Gap Year Organisations Listings
Jim in Peru’s Amazon Rainforest.
Not-for-Profit Gap Year organisations
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.
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.
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.
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.