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.
Learn Mandarin and experience history and culture through a gap year in China. Live the Language offeres four programs for students on a gap year.
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.
The High Mountain Institute is a small, educational non-profit located in Colorado. Programs combine wilderness education with intellectual inquiry. The HMI Gap is a semester of adventure, exploration, and conservation in the rugged American West and wild Patagonia. The semester integrates a high-level rock climbing and wilderness curriculum coupled with environmental field studies and service.
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.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.