Accreditation by the American Gap Association represents a commitment to the highest standards in safety, quality, and integrity. They have agreed to consistently abide by the Standards of the American Gap Association, which typically means that a student can count on an experience with the highest caliber of field leadership, the best degree of office support, and the highest standards of safety.

** This list of Accredited Organizations is being updated regularly. The following organizations represent those undergoing the application process, thus demonstrating their commitment to the highest standards in Gap Year Education. For peer-reviews, we have worked with primarily, but because reviews are a critical part of the selection process, we wanted to provide more information of use and encourage looking at two other primary resources for program reviews: and For more information, visit our Standards web page.

Currently Accredited AGA Members

The following organizations have been vetted by the strictest Gap Year Standards. The process involves both AGA staff and the powerful Board of Advisors to ensure the best in Gap Year education and the highest consistency in programming.

American University Gap Year Program

Accreditation is CURRENT

American University’s Gap Program provides students with an experiential education experience in Washington, D.C., focusing on college credit, internships, and service learning. Semester or year-long programs available.

Carpe Diem Education

Accreditation is CURRENT

3 & 8 month Gap Year programs in Central America, South America, India, Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, East Africa, and the Native American Southwest focusing on community, cultural exchange, service-learning, and adventure. Fall and Spring departures.

Cross-Cultural Solutions

Accreditation is CURRENT

3 month service-learning Gap Year programs in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Students can visit multiple countries as part of their Gap Year through the Global Gap, Spanish Immersion, and Diversity of Africa Gap Year experiences. Customized start dates and durations also available year-round. Cross-Cultural Solutions is a non-profit organization that partners with sustainable community initiatives, bringing people together to work side-by-side while sharing perspectives and fostering cultural understanding.

Camps International

Accreditation is CURRENT

Service learning Gap programs in South America, South East Asia and East Africa. Programs run throughout the year and students can choose an experience from 2 to 3-months. Camps International are a Social Enterprise working to empower communities and deliver sustainable community, conversation and environment solutions through their network of permanent volunteer camps in Peru, Ecuador, Borneo, Cambodia, Tanzania and Kenya.

KIVU Gap Year

Accreditation is CURRENT

Kivu Gap Year is an 8 month internship and home stay based Gap Year experience at domestic and international locations.

National Outdoor Leadership School

Accreditation is CURRENT

The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) is the leader in wilderness education. Whether through field-based courses or classroom-based courses, NOLS offers a focus on leadership and outdoors skills in some of the most awe-inspiring locations in the world. Emerge an active leader with lifelong skills.

Omprakash (EdGE)

Accreditation is CURRENT

Omprakash Education through Global Engagement (EdGE): 2 - 12 month individual Gap Year programs connecting volunteers with opportunities in 40 countries around the globe. Ongoing departures. Includes comprehensive online training and mentorships.

Outward Bound

Accreditation is CURRENT

Featuring 3 month and shorter Gap Year courses. For over 50 years Outward Bound has been a premier provider of experiential and outdoor education programs for youth and adults. Outward Bound offers courses in some of the most spectacular and inspiring settings in the United States and in Central and South America, successfully preparing students to confront the challenges they face today with self-confidence, tenacity and compassion.

Pacific Discovery

Accreditation is CURRENT

Pacific Discovery is a global leader in experiential education, offering inspiring summer, semester, and Gap Year programs abroad since 2001. Programs are overland journeys combining authentic immersion, meaningful service, and wilderness adventure - fostering empathy for other cultures, ethical and sustainable travel practices, and awareness of international issues. Students leave with a deepened sense of their identity, passion, and purpose.

Programs are a 9-10 week journey with an optional 3-week independent extension to apply newly developed travel skills. Programs in New Zealand, Australia, Southeast Asia, South America, Central America, Cuba, Galapagos Islands, India, Nepal, Tibet, China. Fall, Spring, and Summer departures can be taken consecutively for an in-depth and transformative Gap Year experience. Academic credit options available.

Ridge Mountain Academy

Accreditation is CURRENT

RIDGE Mountain Academy has semester and yearlong programs designed for male and female student athletes ages 16 to 20 who have a passion for the mountains. Located in Whitefish, Montana, RIDGE is a campus-based academy that focuses on mountain sports, education, and life skills. RIDGE prepares student athletes of all abilities — beginner to elite — to strengthen their training, forge new skills, and discover their true potential.

Rustic Pathways

Accreditation is CURRENT

Semester experiences in the South Pacific, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Programs facilitate community service, cultural immersion, outdoor adventure, personal growth, language, and skills courses. Fall and Spring departures available.

Thinking Beyond Borders

Accreditation is CURRENT

A variety of Gap Year programs, including the 2-semester Global Gap Year, South America Gap Semester, and Asia Gap Semester combining deep cultural immersion, fieldwork with experts, and engaging readings and discussions. Fall and Spring semester options.

The Leap

Accreditation is CURRENT

Service programs (environmental and game conservation, teaching/child care, community building, sports and adventure), internships (medical, law, teaching, child care and business), summer gaps and equine placements. Programs include a mix of projects, in a mix of locations, challenging both mind and muscle. Departures are year round for 2 month placements, with options for semesters (including fall and spring availability), or longer.

Where There Be Dragons

Accreditation is CURRENT

3 month Gap Year programs in China, Tibetan Himalayas, Southeast Asia, South America, West Africa, Indonesia, Central America, and the Middle East. Fall and Spring departures.

Winterline Global Skills Program

Accreditation is CURRENT

Winterline offers skills-based gap year, semester, and summer abroad programs. Students learn a wide variety of skills as they travel to multiple countries around the world with mentors and a cohort of fellow students. Skills learned include documentary film-making, wilderness survival, starting a business, SCUBA diving, horseback riding, mixology, and permaculture design.