Feb-mester Resources & Planning Ideas

A "Febmester" is your time to volunteer, travel, work, or try something new! Below is a listing of just a few of the infinite possibilities that you can explore to create an experience that is unique to your personal interests!




Global Volunteers

Global Volunteers is a private, non-profit, non-sectarian, non-governmental organization engaging short-term volunteers on micro-economic and human development programs in close partnership with local people worldwide. Working at the invitation and under the direction of local leaders, volunteers help create a foundation for world peace through mutual international understanding. Our purpose is to maintain a genuine, sustained service partnership with the host community and provide volunteers a genuine opportunity to serve.

Foundation for Sustainable Development

FSD partners with more than 300 community-based organizations throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America to support sustainable change. Our development model relies on active community participation to mobilize lasting solutions. While respecting local value systems, we partner with local leaders to build networks and collaborate on community-driven approaches to development issues.


NGOabroad is a unique service that helps you enter or advance in international humanitarian work & provides frugal, customized international volunteer opportunities


Study Abroad:

Each year, a handful of Febs decide to study abroad at another institution before arriving at Middlebury in February. This can be a rewarding and enriching experience for students wishing to spend time overseas. Please note that there are some factors to consider regarding the transfer of credit to your Middlebury transcript. Please consult our Feb Guide to Transfer Credit and Study Abroad for more specifics and resources.


International and Cross-Cultural:


ARCC Gap: Semester Programs

ARCC Gap Semester programs take students on a journey of discovery of local peoples, places, cultures and ideas. "Along the way we weave together these experiences with a curriculum comprising five important themes: Public Health, Literacy & Education, Urbanization and the Movement of People, Environment & Conservation, and Microfinance & Economic Growth. ARCC Gap Programs focus on personal growth in a small group setting of no more than 12 students in an immersive goal-driven leadership focused environment."


AMIGOS de las Américas

AMIGOS operates quality, youth-led programs throughout the Americas which improve the health and well-being of millions. Supported by a vigorous network of Pan-American chapters and partner agencies and a sound financial base, youth from diverse backgrounds and from throughout the Americas challenge themselves and expand their world view by participating in self-directed, meaningful service with communities different from their own.


Art History Abroad

The aim of all AHA‘s courses is to enjoy Italy, see a wealth of beautiful art while having fun. Our courses will truly expand your horizons. We draw connections between art history, philosophy, music, literature and history making our courses about European Civilization.


Cross-Cultural Solutions

Cross-Cultural Solutions provides international volunteering programs worldwide. "Our global infrastructure supports thousands of international volunteers each year and over 250 sustainable community initiatives. More than 250 CCS in-country staff members are working year-round, ensuring that you are volunteering with a project that interests you and is contributing directly to the goals of each community."

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange)

"A nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, CIEE is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization. Since 1947, CIEE has helped thousands of people gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world by offering the most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange programs available." Gap semester programs available. 

El Casal 

El Casal offers gap semester programs in Barcelona, Spain combining travel, excursions and day trips, Spanish language courses, cultural activities, community service and cultural exchange opportunities. 

Pacific Discovery

Pacific Discovery offers semester educational travel programs abroad. "Our programs blend meaningful and challenging experiential travel, cultural immersion, personal and leadership development, outdoors and wilderness exploration, volunteer and community service projects, ethical travel and sustainability focus, and transferable academic credit options."

Where There Be Dragons

"Dragons programs are authentic, rugged and profound learning adventures that expose the beautiful and complex realities of the countries in which we travel. Featuring extended itineraries, Dragons programs encourage deep immersion into strikingly different physical and cultural landscapes, combining the best in experiential education, travel, service learning, and physically and intellectually challenging experiences."


Outdoors and the Environment:


Earthwatch Institute

Earthwatch expeditions are ongoing research projects confronting critical, current issues, run by qualified and respected members of the scientific community. Topics span a wide range of scientific study including climate change, endangered species, history of civilizations, sustainable development, and the state of the oceans.


High Mountain Institute - HMI Gap

HMI Gap semesters are designed to be a unique and refreshing break from our busy world; an uninterrupted journey of adventure, self-discovery, and growth. With rock climbing and wilderness travel focused programs in Patagonia and the American West, students spend three months traveling to some of the world's wildest places, gain independence as outdoor adventurers, and give back by getting their hands dirty helping with real-world conservation projects. We emphasize building a strong, intentional community, where students make lasting friendships with people who encourage them to reach their full potential. $1,000 scholarships are available for Middlebury students.

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

A non-profit educational organization teaching technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics. Courses range from a few weeks to an academic year in locations from Wyoming to Mexico to India.


Middlebury School of the Environment

Middlebury College’s School of the Environment is a 6-week summer environmental studies program in Vermont which combines traditional course work, field studies, and leadership training to help students prepare for a life of meaning.The program combines one of the best environmental studies programs in the United States with our renowned intensive summer program methodology. Guided by national environmental leaders, students receive environmental leadership training and build a tool kit of career skills. Students collaborate in research teams to work on real world sustainability challenges.

SEA Semester at Woods Hole

SEA Semester offers field programs in marine and environmental studies for Boston University credit combining coursework in Woods Hole followed by a sailing research voyage on one of SEA’s tall ships in the Atlantic, Pacific, or Caribbean.

Worldwide Opportunities in Organic Farming (WWOOF)

Organic farms around the world receive volunteers and offer training and lodging in exchange for work in the garden or on the farm.


Consulting Resources:


Interim Programs

Interim works one-on-one with individuals of all ages to design a combination of program options that match interests, needs, and goals. They guide people through the process of identifying reputable placements, securing those placements, and adjusting to the changes that inevitably take place as individuals take on new experiences.

Taylor The Gap

With over thirty years of social work expertise, Marion Taylor '79, provides personalized advice to student "gappers" hoping to take a gap semester or year. Gap Year opportunities include: Volunteer/Community Service, Academic/Post-Graduate Study, Work/Internships, Travel/Language Immersion, Environmental/Conservation Programs, and Wilderness/Adventure Programs, all of which are available both overseas as well as nationally.



American Gap Association

The American Gap Association is an accreditation and standards-setting organization for Gap Years that is recognized as such by the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.


Books on Taking Time Off:

Gap Year Guidebook 2010. Wendy Bosberry-Scott.  2010.

Gap Year: How Delaying College Changes People in Ways the World Needs. Joseph O'Shea. 2013

Jobs in the Sun: Gap Year and Career-Break Opportunities. By Charles Davey. 2006.

Lonely Planet The Gap Year Book.  By Joe Bindloss, Charlotte Hindle, and Andrew Dean Nystrom. 2005.

Lonely Planet The Big Trip.  2015.

Planning Your Gap Year: Hundreds of Opportunities for Employment, Study, Volunteer Work and Independent Travel. By Nick Vandome.  2005.

The Complete Guide to the Gap Year: The Best Things to Do Between High School and College. By Kristin M. White. 2009.

Your Gap Year: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Year Out the Adventure of a Lifetime. By Susan Griffith. 2010.

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