Real People – Real Problems – Real Change
An experiential learning experience that positively & sustainably impacts a challenged community whilst developing a students’ personal growth and character and gives real-life value of service to academic studies and life.
R4G Frontline Trips develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
What’s different about R4G Frontline Trips?
Frontline Trips are based on the insights, experience and philosophy of our Founder.
Based on Real Life Experience and Insight
Two decades of living and working on the frontline as an international humanitarian aid worker, our Founders frontline work has taken her to the far corners of the world and to some of the most challenging places on earth, from the deserts of the Sahara, to the snowy Himalayas and the Amazonian jungle.
No voluntourism, : we don’t paint a school or dig a ditch.
No white savourism, : we don’t do projects just to make us feel good.
Frontline Trips facilitate high impact and sustainable projects based on the needs of the community.
The community connection and the model of uplift, ‘a hand up not a hand out’ has been developed and refined over 20 years. The goal to restore independence, self – esteem and dignity through sustainable livelihood recovery in the aftermath of natural disasters such as tsunami, earthquakes, floods, and typhoons, or for vulnerable communities in challenged and remote areas.
“This was the trip of a lifetime for my daughter. Absolutely astounding what they were able to witness and so lovely that the girls threw themselves into it. An experience that will have a lasting impact on them all. Thank you so much for taking them and for all the hard work that went into it from Linda and her amazing team”.
Students Innovation, critical and creative thinking skills used to help solve real life problems with immediate implementation and impact
The students are immersed in a vulnerable community where they are challenged to use their intelligence, innovation, problem solving, critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problem, exercising initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
Students develop their entrepreneurial and leadership skills by tackling real-life challenges facing the community. After extensive dialogue with the village leaders livelihood recovery solutions and new business ideas are implemented before the students leave the village enabling those involved to appreciate the immediate impact of their empathy and understanding.
Travel – a powerful tool of personal development.
Watch the students experience:
Race4Good Nepal, Redmaids High School UK
These Frontline Trips facilitate understanding and open mindedness through direct, personal interaction with communities; village elders, youth leaders, health workers, local teachers & religious leaders. The participants develop a genuine understanding of cultural identity, tradition and problems and be able to critically evaluate the values and ideals of others in relation to their own.
This frontline experience opens a deep and real understanding of the UN SDG’s & a real dialogue of global challenges, from human trafficking to poverty.
“Redmaids High School Alumna Linda Cruse perfectly embodies our school values and ethos. We need more global citizens with her drive, commitment and knowledge if we are to tackle international challenges relating to health, education and poverty. This is why we are delighted she’s working closely with us, running highly-educational, overseas humanitarian trips for our students. Together, we aim to develop the leaders of the future”.
“I recently started my Master’s degree studying the anthropology of development and social transformation, after completing an undergraduate degree in anthropology. My interest in development and humanitarian aid has been hugely shaped by yourself and the things I learnt whilst on a Frontline experience in Nepal. Working alongside you demonstrated the many merits of humanitarian aid, as well as the ways that it can be improved upon by fully involving those we aim to help. This knowledge has followed me through to my Master’s degree, providing me with a desire to improve the development sector by centring those in need, rather than ourselves, as you so wonderfully exemplify. The Frontline experience we shared was so inspirational and continues to inspire me now, years later!”
Community Led Service
The needs of the community are the priority. Ethical service is key to all FT activities. We partner with grass-root organisations and local teams. The rights, dignity and autonomy of all those involved respected at all times.
Our aim for students is to:
> Get to know themselves
> Immerse themselves in another culture
> Experience extreme empathy
> Step out of their comfort zone
> Play a part in meaningful high impact service
> Engage with issues of global significance
> Gain a deep understanding of the ethics of choices and actions
> See the benefits of working collaboratively.
> Embrace meaningful reflection through challenges set before during and after
> Leave a legacy
> Have FUN
Who is it for?
Junior Frontline Experience – Students 13 – 15 yrs
Senior Frontline Experience – Students 16- 18 yrs
For all schools who seek a genuine immersive high impact meaningful service experience. FT helps to achieve the goals of IB – CAS trips, D of E and Outward Bound.
Watch the students experience:
Linda Cruse: Be The Change – Redmaids School Nepal 2018