Gap Year/Service Year Programs

Name Information Program Locations Program Length Program fee?
AmeriCorps AmeriCorps, a federal agency, brings people together to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges through national service and volunteering. AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve with organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities. United States 1 Year No
Avodah Avodah develops lifelong social justice leaders whose work is informed by Jewish values and who inspire the Jewish community to work toward a more just and equitable world. United States 1 Year No
CIEE CIEE emphasizes language learning and cultural immersion through a combination of community volunteering and overnight excursions. France, Dominican Republic, Ghana 6 Weeks to 1 Year Yes
City Year City Year is part of the AmeriCorps network, City Year focuses on supporting high-need schools by sending volunteers to help with students’ academic and social-emotional development. United States 1 Year No
Food Corps
FoodCorps connects kids to healthy food in school. Our team of AmeriCorps leaders delivers hands-on lessons in growing, cooking and tasting healthy food; improves school meals; and encourages a schoolwide culture of health.
United States 11 and 1⁄2 Months No
Forest Service Resource Assistants Program
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service Resource Assistants Program (RAP) is a rigorous and immersive, paid internship for current students & recent graduates (within 2 years) who are interested in conservation, natural and cultural resources, environmental management, research and development, or other career opportunities with land management agencies. 
United States Up to 1 Year No
Global Citizen Year Global Citizen Year includes one to five apprenticeships in the local community with focuses such as teaching, social enterprise, and agriculture. The program includes training and language education combined with homestays for cultural immersion. Brazil, Ecuador, India, Senegal 8 Months Yes
Govern For America Fellows The GFA Fellowship is a two-year paid opportunity for recent graduates to serve in high-impact roles in governments across the country as a part of a diverse community of engaged leaders. United States 2 Years No
GVI Volunteer abroad programs through GVI come in a wide range of unique focus areas, such as marine conservation, photography, women’s empowerment, and health promotion. Africa, Asia, Latin America, Fiji, Greece 1 Month to 6 Months Yes
International Volunteer At International Volunteer HQ, we bring people of more than 96 nationalities together to create positive transformation through life-enriching travel experiences. This transformation takes place not just within the communities we support, but also within volunteers themselves. Europe, Asia, Middle East, Latin America, United States, Australia & New Zealand, Africa 1 Year Yes
Jesuit Volunteer Corps Jesuit Volunteers address the world’s most difficult challenges within their roles and engage in an ongoing personal inquiry process at retreats and in their intentional community. United States 1 Year No
NYC Civic Corps NYC Service builds partnerships to deepen and expand civic engagement through volunteer and service programs, creating sustainable change for our city’s greatest needs. NYC 10.5 Months No
NYC Service Fellowship The NYC Service Fellowship Program provides a unique opportunity to obtain practical City government experience in the areas of volunteerism and service at the City level. NYC 1 Year No
Peace Corp Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation. Over 60 countries 2 Years No
Projects Abroad Projects Abroad affords volunteers a lot of flexibility in choosing their length of stay. They have six categories of volunteer projects to choose from: conservation, childcare, teaching, building, sports coaching, and archeology. Asia, Africa, Latin America, South Pacific, Romania 6 to 12 Weeks Yes
Quaker Voluntary Service Quaker Voluntary Service is an 11-month experiment, living at the intersection of transformational spirituality and activism. Young adults work full-time in professional positions at community based organizations addressing a wide range of issues, while living in a cooperative house and worshiping with, and being mentored by, local Quaker United States 11 Months No
United Nations Volunteer United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is a United Nations organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific 6 Months to 1 Year No
United Planet United Planet is a non-profit organization with a mission to create a global community, one relationship at a time. We connect volunteers who want to make a difference with communities in more than 30 countries, where they learn, teach, work, engage and immerse themselves in a culture outside their comfort zone. Europe, Asia, Latin America, New Zealand, Africa 6 Months to 1 Year Yes
Urban Fellows The Urban Fellows Program combines work in Mayoral offices and City agencies with volunteer service opportunities and a seminar series that explores current urban issues impacting public policy. NYC 9 Months No
Volunteer Services Oversees VSO brings about change not by sending aid, but by working through volunteers and partners to empower people living in some of the world’s poorest and most overlooked regions. Africa and Asia 10 to 12 Weeks No
Year On Year On’s programs combine international volunteer time in one of five countries and skills training in San Francisco, California. The longer experience involves an additional phase of launching your own project, such as starting a business, taking a course, or working. Mexico, India, Indonesia, Peru, Tanzania 15 Weeks or 32 Weeks Yes
Youth International Youth International program combines volunteering, outdoor adventure, cultural exchange, and homestays. Asia, South America, Africa 1 Month Yes