COVID-19 Resources

We know that many of the traditional gap year programs may no longer be available due to the impact of COVID-19, so we hope to provide some resources to help you make the most of out this next year.

Many gap year providers may offer virtual programming and there are also numerous opportunities to get involved at the local level:



  • Youth organizations, like the Boys and Girls Club or the YMCA 
  • Immigrant and refugee services, adult education or senior centers
  • Environmental and conservation organizations, animal shelters
  • Community art programs, the local library
  • Women’s shelters, food banks, crisis support centers 

Personal Engagement

  • Creative writing, arts involvement
  • Skill-Building (foreign language, coding, public speaking, etc)
  • Part-time work or internship
  • Research
  • Environmental work (gardening, backpacking, etc)


Planning Resources


National organization providing resources and guidance on developing your gap year plans.


Testimonials from former gappers, including recommendations for opportunities during COVID-19.



Service Organizations



Opportunities for paid service work focusing on community and workforce development.



Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USA is part of a worldwide effort to link visitors with organic farmers, promote an educational exchange, and build a global community conscious of ecological farming practices.



All Hands and Hearts addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters.


AmeriCorps is your moment to take the path less traveled, to break the status quo, to stop talking about the problem and be the solution. Join AmeriCorps and you can mentor and tutor kids, rebuild a community after disaster, help veterans, or work with local communities to alleviate poverty.

City Year AmeriCorps members serve in schools, preparing students with the social, emotional and academic skills and mindsets to succeed in school and in life.





SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.




Virtual Global Experiences



Global Citizen Year Academy offers a transformative leadership experience (delivered virtually) that equips students worldwide to find their purpose, their people, and their power to make an impact. Join a community of determined young changemakers from 80+ countries around the world. Through a signature leadership course, talks with today’s top changemakers, and personalized mentorship, you’ll build the power skills for a lifetime of social impact.



Virtual internship and volunteer opportunities in more than 15 countries, with focus areas in Children and Education, Community Development, Global Health, and Environmental Sustainability.



Explore critical issues through college-level course curriculum and a volunteership placement with a community organization. Dig into leadership and cultural humility by examining your role in social change and community action. Learn how to step up at a time when collaboration and civic engagement are more important than ever.




A 15-week experience focusing on volunteering, professional development, portfolio projects, and a virtual externship. Semester experiences also available.


Outdoor Leadership


Outward Bound is a provider of experiential and outdoor education programs for youth and adults.


NOLS is a nonprofit global wilderness school that seeks to help you step forward boldly as a leader.