Resources Mega-List All listed resources crowdsourced by listed gappers, and all resources have provisions for coronavirus.

Programs

    Outdoors, Adventure & Conservation
  1. NOLS: Wilderness, exploration & adventure gap year program founded in 1965.
  2. Pacific Discovery: Experiential international & domestic gap year programs.
    Making & Hacking
  1. Avenues Mastery Year: The World School's invention-based program.
  2. Neo: Funded fellowship for young software engineers.
    Leadership, Service & Work
  1. Global Citizen Academy: Leadership academy centred around social impact.
  2. Cardea: Looking for a job? Cardea researches and vets thousands of companies to create curated, Spotify-style playlists of jobs. >
    Entrepreneurship
  1. OpenWater VC: Open Water is a new type of startup accelerator, based on the fact that the limiting factor to growing a software company is talent, not capital. Open Water provides selected startups with a dedicated team of engineers, designers, and growth hackers alongside 130k in cloud credits. They help startups innovate faster, grow faster, and build better betas. Apply here to intern this Fall.
    Languages & Cultural Immersion
  1. AMIGOS: Unique virtual gap year experience from Tufts University and Amigos de las Americas (AMIGOS). Complete a volunteership at a community organization, design a service project, earn college credit, learn Spanish, connect with students across the globe, and network with a career mentor. 6-week and 12-week options available.
    All in One
  1. YearOn: Live in Brooklyn, Chicago, or LA with a group of likeminded people while you virtually work with a coach, volunteer, and extern at a company. You can also earn college credit.
    Arts
  1. Dance Gap Year: Learn, create, share dance and choreography.
  2. Los Angeles Performing Arts Conservatory: Acting & dance training.

Advice & Consultation

Many give free initial consultations and have useful websites!
  1. Gap Year Explorer: Website with detailed info and advice on exploring ideas for a gap year run by a consultant with decades of experience.
  2. Jump Start! A Gap Year Planning Course: A self-paced online course for independent gappers specifically made for corona-season. Through hands-on exercises, this course gives you the confidence and skills you need to design a fun and productive year.

By Interest

    Earn Money
  1. TEFLPros: Learn how to teach English online or in-person with TEFLPros 120-hour digital TEFL course. Packed with over 50 hours of video content, real classroom observations, and practical skill-building, TEFLPros is your top choice for a digital TEFL certification.
  2. MoneySavingExpert: Travel-related personal finance advice!
  3. High Society: Easy, flexible, catering jobs!
  4. NonStopSnow: Work at a ski resort and ski for free!
  5. i2i: Platform paying you for English tutoring.
  6. Learning Enterprises: Nonprofit connecting you to English teaching opportunities!
    Volunteering Directories
  1. NCVO: Guide to volunteering for the first time.
  2. iWill: Advice for young people starting charity work.
  3. Restless Development: Personal growth through outreach and service.
  4. Ripple Africa: Environment and education charity in Africa.
  5. Volunteer Africa: Central guide to charity work in Africa.
  6. Bruce Peru: Solving youth homelessness in Peru.
  7. Conservation Africa: Preservation programs for animals in Africa.
    Work While Abroad
  1. Workaway: Repository of workaway opportunities abroad.
  2. WWOOF: Matches you to organic farming opportunities.
  3. HelpX: Another online listing of working opportunities abroad.
  4. CampAmerica: Camp counselling like in the movies!
    Travel the World!
  1. Gadventures: Forming connections for small-group travel.
  2. STA Travel: World's largest youth travel company.
  3. ABTA: Huge group of travel agencies.
  4. Exodus: Adventure-based travel agency.
  5. Eco-Tours: Directory of eco-based travel programs.
    Helpful Travel Blogs
  1. Nomadic Matt
  2. Veggie Vagabonds
  3. GOTR
  4. Journey Woman
  5. Two Scots Abroad
  6. Solo Traveller

Self-Guided

Teach yourself how to juggle flaming knives while riding a unicycle.
  1. Masterclass: Celebrities and pros teach you about their craft.
  2. Ivy League Online Courses MEGALIST: All free, all detailed and comprehensive.
  3. FluentU: Online language immersion.
  4. ITalkI: Really cheap online language immersion. We use this!
  5. FluentIn3Mos: Language "hacking" course by a polyglot.

Other Useful Sites

From other gap year megalists to student blogs.
  1. GYA: Mecca for gap year tips, guidance, advice.
  2. Gap Year: The name says it all!
  3. Teen Life: Like CovidGapYears, but like, even more for teens.
  4. Go Abroad: Enormous directory of gap year programs!
  5. LetsGapp: Instagram page compiling gapper experiences and connecting you to people.
  6. Year Out Group: A group for, well, taking a year out!
  7. RealGap: Site for, real, not fake, gaps.
  8. Aventure: Tu voudrais faire un aventure avec moi?
  9. Prospects: Gap year ideas, including work experience!
  10. The Independent: Don't take our word for it!