Gap year organisations
African Conservation Experience
Volunteering opportunities at wildlife conservation projects in southern Africa, including field research, work on game reserves and marine conservation.www.conservationafrica.net
Specialist tailor made trips in Africa, where you can help on wildlife conservation, medical, orphan care and teaching initiatives, join incredible overland trips and take wildlife management and game ranger courses.www.amanzitravel.co.uk
A wide range of volunteering opportunities with this UK charity and Madagascar-based NGO, on sustainable development projects.www.madagascar.co.uk
Short-term volunteering programmes in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America - options for families available.
Global Volunteer Network
Responsible, ethical and budget-friendly volunteer opportunities worldwide - a wide range of projects and roles is available.www.globalvolunteernetwork.org
Responsible and sustainable volunteer placements around the world.www.globalteer.org
Responsible and meaningful volunteer projects in Africa, specialising in matching volunteers with projects where they can make the most difference.
Kaya Responsible Travel
Sustainable, ethical volunteer placements in 24 countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa - courses in languages, diving and other activities available, plus special placements for couples.www.KayaVolunteer.com
A wide range of volunteering placements in 27 countries in the developing world, including teaching, orphanage work, conservation and medical programmes.www.projects-abroad.co.uk
Projects Abroad PRO
Volunteer placements for skilled and qualified professionals in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America.www.projects-abroad-pro.org
A youth and sustainable development charity that takes volunteers aged 17 - 75 on expeditions in Borneo, Costa Rica & Nicaragua or Tanzania.www.raleighinternational.org
Sunrise International Volunteer Program
Volunteer in a variety of placements throughout China - excursions, Mandarin lessons and cultural experiences also available.www.sunrint.com
A variety of flexible volunteer placements abroad, including teaching, sports, conservation, work internships and language and culture courses.www.travellersworldwide.com
Ski & snowboard career breaks in Whistler, Canada, including instructor courses (2 weeks to 5 months), improvement camps and off piste clinics.www.alltracksacademy.com
10-week ski and snowboard instructor courses for career breakers aged 18 to 65, to get you an internationally-recognised qualification.
Boat Building Academy
Learn practical skills on a beachfront sabbatical by joining an intensive, hands-on boat-building or woodworking course – career changers also welcome.www.boatbuildingacademy.com
Ski and snowboard instructor courses with a guaranteed job offer in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Japan.
Professional training and jobs for yachtmasters, superyacht crew, watersports and snowsports instructors.www.flyingfishonline.com
A range of ski and snowboard instructor courses and powder camps in Canada, France and New Zealand's best resorts - ideal for season-long stays and career breaks.www.nonstopsnow.com
Paid work support programmes in New Zealand, Canada and Australia, paid summer camp work in the USA and volunteer placements in Asia, Africa and the Americas.www.bunac.org.uk
Voluntary or paid work from 2 weeks to a year, including volunteering with animals, teaching English, medical placements, sports coaching, jobs in Canadian ski resorts and farm work in Australia.www.oysterworldwide.com
Get training and qualifications on the job while you work with children or in support roles on summer camps in Europe.www.pgl.co.uk/careerbreak
Teach & Learn Korea
Paid placements teaching English in South Korea for 6 or 12 months with cultural programmes, airfare, accommodation and other benefits included.http://talk.go.kr
Get your internationally-recognised TEFL qualification from this fully accredited provider of TEFL courses - free job placement service included.www.teflengland.co.uk
Over 50 unique North American road trips from 3 to 64 days - unique off-the-beaten-track adventure tours with tons of activities.www.trekamerica.co.uk