Frontier gets volunteers to places where no other organisation has been. Without your input as a Frontier volunteer local communities would be deprived of the benefit of the many different skills and services which Frontier volunteers can bring. By volunteering with Frontier, you really can be a positive influence on the lives of people from a very different culture and background.
On most of our teaching projects, you can obtain a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate, and the cost is often included in your contribution to Frontier. The TEFL training helps you to teach basic English anywhere in the world. To find out more, see TEFL Certificate
Alternatively, you can sign up for our new and exclusive, internationally recognised, BTEC Advanced Certificate in Teaching English as Foreign Language, a level 3 qualification which is accredited by the examining board Edexcel.
If you volunteer on a South African project you can obtain a FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa) accredited field guide qualification. The FGASA Field Guide Level 1 certificate is your first step into a job in the wildlife guiding industry! To find out more, see FGASA Qualification
We have teamed up with ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) to give you the chance to earn an extra 70 UCAS points! Gain a Certificate of Personal Effectiveness Level 3 (CoPE) on any of our Frontier Partner projects for just £50. To find out more, see CoPE Qualification
Travelling around a country is not the same as spending 4 weeks or so in one area living and working within the local community. You'll grow to appreciate the culture and traditions of the people, understand their way of life, and gain a good understanding of the local language. With our projects, you're sure to integrate yourself with the local community and gain valuable and extraordinary experiences. The only problem is, you'll never want to leave!
University admissions tutors, and most companies, believe students who have taken a structured gap year benefit more from university life and make better, more settled and enterprising employees. By achieving a qualification at the same time, they'll be even more impressed, and your resume will only get stronger and make it to the top of the pile.
Frontier has teamed up with a wide variety of local partners around the world. The common theme is that they each provide placements which are of genuine benefit to the local community whilst being a source of a sense of achievement and enjoyment for the volunteer.
Frontier's partner organisations are chosen carefully after extensive research into their aims, values and activities. All partner organisations are required to submit detailed documentation, including full risk assessments, before partnership agreements can be signed. We also ensure we have received a minimum number of references from previous volunteers and/or other organisations with whom the prospective partner works. It is important to us that our partners understand and endorse Frontier's mission and that we are working towards common goals. It also means that Frontier can provide a safe environment for our volunteers to work in.
Once both parties are happy with the proposed work program and all other terms, a written agreement, setting out the respective roles and responsibilities of Frontier and the partner organisation, is signed.
For more information on some of our partner organisations, see Partners & More or read our Teaching and Community Development Newsletter