Gap year organisations

This list of gap year and career break organisations has been approved by the strictest vetting process in the industry, so you can contact them with confidence.

Volunteer

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

Amanzi Travel

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

Azafady

A wide range of volunteering opportunities with this UK charity and Madagascar-based NGO, on sustainable development projects.

www.madagascar.co.uk

Cross-Cultural Solutions

Short-term volunteering programmes in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America - options for families available.

www.crossculturalsolutions.org

Friends for Asia

Varied and meaningful volunteer placements and internships in Thailand, from 2 weeks to several months.

http://www.volunteerthailand.org

Global Volunteer Network

Responsible, ethical and budget-friendly volunteer opportunities worldwide - a wide range of projects and roles is available.

www.globalvolunteernetwork.org

Globalteer

Responsible and sustainable volunteer placements around the world.

www.globalteer.org

Helping Kenya

Responsible and meaningful volunteer projects in Africa, specialising in matching volunteers with projects where they can make the most difference.

www.helpingkenya.com

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

Projects Abroad

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

Raleigh

Expeditions and volunteer placements in Borneo, Costa Rica & Nicaragua or Tanzania with a wide range of roles for volunteer managers.

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

Travellers Worldwide

A variety of flexible volunteer placements abroad, including teaching, sports, conservation, work internships and language and culture courses.

www.travellersworldwide.com

VSO

www.vso.org.uk/volunteering

Learn

ALLTRACKS Academy

Ski & snowboard career breaks in Whistler, Canada, including instructor courses (2 weeks to 5 months), improvement camps and off piste clinics.

www.alltracksacademy.com

Altitude Futures

10-week ski and snowboard instructor courses for career breakers aged 18 to 65, to get you an internationally-recognised qualification.

www.altitude-futures.com

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

Educating Adventures

Ski and snowboard instructor courses with a guaranteed job offer in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Japan.

www.easkiandsnowboard.com

Flying Fish

Professional training and jobs for yachtmasters, superyacht crew, watersports and snowsports instructors.

www.flyingfishonline.com

Nonstop Snow

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

Work

BUNAC

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

Oyster Worldwide

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

International Academy

www.international-academy.com

TEFL

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

TEFL Org UK

Get your internationally-recognised TEFL qualification from this fully accredited provider of TEFL courses - free job placement service included.

http://www.tefl.org.uk

Travel

Trek America

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

Tucan Travel

www.tucantravel.com