International Volunteer Programs Association: www.volunteerinternational.org The International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA) is an association of non-governmental organizations involved in international volunteer work and internship exchanges. Membership with IVPA is a distinguished mark of excellence for responsibility in the field as members are expected to uphold the IVPA's Principles and Practices as guidelines for good programming as well as meet stringent membership criteria.
The Year Out Group www.yearoutgroup.org Projects Abroad is a founder member of the Year Out Group. This is an association of independent UK-registered organizations of various sizes, one of whose principal activities is the provision of high quality structured programs in the UK or overseas. The programs they offer are designed for young people taking time out between school or college and higher education or employment. Members agree to adhere to a Code of Practice. Many organizations offer programs but there are no guarantees that these organizations provide useful, structured and supervised projects. Therefore the more established organizations formed the Year Out Group.
British Foreign Commonwealth Office Know Before You Go campaign: www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo As a partner in the Know Before You Go campaign, we are working with the British FCO and US State Department to do all that we can to help travellers stay safe overseas. Before you go overseas, check the FCO website at the address listed above. It is packed with essential travel advice and tips, and up-to-date country information. For information from Canadian sources, visit the Canadian Travel Health and Safety at www.travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety and the Canadian Travel advisory at www.travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories.