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College Alternatives


What to do after high school? 

If you are not planning to head straight to college,

check out the resources below to explore the many options open to you.

 Service Learning   Volunteering  
Gap Year Programs   Military   Career Exploration​ 


​​Service Learning/Volunteering/Gap Year Programs

​AmeriCorps places thousands of young adults into intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship.​

​​City Year
a branch of AmeriCorps, a youth-oriented, national, civic-service "action tank"-that's like a think tank with feet.​

​Green Volunteers​
a self-proclaimed "world guide and information network to voluntary work in nature conservation."​

​​Gilpin and Associates Educational Consulting
contains a database of ideas to make your time off from or before college meaningful, exciting and fun.

​a not-for-profit experiential educational organization that offers an internship year mixing work, independent living, structure, and coaching.

​Transitions Abroad
a resource for (to name a few) teen travelers, seekers of short-term international work, budget travel, language study, and expatriates.

​offers a transitional year-abroad experience for people aged 17 to 20 that combines backpacking adventure, internship, skills training, and community service.

Student's Guide to Study Abroad
Helps to make international study programs more accessible for students

​​Where There Be Dragons​
​Gap year and study abroad programs. Office located in Boulder.

The Center for Interim Programs​​​
​Founded in 1980, The Center for Interim Programs is the first and longest-running independent gap-year counseling organization in the United States.​

​​​​Thinking Beyond Borders​
Gap year programs

Wildlife SOS- India
A non-profit commited to the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife in distress in both urban and rural environments in India

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF)​
Help on organic farms in return for food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles​

​Work Away Info​ holds a database of families, individuals or organizations in an extensive range of different countries who have registered with us and are looking for volunteer help in a huge range of different fields.​​​

Career Exploration​​​

Workforce Boulder County​-Boulder County job resources; help with resumes, job skills, job seeking

Snag A Job​- hourly employment

Groove Job- Summer, part time, hourly, teen and student jobs​

​ Seasonal and camp jobs

Teens for Hire​-Teen jobs and resources

Colorado Dept. of Labor and Employment

Monster-Find jobs, build a better career, find your calling.​​

Mapping Your Future-Career planning, selecting and paying for school​​

​Disclaimer: The Boulder Valley School District does not endorse organizations & individuals listed (other than BVSD programs). Individuals & organizations have not been screened in any way. The Boulder Valley School District assumes no responsibility for the actions or abilities of any groups or individuals listed herein.​​