General information:

  • Gap-Year - Publisher of gap year guides and comprehensive online information about taking a gap year, including tips about how to stay safe and healthy, insurance, visas, hostels, travel companies, car hire and more.
  • Gapwork - Provides a search facility about projects in various countries, provides information about visas, insurance, safety issues, holiday jobs, accommodation and more. Includes student reviews.
  • Gapyear - Search facility about projects, including wide range of business and finance placements, message board, blogs & journals, international gap year and placement schemes and more.
  • Prospects - Information from the AGCAS 'Special Interest Series' on gap years.
  • Target Jobs - Gap year advice. 
  • Worldwide Volunteering - Database with over 1,000 organisations, suitable for age 16-35 (some older).

A-Z of organisers (not conclusive)

A - H

Abroad China  
Abroad China offers several programs, including internship programs, volunteer programs and study tours

ATD Fourth World
ATD is an anti-poverty organisation that engages with individuals and institutions to find solutions to eradicate extreme poverty. It offers volunteering opportunities both in the UK and overseas

AIESEC is a 60 year-old global organisation that develops students and recent graduates into leaders by running and participating in an international exchange program

Children's holiday camps in the UK

British Council
The British Council provides international placements for undergraduate scientists, engineers & architects through the IAESTE program

Opportunities range from the popular camp counselling programme, Summer Camp USA, and flexible work and travel programmes in Canada, the USA, Australia, and New Zealand to volunteering/teaching placements in Africa, South and Central America, South East Asia and China

Camp Counsellors USA 
CCUSA offers work in children's summer camps around the world

Cape Intern is a website with information and guidelines which can help you organise your own internship, volunteer work, student exchange or language course in Cape Town, South Africa

Coral Cay Conservation
Company providing a range of conservation themed expeditions

Cross Cultural Solutions 
CCS offer internships and volunteer placements in community initiatives across Africa, Asia and Latin America

An international environmental charity offering expeditions with an emphasis on helping the environment

Organisation that provides short and long term gap year programs

Global Vision
Providing links to charity-led conservation and community projects

Go Discover Abroad
Offers over 200 programmes in 40+ countries around the world. These include voluntours, internships, language learning courses, adventure tours, safaris, treks and more. 

I - P

i-to-i is one of the world's leading TEFL course and internship providers, running English government-regulated TEFL training and international placements for first time TEFL teachers plus a comprehensive TEFL jobs board.

Intro Travel
Gap Year opportunities available in Australia and South East Asia

IST Plus 
Programmes in English speaking countries or teaching in China & Thailand

KIYA Survivors  
Building educational centres for underprivileged children in Peru

Jobhero provides carefully selected resources that will help you learn about foreign countries of interest and locate a quality volunteer or job opportunity.

A charity specialising in volunteering for 17-25 year olds, who aim to provide unique experiences of voluntary work placements for young people from around the world

Lemongrass Volunteering 
A strictly not for profit volunteering organisation that specialises in placing volunteers on worthwhile and rewarding English teaching projects in Thailand

Mad Adventurer 
Community projects and adventure holidays around the world

Next Step 
Placements across a variety of professional areas in Shanghai, China

Oyster Worldwide
Oyster Worldwide is a well-regarded gap year travel and responsible travel specialist.

Projects Abroad 
Volunteering projects in developing countries across sectors such as medicine, care, teaching, conservation and jounalism

Q - Z

Raleigh International
Expeditions in Borneo, Costa Rica, Nicaragua or India

Real Gap Experience
Large gap year travel company offering wide range of programmes

Seed Madagascar 
A charity dedicated to environmental conservation and tackling poverty

Travellers Worldwide 
Wide range of world-wide projects

Conservation, teaching placements, expeditions

UNA Exchange 
Provide volunteering opportunities in community schemes across Wales as well as overseas

Venture Co. 
Adventure holidays for different age groups

Volunteer World
Comparison platform for international volunteer opportunities

Volunteering projects in international development