Gap Year Organisations, Not-for-Profit

Tarantula on Jim's arm, Peru, South America

Jim in Peru’s Amazon Rainforest.

Not-for-Profit Gap Year organisations

Gap Year organisations: Volunteer World

Volunteer World connects with more than 1, 400 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in 80+ countries in fields such as: environmental and marine conservation; teaching/education/school psychology; medical internships;  animal & wildlife research. They say their mission is to ensure fairness, independence and high quality within the meaningful travel industry. The platform is easy to use.

Gap Year organisations: British Exploring

British Exploring is a youth development charity which is committed to inspiring the next generation of young explorers from a diverse range of backgrounds. Some example trips in 2015 are 3-5 weeks in the Peruvian Amazon; 3-5 weeks in Ladakh, Indian Himalayas; Iceland; Romania and a Trainee Leader Programme.
We work with world leaders in exploration and are backed by some of the most notable personalities in adventure, science and media from around the world. Our Patron Network includes Bear Grylls, Jack Harries, Ben Fogle, Hannah White, Richard Branson with David Attenborough an honorary member and our patron in chief, HRH Prince Andrew.

Gap Year organisations: Quest Overseas

Quest Overseas has provided team-based volunteer projects and expeditions for young people in Africa and South America since 1996.
All volunteer projects are part of a long-term development plan in collaboration with local NGO partners and communities. We strive to ensure the work our students undertake is sustainable and that it will have a positive lasting impact. Through our UK registered charity, Quest4Change we have raised over £1. 5m for our projects.
Through the completion of a worthwhile projects students are challenged to work together and immerse themselves in new, unfamiliar cultures. Trained leaders help facilitate each individual’s personal development – improving key communication, leadership and teamwork skills.
Quest is also externally assessed as compliant with British Standard 8848, a rigorous assessment of safe operational practices within the youth expedition industry.

More Gap Year organisations

Community Service Volunteers  was founded by the same people that founded Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). The aim is to involve young people aged 16-35 in voluntary service in the UK, to enrich the lives of volunteers and those they help and to generate social change; we are now the UK’s largest volunteering and training charity.

Lattitude is a charity that specialises in Gap Year volunteering for 17-25 year-olds. We are passionately concerned about the world and the issues facing us all. Above all, we are concerned about having a positive impact on the communities in which we volunteer. Lattitude Volunteers are not tourists. They immerse themselves in local culture, become members of the community, step outside their comfort zone and achieve something unique and experience life, living and new horizons.

Blue Ventures – an award winning UK-based not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to facilitating projects that enhance global coral reef conservation and research, offering opportunities to volunteers to contribute to coral reef research.

TCV Trust for Conservation Volunteers has a successful history of environmental conservation volunteering throughout the UK and around the world.

Greenforce – Global Volunteering and Gap Year Expeditions. Undertake wildlife conservation, volunteer overseas, gain ski or expedition leader qualifications, jungle trek or simply have an unforgettable gap year. Greenforce projects contribute directly to local communities and aid them through teaching, research and development. Greenforce also offers a number of specialised conservation programmes. Trekforce centres on adventurous and extreme treks that challenge and reward participants. Medforce, Ozforce, Skiforce and Careergap each have their own unique approach to creating your perfect gap year opportunity.

Project Trust has four main objectives:
– To give young people the opportunity to learn about a wider community than that in which they have lived so far, in a country with a different culture to their own, and for a length of time which enables them to appreciate the complete cycle of the seasons.
– To let them learn to use their imagination and skills by undertaking work which they may never have done before, to take up new interests and to utilise their initiative and resourcefulness to help others.
– To return with an objective appreciation of both the community they lived in overseas and their home community, to use their newly learned skills to benefit others and to have a clearer picture of what they want to achieve in the future.
– To help others at home to understand the culture of countries outside their normal experience.

Raleigh ‘to inspire people from all backgrounds and nationalities to discover their full potential by working on sustainable environmental and community projects plus an adventure challenge, in Borneo, Costa Rica & Nicaragua or India for 4-10 weeks.

Working Abroad – WorkingAbroad is an international networking service for volunteers, workers and travellers, which offers you the ability to take action for nature and society. It is an independent, registered organisation based in the United Kingdom. We can provide you with the information you need to get you started.

The Oceania Project – caring for Whales, Dolphins and the Oceans – Participate in the Annual Whale Research Expedition as an Intern or Eco-Volunteer.

UNA Exchange is a large and dynamic organisation, helping hundreds of people to gain fulfilling international experiences each year. The majority of our work is in Wales, but UNA Exchange volunteers travel to more than 50 countries to participate in local development projects alongside local people.

Volunteering England is the national volunteering development agency for England, committed to supporting and enabling volunteering in all its diversity. Our partners range from national charities to voluntary agencies across the length and breadth of England; from NHS Trusts to arts organisations; from local community projects to government think-tanks.

VSO Voluntary Service Overseas. For 50 years VSO has been fighting global poverty and disadvantage by bringing people together to build a fairer world. Education, both overseas and in the UK, is at the heart of our work. Our volunteers are not only school-leavers, the average age is 38, the majority coming from skilled, professional backgrounds. Most placements are for two years, but can also be as short as 2 weeks.
Volunteers aim to pass on their expertise to local people so that when they return home their skills remain. Volunteers can be aged between 18 and 75 years old and must have a formal qualification and some work experience. Regular postings are for two years and volunteers are provided with accommodation and a local level allowance as well as air fares and insurance.
The range of jobs is vast, and includes small business advisors, teachers, social workers, health professionals, management consultants, marine biologists, accountants and farmers.