One of the goals of the American Gap Association is to facilitate greater accessibility to Gap Year programs. While we have a comprehensive way for programs to show their commitment to the safety standards upheld by the AGA, there remain many other programs that either don't fit our definition of a Gap Year, or have chosen not to participate in the AGA Standards. Please feel free to communicate with any of these programs and we highly encourage you to access our Abridged Standards (aka, 20 Questions to Vet a Gap Year Organization) in order to vet a potential experience and make sure you have what we've deemed to be the vital elements of a successful program.
The best way to start this process is by using the "Planning Your Gap Year" page as it walks through all of the essential processes to build a successful and structured Gap Year. Additionally, if you'd like help with your Gap Year, there are a small number of professional Gap Year Counselors to guide you through the processes and facilitate the best possible experience.
Specialist Gap Year Consultants
Below are highlighted the Gap Year Consultants AGA is most familiar with representing a broad range of different strategies to place students. In some cases students may simply pay for a list of placement options, whereas in others the services represent a full suite of options that include greater protections. These options are listed in order of AGA's relationship and overall years of practice.