Gap Year Resources and Descriptions:
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.
Since 1947, CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange, has been in pursuit of its mission, "to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world."
Cross-Cultural Solutions is widely known as the leading organization in the field of international volunteering.
Our volunteer programs are unique in every way. 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. No other short-term international volunteer program has such a global presence and community-centered approach toward volunteering abroad.
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.
Himalayan Connections provides programs that engage with the cultures, religions, and environments of the Himalayan region of Sikkim; promote cross-cultural understanding through service, internships, homestays, and exchange; and to cultivate personal well-being through mindfulness and mindful travel.
NGOabroad is a unique service that helps you enter or advance in international humanitarian work & provides frugal, customized international volunteer opportunities.
TBB’s Global Gap Year and Ecuador Gap Semester are designed for students who are serious about creating change. Each program immerses you in communities around the globe to learn about the world’s greatest challenges. By living with multiple home stay families, exploring a variety of topics, and engaging in a powerful curriculum, you’ll gain knowledge of both local issues and global solutions. As part of a group of 16 students and 3 teachers, you’ll receive structured mentoring to become a proactive agent of change.
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.
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.
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.
Organic farms around the world receive volunteers and offer training and lodging in exchange for work in the garden or on the farm.
Interim has designed creative gap-year opportunities for more than 5,700 people of all ages and built relationships with organizations worldwide. Their database encompasses over 5,600 program opportunities. Interim works one-on-one with individuals of all ages to tailor 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.
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. 1st Edition 2008.
Planning Your Gap Year: Hundreds of Opportunities for Employment, Study, Volunteer Work and Independent Travel. Nick Vandome. 2005.
The Complete Guide to the Gap Year: The Best Things to Do Between High School and College. Kristin M. White. 2009.
Your Gap Year: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Year Out the Adventure of a Lifetime. Susan Griffith. 2010.