Outside of formal gap year programs, there are endless options for building your own gap year experience. But it's likely that you'll want to incorporate some aspect of work in your plans. Here are just a few resources to help you find opportunities for work – whether paid, voluntary, or in exchange for room and board.
City Year is an education nonprofit organization founded in 1988 dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. It is one of the participating organizations under AmeriCorps (see below). The organization partners with public schools in 29 high-need communities across the U.S. and through international affiliates in the U.K. and Johannesburg, South Africa. City Year teams are made up of 18 to 24 year olds, who provide student, classroom, and whole school support, intended to help students stay in school and on track to graduate high school. Volunteers receive health insurance and a living stipend that varies in amount by location.
Idealist is a clearinghouse for jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities at socially-oriented organizations.
Information and FAQs related to volunteering during or as a gap year.
Workaway a site set up to promote fair exchange and friendship as well as volunteering and work opportunities. Connecting culture seekers, budget travelers and language learners with families, individuals or organisations that are looking for help with a range of varied and interesting activities. Volunteers work a few hours honest help per day in exchange for food & accommodation and an opportunity to meet others. Learn about local lifestyles and communities, with friendly hosts in varying situations and surroundings.
Founded in 1971, World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) is a worldwide organization linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange, thereby helping to build a sustainable, global community. As a volunteer (or WWOOFer, as they are called) you will live alongside your host helping with daily tasks and experiencing life as a farmer.