Gap Year Options


AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc

Provides intercultural learning opportunities abroad with the aim of promoting a more just and peaceful world.   


American Gap Year

The American Gap association develops a variety of resources for the benefit of Gap Year providers, students of Gap Year programs and for educational counselors.  



In return for serving the United States in humanitarian, educational, or environmental endeavors, students get awards they can use for paying off college loans or scholarships while they are in college.


Audubon Expedition Institute 

A traveling graduate and undergraduate school that transforms students into inspired, compassionate environmental leaders and activists. The program is a collaborative effort between Audubon Expedition Institute, Lesley University, and the Audubon Society.


Center for Interim Programs

Offering creative Gap Year opportunities working one on one with individuals of all ages to tailor a combination of program options that match interests, needs and goals.


City Year 

Putting idealism to work, City Year, an AmeriCorps program, is a national service organization that unites young adults, ages 17 to 24, from diverse racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds for a demanding year of full-time community service, leadership development, and civic engagement.


Dynamy Internship Year  

Dynamy is a one-year program for students graduating from high school and looking for a way to find direction before going to college.


Global Quest International Semester Programs   

Twelve week semester programs in Thailand and other developing countries for high school seniors and students between high school and college: an international adventure in learning.


Global Programs 

An international educational service organization offering study and teaching abroad opportunities.


Global Works

Many students travel abroad to volunteer or simply experience a new culture, while others spend time improving their communities at home.  


Go Abroad 

Directory guide for study abroad, language schools, internships, and international volunteer programs.


Institute for Village Studies 

Non-profit educational organization providing learning experiences through service and exploration in developing nations.


Lattitude Global Volunteering

More than 40,000 young people have volunteered overseas with Lattitude in the last 40 years.  Our mission is to develop and educate young people worldwide.


LEAPYEAR is a great way to start your adulthood.  It challenges you to answer the call so you can fulfill your unique purpose in living.  


National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)  

NOLS is a wilderness education school offering expedition length courses in eight countries.


Outward Bound Costa Rica

Outward Bound Costa Rica's expedition-based gap year programs are ideal for recent high school graduates looking to test their tenacity and cultivate their personal leadership style in the unique tropical wilderness of Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua. Academic credit available for those who apply.


School for Field Studies, Environmental Field Studies Abroad 

Offers environmental field studies in Australia, Canada, Kenya, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the British West Indies. 

Since 1995, has provided the most comprehensive search and up-to-date online listings of language and study abroad programs. This site includes thousands of listings for hundreds of programs worldwide, as well as financial aid information and the study abroad handbook.


The Center of Interim Programs  

Founded in 1980, with offices in Massachusetts and Colorado, Interim is a service that enables people to pursue structured alternatives to formal education or work by matching clients’ interests with over 2,500 internships, volunteer positions, and cultural study programs worldwide.


The Experiment in International Living 

An international non-profit organization promoting intercultural learning through home stays, educational group travel, study abroad, language training, au pair, and other cultural immersion programs.


Time Out Associates 

A service that works for individual clients to search for options for summers, semesters, and full-year experiences. Clients include high school students seeking alternatives, high school graduates, college students, and graduates looking for a break before entering the work force.


World Learning 

Global Education, Study Abroad, International Development, Teacher Education—provides details of the nonprofit’s overseas educational training programs. Includes job opportunities and contact information.