and provide showers and secure facilities for bicycle storage. Further, we offset the carbon emissions of our business travel by subscribing to a Carbon Management Programme. Finally, we go to great lengths to conserve energy consumption in our office by curbing heating and cooling levels and lighting.

Publications & Reputation

As a scientific research organisation we are without equal in our field. We employ development professionals and experts in nearly every branch of the natural sciences and we have produced over 450 articles in well-known peer-reviewed journals, many of which can be downloaded from our website for free. Our findings have informed policymakers and academics the world over, leading to the establishment of national parks in Tanzania and Mozambique, and the creation of community-based organisations throughout the world. We offer a high standard of training to volunteers, staff, and beneficiaries. We assist the most deprived communities in developing sustainable alternative forms of income, delivering economic and social stability while improving the capacity of local stakeholders and building their confidence. In addition, we have built numerous visitor centres to educate local communities and we have held hundreds of environmental education and capacity building workshops.


Our reputation for building the careers of top conservation and development professionals is unprecedented. You can find ex-Frontier volunteers and staff at the highest levels of the world's leading institutions including the WWF, UN, IUCN, CI, Action Aid, FCO, DFID, and VSO. Last, we're the only gap year organisation to offer BTEC qualifications to our volunteers and local partners. This is an invaluable qualification for those seeking a professional career in development or conservation.