Alternatives to College / Gap Year Options
Search our catalog online at www.vsac.org/LibrarySearch for more books that might interest you. Patrons may borrow books either by coming to the Resource Center in downtown Winooski or by making an interlibrary loan request through a local school or public library.
- Choices for The High School Graduate: A Survival Guide for The Information Age
by Bryna J. Fireside
- Lonely Planet The Big Trip
by George Dunford
- The Complete Guide To The Gap Year: The Best Things To Do Between High School and College
by Kristin M. White.
- Your Gap Year: The Most Comprehensive Guide to an Exciting and Fulfilling Gap Year
by Susan Griffith
AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc. – Provides intercultural learning opportunities abroad, with the aim of promoting a more just and peaceful world.
Real Gap Experience – Coordinates worldwide gap-year experiences for students interested in adventure travel, educational travel, paid work abroad, teaching abroad, volunteering, and sports travel.
Youth for Understanding – International exchange and educational organization committed to inspiring and engaging youth of all races and ethnicities, regardless of socioeconomic status, in an academic year, semester, or summer program.
Earthwatch Institute – Promotes sustainable conservation of our natural resources and cultural heritage by putting people in the field, where they assist scientists in their research.
Phone: (800) 776-0188
Living Routes – Offers Ecovillages, ecological communities where students live in harmony with local environments while investigating personal and community-based solutions to real-world issues.
Phone: (888) 515-7333
Outward Bound – Offers more than 650 adventure-based wilderness courses that focus on compassion, learning through experience, and responsibility to both a team and the environment.
Phone: (866) 467-7651
Student Conservation Association – Provides conservation internships, opportunities for volunteers, and a year-round leadership program in our national parks, forests, and other public lands.
Phone: (888) 722-9675
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps – Hires young adults to complete conservation and park management projects on public lands in Vermont.
Phone: (802) 434-3969
Americorps – Provides education awards to volunteers after one year of service.
Phone: (202) 606-5000
City Year – Unites young adults ages 17–24 from diverse racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds for a demanding year of full-time community service, leadership development, and civic engagement.
Phone: (617) 927-2500
Cross Cultural Solutions – Operates volunteer programs in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Morocco, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Thailand.
Phone: (800) 380-4777
Global Volunteers – Assists people of diverse cultures in gaining a non-tourist perspective through volunteer opportunities teaching English, working with community elders, repairing buildings, and more.
Phone: (800) 487-1074
Global Volunteer Network – Places people in community projects around the world.
Phone: (800) 963-1198
Volunteers for Peace – Offers low-cost international volunteer opportunities for young adults.
Phone: (802) 540-3060
World Volunteer Web – Supports the volunteer community by providing a global one-stop shop for information, resources, and organizations linked to volunteerism.
Center for Interim Programs – Helps people of all ages create gap-year experiences through internships, apprenticeships, volunteer positions, and cultural study programs worldwide.
Phone: (609) 683-4300 or (413) 585-0980
Dynamy – Offers year- and semester-long leadership and career exploration internship programs for college-age students. Each program combines an internship component with an Outward Bound course, community service, independent apartment living, and one-on-one advising.
Phone: (508) 755-2571
LEAPNow – Provides information on low-cost internships, volunteer positions, work exchanges, and experiential programs in 126 countries and the U.S.
Phone: (707) 431-7265
Young Politicians of America – Offers links to hundreds of internships in government, nonprofit, media, academic, and service organizations.
Phone: (925) 2700-YPA
VSAC – Maintains an updated list of various summer/semester opportunities in and outside of Vermont geared primarily, but not exclusively, to high school students.
Where Are You Headed? – Provides a database of gap-year options, as well as information on summer opportunities and advice on college admissions and transfers. (Use VSAC’s membership: username – reachout; password – Winooski)