Your gap worldwide

Your gap-year is the perfect opportunity to see the world while building your CV and forming memories that will stay with you for life.

The options are almost unlimited, but this section of the website will show you some of the top choices and help you decide what you really want to do.

Volunteering is the most popular option for a gap-year abroad and while your chosen project may not be luxurious, it could well be life-changing.

On the other hand, you may be wanting to work abroad to earn a bit of money that will pay for your travels.

Then there's always the option of studying abroad, or joining a sports programme.

On this website and in the gap-year guidebook, we have gathered the latest details on a range of companies offering opportunities for all of the above.

For starters, try the search box below...

A Broader View Volunteers


+1 215 780 1845

A Broader View Volunteers, the leading US Specialist in Volunteering Opportunities across Latin America, Africa and South East Asia, is a family run non-profit organisation that has been operating… read more.

Accademia Europea di Firenze


+39 055 21 15 99

What about spending your gap-year in the city of the Renaissance, studying Italian, Art, Music, Dance or simply exploring and learning about the Italian culture? Accademia Europea di Firenze… read more.

Amanzi Travel


+44 (0) 117 253 0888

Amanzi Travel - Do Something Amazing! Whether you are thinking about a Gap Year, Career Break, Post Career Break or a Holiday with a Difference, why not let Amanzi Travel… read more.

Art History Abroad (AHA)


+44 (0) 1379 871 800

Art History Abroad students immerse themselves in European art and culture. All teaching is done on site by brilliant, unstuffy tutors who will inspire you and encourage you to… read more.

ATD Fourth World


+44 (0)20 7703 3231

ATD Fourth World is a human rights based anti-poverty organisation tackling inequality and promoting social justice in the UK. We reach and engage with people directly experiencing poverty and… read more.

Big Cat Travel Insurance


0333 003 3161

Big Cat specialises in affordable worldwide travel insurance for Gap Yearers, Backpackers and Adventure Travellers. As an independently-owned family business with 25 years experience in the travel industry, we… read more.

CESA Languages Abroad


+44 (0) 1209 211 800

Why not meander round the Piazza della Repubblica enjoying the sunshine, before visiting the Uffizi, in Florence? How about a jog along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice or… read more.



+44 (0)20 3198 1890

ConsularAssist ConsularAssist, powered by Consularcare, the world’s first global consular services provider, brings peace of mind, expert advice, and emergency help to Gap Year travellers. From a short-term crisis to… read more.

DU Insure


+44 (0) 800 393 908

DownUnder Insurance – The Best Cheap Backpacking Insurance Providers The most important tip we can offer travellers is to take out insurance with us to ensure they are covered in… read more.



0207 736 2769

Gapforce is a leading provider of structured gap year programs, offering over 27 years of unrivalled experience in volunteer projects, extreme expeditions and outdoor training courses. Since 1989 we have… read more.

Jackson Lees


0151 282 1700

Whatever form your gap year is going to take, whether it be working abroad, volunteering or travelling, we have a TIP for you. Our Traveller Insurance Package can provide a… read more.

Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary Pty Ltd

South Africa

Volunteering at the Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary The Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary's mission is to provide a self-sustaining African carnivore sanctuary for the purposes of wild species preservation through education,… read more.

Lattitude Global Volunteering


+44 (0) 118 959 4914

A Lattitude placement is more than gap year or travelling overseas. It's a chance to make a difference. An opportunity to invest in yourself and others and to expand… read more.

Live Languages Abroad


+44 (0)1736 740000

Learn a language on your gap year Gap year language courses abroad are a fantastic way of getting to know another Country, its culture and customs whilst learning a new… read more.

Oyster Worldwide Limited


+44 (0) 1892 770 771

Oyster Worldwide are the experts in helping people to find work abroad on their gap year. We have been working with employers abroad since 2000 and can secure you… read more.

PlayaWay Abroad Ltd


UK: 0871 288 4412; Non UK: +

"If you fancy a summer that you'll never forget, these guys offer the perfect opportunity to spend your it in the sunshine on a SERIOUSLY fun, working holiday. Get… read more.

Pod Volunteer


+44 (0)1242 241 181

Awarded Best Volunteering Organisation, we have been arranging ethical and inspiring volunteer placements around the world since 2001. Whether you want to want to help elephants in Africa and… read more.

Project Trust


01879 230 444

Global Volunteering with Project Trust Project Trust has been organising long term voluntary placements in Africa, Asia and Latin America for young people since 1967. We are the most experienced… read more.

The Leap Overseas Ltd


01672 519922

We offer award-winning volunteering and intern projects across Africa, Asia and South America. Unlike other gap year companies, all our programs include a mix of different projects in a… read more.

AA (Automobile Association)


+44 (0) 161 495 8945

The AA website has lots of useful information on driving in the UK and abroad, including stuff about breakdown, insurance and travel planning. You can find hotels, good places to stop whilst driving and you're even able to find out about up-to-date traffic news.

Action Aid


+44 (0)1460 238000

Take part in ActionAid's First Hand Experience and change lives, including your own. ActionAid is offering volunteering opportunities in South Africa and Nepal, working alongside local people to build homes and centres to benefit whole communities for the better.

Adventure Alternative


+44 (0) 28 708 31258

Teaching and volunteering in needy schools and orphanages in Kenya and in schools in Kathmandu (includes Himalayan trek).

Aether Mobile Ltd


Get your SIM now and cut your mobile phone calls by up to 90% when abroad and get free incoming texts and calls in all countries.

African Conservation Experience


+44 (0) 1454 269182

African Conservation Experience offer volunteering opportunities at wildlife conservation projects in southern Africa. You can count on our full support and more than 10 years experience. See our main advert in Conservation

African Leadership Academy

South Africa

African Leadership Academy offers high school students worldwide the opportunity for an unparalleled African experience, by studying abroad or spending a gap-year with them.

Air Pro


+44 (0)1695 511 61

Air Pro is an informative jobs website, helping those wanting to work abroad to find their perfect job in resorts like Ibiza, Zante, Magaluf or Ayia Napa.

All Out Africa


+268 2416 2260

All Out Africa offers various volunteering opportunities in Africa, from marine conservation to studying the savannah and its native species. Make a difference whilst absorbing the beauty and culture of Africa.

Alliance Abroad Group


+1 (512) 457 8062

Alliance Abroad is a non-profit organisation that provides international teaching, work and volunteer placements. Our services include guaranteed placement and 24/7 personal assistance.

American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)


(203) 399 5000

One of the oldest, largest and most respected cultural exchange organizations in the world. Their programmes include college study abroad, au pair placement, camp counselors and staff.

Amnesty International


+44 (0) 20 7033 1777

Amnesty International (registered charity No: 1051681) have a selection of volunteering vacancies throughout their UK offices. Volunteer roles are advertised on their website. Speculative applications are not accepted.

ARTIS - Art Research Tours


+1 800 232 6893

ARTIS (Art Research Tours and International Studios) provide high quality international art and cultural study abroad programmes at affordable prices, located in beautiful art capitals throughout the world.

Blue Cross


+44 (0) 300 777 1897

The Blue Cross is Britain's pet charity (No. 224392), providing practical support, information and advice for pet and horse owners. For information on volunteering visit their website.

Born Free Foundation


+44 (0)1403 240 170

The Born Free Foundation has grown into a global force for wildlife. Volunteer with their major international projects devoted to animal welfare, conservation and education. They also list other possible overseas volunteering vacancies.



+44 (0) 333 999 7516

BUNAC the work and travel expert offers exciting work abroad, volunteering abroad programmes and gap year opportunities.

Caledonia Languages Abroad


+44 (0)1316 217721

Short courses in French, Italian, German, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese in Europe and Latin America, for all levels, start all year round, most for a minimum of two weeks.

Camp Leaders In America


+44 (0) 151 708 6868

For those aged between 18 and 25 who love fun, adventure and are passionate about a sport, hobby or interest and want to get paid for enjoying it, look no further than Camp Leaders. Combine life-changing cultural experiences with the perfect summer job abroad.

Campbell Irvine Ltd


+44 (0)20 7938 1734

Campbell Irvine specialises in arranging travel insurance for the adventurous traveler. We provide cover for over 75 activities including trekking, safaris, sports and overseas volunteering work.

Cats Protection League


+44 (0)8707 708 649

Volunteering opportunities available in a wide variety of roles, please see our website for more details. Registered charity No. 203644.

Chase Africa


CHASE Africa is a grassroots organisation working to empower and educate communities through sustainable volunteering programmes.

Childcare International Ltd


+44 (0)20 8731 4551

Childcare International, together with their partner agencies abroad, arrange au pair placements across Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US.

China Study Abroad


+86 10 8468 3799

For over a decade CSA has been helping people come out to China, always with the goal to expand peoples' understanding of China. The China Experience programme offers a combination of interning, traveling, studying and volunteering that happens over a period of about six months.

Cicerones de Buenos Aires Asociación Civil


+54 11 5258 0909

Volunteering in Argentina: Cicerones in Buenos Aires works in a friendly atmosphere ensuring contact with local people, experiencing the city the way it should be!

Citybond Suretravel


Citybond Suretravel offer a Young Traveller policy for people planning to travel the world or study abroad, with cover available for temporary return trips home, computer equipment and course fees. It also covers you for over 120 sports and activities and jobs including office work, bar/restaurant work and fruit picking.

College for International Co-operation and Development (CICD)


+44 (0)1964 631 826

CICD offers programmes from 5 or 12 months or longer, consisting of 5 months training, studies and preparation, followed by 6 months volunteer work at a development project in Africa or India and a one month follow-up period back at the college afterwards. Ideal for those looking to do volunteer work abroad and who would prefer to have more preparation before going out there.



+44 (0)207 096 1201

Connect-123 develops and administers volunteer, internship and study abroad programs in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Dublin and Shanghai.

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)



CIEE offer a wide range of international study programs such as study abroad programs for US students, gap-year abroad programs and seasonal work in the USA for international students.

Crees Foundation


Peru: +51 (0)84 262 433 / UK

Crees Foundation offers various volunteering opportunities in Peru, ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks duration. Live and work in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Help support sustainable development and conduct conservation research.

Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA)


+1 800 266 4441

CEA sends thousands of students on study abroad programmes at multiple universities in 15 countries including Argentina, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, South Africa and Spain.

Dragonfly Community Foundation


+66 087 963 0056

Volunteering programs are currently arranged through Dragonfly Volunteer Projects.

Dyer Island Cruises

South Africa

+27 (0)82 801 8014

Dyer Island Cruises offer volunteering opportunities, in addition to activities such as shark cage diving, boat-based whale and bird watching and plane-based wildlife viewing.

EBO Adventure


0800 781 6861

Get adventurous with a wide range of training activities, survival courses and outdoor instructor courses in the UK and abroad.

Ecuador Volunteer


+593 2 255 7749

Ecuador Volunteer Foundation, is a non-profit organization that offers volunteer work opportunities abroad.

EIL (Experiment for International Living)


01684 562 577

Offers a diverse range of programmes in the UK and worldwide, including volunteering, individual homestays and group learning.

ESL - Language Travel


+44 (0) 20 7451 0943

ESL Language Travel offers immersion language courses abroad in over 20 languages in more than 300 inspirational destinations. The start dates and durations of our courses are very flexible allowing you to easily fit language learning abroad into your Gap Year.



0345 3000 406

Search for temporary work, paid or unpaid, charity and fundraising jobs and seasonal holiday jobs abroad.


+44 (0)1133 230759

Gapwork is an independent information provider specialising in gap years, gap year jobs, gap year vacancies, activities and voluntary work either in the UK or abroad.

Give a Fig Volunteering

Sri Lanka

+44 (0) 2032907392

Give A Fig Volunteering provide fantastic fully supported Sri Lanka volunteering and internship opportunities for you to make a difference.

Global Vision International (GVI)


01727 250 250

With unparalled in-country support, GVI volunteers benefit from exceptional training and a Careers Abroad job placement scheme.

Global Volunteers


(800) 487 1074

Join a team of short-term volunteers contributing to long-term, comprehensive community projects on a volunteer vacation abroad or a USA volunteer program.

Go Differently Ltd


+44 (0) 1273 732236

Company offering small-group, short-term volunteering and tailor-made holidays based on the appreciation and respect of the local environment and people.

Go Sim


0800 376 2370

Supplier of pre-paid international mobile SIM cards for travellers wishing to make phone calls abroad.

Hong Kong Institute of Languages


+852 2877 6160

Regardless of your goal, to become fluent in a new language for interest, to travel abroad, or to sharpen your global business acumen, the HK Institute of Languages provides the best teachers, the best experience, the most fexible hours and the best locations at your own choice!

i volunteer


+91 11 65672160

Volunteering opportunites are shown on their website. You could end up working in an orphanage, on a helpline, on relief effort or in a school.

IBS Budapest



International Business School is a private business school offering a life-changing experience for you during a year, including learning, volunteering and travelling periods to Tanzania, Costa Rica or Cambodia.

Initiative Auslandszeit


+49 (0)5242 4054340

INITIATIVE auslandszeit is the leading network in Germany for young people willing going abroad after school or before studying.

International Citizen Service (ICS)


+44 (0)20 8780 7400

ICS is an overseas volunteering programme for 18-25 year olds, funded by the UK Government's Department for International Development. To volunteer you don’t need cash, skills or qualifications - just the ambition to make a difference.

International Exchange Programme UK (IEPUK)


+44(0)1572 823 934

Based in the United Kingdom IEPUK is offering a wide range of international exchange programmes and educational packages to support study and work experience abroad.

iSpiice Volunteer and Travel in India


+91 98054 01998

iSPiiCE is a voluntary social organisation set up primarily to assist children's education in India also give you the chance to combine your volunteering activities with travel.

Jetsetter Jobs


+44 (0)7792 284780

The GO-TO platform connecting youth travellers and students with temporary paid work in foreign countries. English teaching, ski seasons, hospitality, volunteering, childcare and more!

Khaya Volunteer

South Africa

+27 (0) 41 582 1512

Khaya Volunteer offers affordable and unique volunteering projects and programs in South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and more.

Kidogo Adventure


+44 (0)7725 996434

Kidogo Adventure is a small, personally-run organisation to enable travel through volunteering. The projects are based in Kenya and are all child-focused.

Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI)


1 212 931 9953

Study abroad and intern abroad programmes designed to meet your academic, professional and personal interests.

Language Courses Abroad


+44 (0) 1509 211612

Languages courses available in French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and others.

Learn Languages Abroad


+353 (0)1451 1674

Learn Languages Abroad will help you find the course best suited to your needs.

Lexia Study Abroad


+1 800 775 3942

Cultural study programmes that encourage students to connect with their community while pursuing academic research. Participate in the daily life and work of a community in countries worldwide.

Maximo Nivel


+1 800 866 6358

Maximo Nivel provides high quality, affordable study abroad programs in Latin America. Since 2003, we have offered our international programs to participants from all over the world.

Minds Abroad


+86 (871) 532 5089

Minds Abroad is a US-based organization that conducts study abroad programs in China and India for both individual students and also customized faculty-led groups from college and universities across the US and Europe.

Modern Language Studies Abroad (MLSA)


(815) 464-1800

Offers language study abroad programmes in the following countries: Spain, Italy, France and Costa Rica.

N/a'an ku se Foundation


+264 (0)81 261 2709

Help to preserve and conserve the Namibian ecosystem by volunteering with N/a'an ku se. With projects ranging from 2 weeks to 3 months and no experience or qualifications necessary, there is something for everyone.

Oggy Oggy Team


01208 220212

We offer a range of backpacking and volunteering adventure in Asia to help local communities and to share life skills. We also offer all of our programs for free under our 'Swap it' option.

Original Volunteers Ltd.


01603 280702

Original Volunteers have been providing affordable and low cost volunteering placements around the world since 2006. Regions covered: Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America.

Otra Cosa Network


01926 730 029

Based in Huanchaco, northern Peru, Otra Cosa Network offers a wide variety of affordable and satisfying volunteering opportunities to well-motivated volunteers from around the world.

Oxbridge TEFL


+34 93 532 75 65

Four week TEFL courses in Madrid, Barcelona or Online including teaching practice. This course provides you with the skills and qualification to work as an English teacher while travelling abroad. Jobs are available for those who pass with distinction.

Pacific Discovery

New Zealand

+64 3 5467667

With programmes blending meaningful and challenging travel, cultural immersion, volunteer and community service project, Pacific Discovery offers inspiring summer, semester and gap-year educational travel programs abroad.



0800 854 194

A wide range of volunteering opportunities offered. Use the contact form on their website to find out about opportunities in the UK and Ireland. Registered Charity No. 208217.

Pichilemu Institute of Language Studies


+56 (72) 842488/449

The Pichilemu Language School offers accredited Spanish language courses next to the beach in central Chile. We have Spanish crash courses, intensive Spanish classes, Spanish and Surf programs, and Study Abroad for credit courses. We help arrange accommodation and activities for all our students.

Projects Abroad


+44 (0) 1903 708300

Overseas placements. Teach English, gain invaluable experience in Medicine, Conservation, Journalism, Business, Care and Community, Sports, Law and Human Rights, Veterinary and more.

Projects Abroad Pro


01903 708300

Projects Abroad Pro is an arm of Projects Abroad, designed to encourage professionals on a career break and retired seniors to take part in voluntary work in a developing country.

RAC Motoring Services


+44 (0)1922 437000

The RAC website has lots of useful information on driving in the UK and abroad, with breakdown, insurance and other services.

Real Gap Experience


01892 277 040

Real Gap offers a wide and diverse range of programmes. These include: volunteering, conservation, adventure travel and expeditions, sports, teaching English, round the world, paid working holidays and learning.



+54 114 833 9653

Study abroad in Argentina and learn all about the country and its culture.

RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds)


01767 680 551

Want a career in conservation? Check out the volunteering pages on the RSPBs website for advice, volunteering opportunities and case studies (Registered Charity No. 207076)

SAI - Study Abroad Italy


+1 (707) 824 8965

In conjunction with Florence University SAI offer the chance for international students to live in the heart of this bustling Renaissance city while experiencing modern Florentine life.

Salisbury International Arts Festival


+44 (0) 1722 332 241

Volunteering opportunities include stage manager, helping out with crowd management and leaflet distribution. Registered charity No. 276940.



+44 (0) 844 515 2000

Volunteers are integral to Shelter's fight against bad housing and homelessness. There are a range of different volunteering opportunities available and we support volunteers with a range of skills, experiences and backgrounds. (Charity No. 263710.)

SIT Study Abroad


+1 888 272 7881

Offers undergraduate study abroad programmes in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.



020 7096 1718

SLV.Global is an international volunteering organisation running mental health placements in Sri Lanka and Indonesia, and also Educational Programs in India. All of our placements, ranging from 1 - 12 weeks long, are designed to provide maximum benefit to the communities where we work and at the same time give volunteers the opportunity to gain highly valuable experience in the mental health sector.

Smaller Earth UK


+(44) 0151 702 6808

Smaller Earth is one of the UK's leading gap year travel providers, sending thousands of travellers abroad every year. Whether you're looking to volunteer in Africa, earn money in Australia or party in Bangkok, we've got the perfect collection of travel programmes for you.

SportsCover Direct Ltd


01494 484800

Whether you need to protect your income, are travelling abroad or wanting protection at home, we cover for most eventualities. Our products are tailored to amateurs or semi-professionals taking part in sports and activities including competitions.

Step Together Volunteering


+44 (0)117 955 9042

We work across England and Scotland, with a focus on helping those most in need of support, including adults and young people who face significant challenges. We provide intensive one-to-one coaching and inspire and enable volunteering placements to match the individual's needs, interests and ambitions.



0870 071 5888

Talkmobile provides monthly or pay as you go international mobile SIM cards for travellers wishing to make phone calls abroad.

The Career Break Site


On The Career Break Site you'll find tons of career break opportunities, like ski instructor courses, TEFL, working abroad and volunteering.

The Great Projects


+44 (0)208 885 4987

We, The Great Projects, specialise in wildlife volunteering projects and currently have 38 projects and 17 Tours throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.

The Humanity Exchange


+1 778 300 2466

The Humanity Exchange provides grassroots Volunteer Abroad programs in communities across Ghana, Cameroon, Benin and Columbia, and unique opportunities to volunteer and Learn French in Africa.

The Imaginative Traveller


0845 287 2908

Individual, escape and volunteering tours available.

The Mighty Roar


01233 720676

The Mighty Roar provide structured, safe and affordable volunteer abroad programmes to make a positive impact in the conservation, research and protection of some of the worlds amazing animals along with helping in the local communities.

The National Trust


0344 800 1895

Learn new skills whilst helping to conserve the UK's heritage. Volunteering opportunities can be found on their website. Registered Charity No. 205846.

The National Trust for Scotland


0131 458 0354

The National Trust for Scotland is a conservation charity that protects and promotes Scotland's natural and cultural heritage. Contact them to find out about volunteering opportunities.

The New England Wild Flower Society & Garden in the Woods


+1 508 877 7630

The oldest plant conservation organization in the USA and a leader in regional plant conservation programmes and native plant studies. They have volunteering and internship opportunities.

Time for God


+44 (0)1423 536 248

Time For God has 50 years experience creating full-time volunteering opportunities in the UK and abroad. Find out more about us and then get involved.

V2 Volunteer & Vacation


+44 (0)203 289 4611

Join us for an amazing volunteering experience on the islands of Jamaica or Trinidad and Tobago.

VAP (Volunteer Action for Peace)


0844 209 0927

Organises international voluntary work projects in the UK each summer and recruits volunteers to take part in affordable placements abroad that range between two weeks and 12 months.

Virgin Money


0845 089 6278

Offers a 'Pre-paid Travel Money Card' enabling travellers to budget more easiliy and spend abroad with greater security.

Volunteer Latin America


+44 (0)20 7193 9163

Volunteer abroad for free or at low-cost in Central and South America via the greenest volunteer advisor on the planet.

Volunteer Vacations


01483 331551

Voluntary sports coaching, teaching and orphange work abroad helping disadvantaged children.

Volunteering India


IN: +91 9716 235 166; UK: +4

Volunteering India provides safe, affordable and meaningful volunteer programs in India to individuals, groups or families. A variety of programs are offered, including cultural exchange programs, internships and gap year programs. A choice of programs includes working with orphans, women empowerment programs, health/HIV programs, teaching English, summer volunteer programs, street children programs and more.

Volunteering Journeys


+44 (0)20 70971877

We provide quality programs in Asia and Africa at affordable prices through which one can connect with locals and contribute to local development projects.

Volunteering Matters


+44 (0) 800 374 991

Volunteering Matters place full-time volunteers aged 18-35 away from home on hundreds of health and social care projects across the UK. Accommodation and subsistence is provided.

Volunteering Solutions


+91 9871371009

A safe and affordable volunteer program offering the oppurtunity to volunteer in hospitals, orphanages and clinics around the world. Volunteers will be immersed into the culture and live with local families.

VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas)


+44 (0)20 8780 7500

As a volunteer, you can make a unique difference to the world. With VSO, you'll get something few other volunteering organisations offer - an opportunity of using your skills and experience to have a long-lasting impact on peoples' lives.

Wild Futures' Monkey Sanctuary


+44 (0)1503 262 532

Residential volunteering opportunities available, offering an ideal opportunity to learn more about primates and their conservation and welfare whilst also helping with the day-to-day running of a busy sanctuary.

Wildlife PACT


+91 99 10 586006

Wildlife PACT offers volunteering opportunities to students of wildlife, ethnology, anthropology, conservation and environment studies. Short and long term projects available.

Work & Volunteer Abroad (WAVA)


0800 80 483 80

Experience the world on one of WAVA's Gap Year programmes. Choose from a range of volunteer and work Gap Year travel projects around the world, and let WAVA help you See more & Do more around the world.



+44 (0)1273 479047

Choose from a range of volunteering opportunities, including marine and terrestrial wildlife conservation, environmental education, language teaching, childcare and healthcare. Caters for all ages, gap years up to seniors, professionals taking sabbaticals and students wanting to gain field experience.

Youth Hostel Association


0800 0191 700

If you've got some free time and would like to support YHA, there are many volunteering activities you can get involved with.