Where does my Money go?
Frontier strives to be transparent about how your contribution is spent. We understand you've worked hard to raise the funds for your project and we think you're entitled to know how we spend it. Whilst it's impossible to give you an exact breakdown in each individual case, we can give you an idea about the type of things your contribution goes towards.
Not for Profit
We are one of the only organisations operating in the field of ethical and gap year travel which is a not for profit company. This means that volunteer contributions do not end up in shareholders' pockets; nor do we buy company cars, rent trendy offices or appoint flashy public relations consultants or advertising agencies.
As a not for profit company we allocate your funds to:
- the essential costs associated with running our internationally renowned projects
- the upkeep of our modest office
- researching and developing new projects
- building partnerships with developing country NGOs
- highlighting threats to endangered wildlife and habitats
- developing the skills and capacity of our hardworking and popular teams of field staff
Because we don't have to allocate profits to shareholders, we're able to invest more in project development and are able to offer you an unparalleled selection of top quality opportunities at the most competitive prices – no other organisation comes close. We can also invest more in our existing projects, providing them with better resources, the best staff and equipment and widening the scope of their activities and improving their impact.
As the pioneer of eco-volunteering and ethical gap year travel, we have been approached by many organisations over the years for assistance with conservation and humanitarian projects across the globe. The needs of these organisations vary from project to project. They may require funding or resources, additional man power in the form of hard-working, carefully selected volunteers, specialist skills or perhaps they simply need to build awareness of their activities by advertising themselves internationally. At Frontier, we're very careful about the organisations and projects we partner with and you can be confident that all projects supported by us meet our highest standards and endorse our mission.
Without Frontier's international standing, wealth of experience and support, many of these small scale local community-run projects would find it hard to promote themselves internationally and would fail to reach new and enthusiastic audiences. They would be unable to develop and extend their valuable and often highly innovative programmes and many worthy causes would fall by the wayside. By working with these host country organisations, we can give them a chance to flourish while at the same time offering volunteers a wide range of exciting projects and adventures in new environments with diverse cultures and languages.
As well as offering competitive rates to our volunteers, we also ensure that our partners receive a fair payment to cover their project costs and we work hard to provide partners with additional benefits such as our expertise in marketing where we apply the knowledge developed over 20 years of working in the eco-volunteering and ethical gap year travel sector.
As a Frontier volunteer, you'll receive the benefit of expert advice from our dedicated team of experienced gap year travel advisors who will help you find the perfect project. You'll receive pre-departure support and guidance from our professional volunteer co-ordinators and regional managers and once travelling you'll have the reassurance of emergency support and backup from our field teams and 24/7 international emergency support. Our status as a not for profit organisation means we provide better value to you than other providers whilst at the same time passing on more of the contribution to the project itself.
Just remember if you choose to volunteer with Frontier part of your project fee goes towards covering the cost of us doing this organising for you. For more information read What do I Get for My Money?
Frontier works for and with our local partners, building awareness and recognition of their excellent projects, promoting their achievements and working with them to broadcast project outputs and extend project goals.
Frontier only works with partners who have been carefully selected and meet our high quality standards. We are truly proud to work with every one of our partners and they are of us!
"Without working with Frontier, we simply wouldn't have been able to help the amount of disadvantaged children that we have."
India Street Children Partner
"Partnering with an international organisation such as Frontier has enabled us to draw from people with wide-ranging and varied skills, hard to find locally."
Nepal Community Work Partner
"The professional way in which Frontier's volunteers have helped us conduct our research has really improved understanding of the Sea Turtles we so dearly want to protect."
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation Partner
When you join one of our projects, your contribution will go towards developing and sustaining that project. Although we keep all project costs to an absolute minimum, we always ensure that value for money is not achieved by compromising on your health and safety, such as by purchasing inferior quality technical equipment for our diving projects, contracting poor quality services for camps or by selecting inappropriate staff for the project.
Most of our Group projects have research, conservation and development components and most have separate teaching activities. As an international conservation and development agency Frontier is without equal in our field. Three of the Frontier Group projects encompass major, internationally recognised, marine conservation and dive training programmes.
To run these programmes, we employ professional dive instructors, scientists and development workers who have been through a rigorous selection process. They all demonstrate a proven track record as field workers and have excellent academic, diving or project management credentials and/or qualifications.
Equipment & Services
We've given you a brief outline of expenses to which your contribution maybe applied below. It obviously depends on which project you choose and not all projects will have every item:
HQ & Camp Costs:
- Overseas office rental & overheads
- Project site rental
- Safety kit
- Medical kit
- Medical supplies
- Camp equipment
- pots & pans
- other cooking equipment
- jerry cans
- Building materials
- Computer accessories
- Satellite phones
- Radio phones
- Mobile phones
- Vehicle maintenance
- Parts & consumables for vehicles
- Vehicle rental
- General scientific equipment
- specimen bags
- butterfly nets
- insect traps
- canopy traps
- camera traps
- Sherman traps
- Scientific consumables
- Field guides
- Equipment manuals
- Science equipment rental
- Outboard motors
- Diving equipment
- oxygen kits
- service kits
- waterproof cases
- Dive training materials
- Marine equipment rental
Permits, Fees & Miscellaneous:
- Research Permits
- Work permits
- Park & reserve fees
Part of your contribution will also go towards the following overseas or in-country expenses:
- Airport pickup/drop off
- Ground transfers
- In-transit accommodation
- Project accommodation
- Training, briefing & orientation
- Basic project materials
- In-country emergency support
- 24-hour international HQ emergency support
- Partner organisation office costs, overheads & fees
As with any organisation, we must spend a certain amount of money on office costs. We only have one international HQ in a small building in London and we strive to get the best value out of everything we buy – for example we use every computer for as long as possible and after they are no longer suitable for intensive office use they are refurbished and sent to our field camps and project sites where further use can be made of them.
Here's a list of some of the expenses incurred in keeping Frontier up and running:
Running of the Office
- Office rental & overheads taxes
- Communications costs
- satellite communications
- radios & radio phones
- postage and couriers
- Office equipment
- Software licences
- Office consumables
- light bulbs
- printer cartridges
London HQ Staff
- Travel carbon offsetting
- Training & development
Marketing & Promotions
- Brochure & leaflet production
- Print advertising
- Web marketing
- Website development & maintenance
- Open days
- University, college & school presentations
- Trade Fairs
- Careers Fairs
- Project Development Research & development for existing & new projects
- Liaising with project donors, counterparts & stakeholders
- Training Events Volunteer training weekends
- TEFL training sessions
So to Sum Up!
We hope that by now you'll have a better idea of how we use your hard-earned money and we hope that you'll approve of the decisions we've made to make our expenditure more efficient and environmentally and socially sustainable.
Although it's difficult to give you an exact figure, somewhere between 30% and 100% of your contribution will be applied directly to supporting your overseas project through financial support. We also provide non-financial contributions to these projects. Each project's requirements are different – some need minimal support, whilst others need staff, scientific expertise and/or equipment. With your contribution, we can cater for all these needs, and we can help these projects reach the global market.
With our wealth of experience developed over more than 20 years and with our dedicated project development team, we are able to source the very best, the most valuable and most worthwhile projects for you to support.