1. In Brief
New York, Paris, Milan, London. The reputation of being one of the worlds most famous cities does not come lightly and testament to this is the famous quote of one Samuel Johnson:
“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life,
for there is in London, all that life can afford.”
Whether it be visiting bustling markets and learning to speak cockney, sampling the delights of world famous museums, discovering the latest fashions of East London or simply dancing the night away in Soho, in truth there is something for everyone in this vibrant and lively city.
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Experience life living and working in central London whilst furthering your own career prospects within the competitive world of conservation and international development.
Experience life in the fast lane whilst developing your skills within conservation and development
Expand your personal network and broaden your horizons
Make lifelong friends and forge unforgettable memories
Researching & writing articles for publications
Working on social media campaigns
Analysing research data from field projects
Promoting the NGOs activities at marketing events across the UK
Contribute towards peer reviewed scientific research papers
Helping the Overseas Operations Department run the worldwide volunteering programmes
Airport pick up and arrival
London based hostel
Before you go
Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Project orientation & training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up
Free Frontier t-shirt
A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.
PADI DIVE TRAINING
On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!
Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.
Find out more about PADI qualifications.
2. The project
WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
Frontier was established in 1989 and is a non-profit conservation and development non-governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystem integrity and building sustainable livelihoods for marginalised communities in the world's poorest countries. The early projects were located in Tanzania, one of the world's poorest countries, where field teams carried out groundbreaking surveys in remote forest, savannah, and marine environments building a comprehensive picture of areas of international importance for biodiversity conservation.
Originally focused largely on scientific and conservation research, Frontier's mandate rapidly evolved to encompass community development, capacity building, ecosystem protection, sustainable economic growth, and the development of civil society. This reflected a fundamental belief that the only way to create a mutually-beneficial relationship between man and the environment is to address both human and environmental needs. Today, Frontier projects run the gamut of community development, educational, wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, humanitarian and research and conservation projects in 50 different countries worldwide. The holistic approach originally pioneered by Frontier has subsequently been adopted as an example of best practice by conservation workers and development professionals in government agencies and NGOs worldwide.
Today Frontier continues to operate over 300 volunteering projects worldwide, making a positive impact upon thousands of local communities and conserving the world's most endangered species.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Throughout the duration of your internship you will be based at our head offices in London, helping to support our ongoing work. There are two internship schemes available and all placements will be dependent upon your own previous skills and experience as well as the prior approval of your most up-to-date CV.
Internship placements available:
Media, Marketing and Online Journalism
Conservation & Research
Overseas Operational Support
The kinds of activities that you may find yourself involved in include (but are not limited to); writing articles for a wide range of social and published media, carrying out vox-pops interviews, video editing, events management, coordinating field re-supply or even amalgamating scientific data to produce reports. You will be involved within a wide range of activities supporting the continuation of our worldwide volunteering programmes, allowing you to develop your own transferable skills and experience within a UK-based international non-profit organisation, whilst fully immersing yourself within London life.
Find out more about life as an intern at Frontier.
Please be aware that the cost of your daily travel from your accommodation to our Shoreditch based office is not included in the cost of your project.
3. What to expect
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
You will be met upon arrival at Heathrow airport by a friendly staff member from Frontier and taken to your accommodation via public transport. Please aim to arrive on the first Monday of the month between the hours of 10am-3pm. The following day you will report to the Frontier head office for 10am where the local staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Your project coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise so that you will feel at home in no time!
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
You will be staying in a popular, vibrant hostel throughout the duration of your placement. Rooms will be dormitory style shared accommodation and most of all clean and comfortable with access to all modern facilities and amenities in the centre of London. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know other fellow travellers and build the kind of friendships and experiences that stay with you for life. Please talk to a travel advisor if you would like to make your own arrangements for your accommodation.
WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
A great aspect of this amazing project is that it is self-catering. This is a fun element of travelling away from home as it gives you that added freedom and is a good opportunity to bond with fellow travellers while exploring local restaurants and market stalls! Like any global city, London is a melting pot for an incredible variety of cuisines. From the quirky to the traditional you will have no problem finding places to suit your taste, you might even stumble upon some new ones of your own! Whether you’re after the traditional fish and chips, sophisticated Georgian tea rooms or the trendy café bars of Shoreditch, you’ll find everything within easy access. Why not wonder down to China town in Soho, or sample the street food on Brick Lane, it could all be in a days work for you throughout this incredible internship!
In your spare time the city is all yours! London is a global city of many worlds, but still quintessentially British with black cabs and big red buses, tea rooms and pubs. Effortlessly go from chic European eateries and markets to bustling after dark cutting edge clubs. Steeped in history, London still possesses the narrow alleys and winding streets that gives it so much unique character. Spend a day cycling between the many free galleries and museums, stop off at Covent Garden to grab some fresh deli food and peruse the market stalls or catch a show in the West End. During your evenings why not take a stroll down the south bank and take in the famous skyline of the London eye or end your evening by heading out to any one of the live music venues or cocktail bars.
If you are keen to venture further a field your in-country project coordinator will be more than happy to help advise you on how best to take a trip to the seaside to check out Brighton pier, visit William Shakespeare’s birthplace, the enigmatic Stratford-upon-Avon or even take on a bigger challenge by taking a hike in the beautiful Lake District! Whatever your desire, get ready to fall in love with quaint old England.
7. Dates and Costs
4 weeks w/accommodation
4 weeks w/o accommodation
Please aim to arrive on the first Monday of the month
4 weeks minimum
Longer durations available, please enquire
Six month internship placements are also available free of charge however you would be responsible for covering your own living costs. Read more about current long term internship opportunities.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.
We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email email@example.com
For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:
Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.
You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the
project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check
to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration
of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best
to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project.
Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.
Your insurance should include the following:
- Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
- Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
- Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).
If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up
to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider
obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to
do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain
cover for your baggage and personal effects.
8. How to apply
To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.
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