- Terms and conditions
- Transparent publicity material
- Annual accounts & financial security
- Crisis and risk policy
- Safety and support whilst on the placement
- Checking and monitoring of all placements
- Sound preparation prior to, support during and debriefing after the placement
- Public liability insurance
- Equal opportunities
- An ethical code covering:
- The effect on the local communities
- Respecting local customs and cultures
- The sustainability of the projects you are involved in
- Conservation of the environment
- A complaints procedure
- A Quality Assurance framework to underpin all aspects ie what systems does the organization have in place to check that its service is meeting your expectations?
'BSI 8848, 23 April 2007, Press Release. Safer adventure holidays and field trips for British abroad.'
Whether exploring the Amazon, attempting to scale Mount Everest or taking part in a gap year in Africa, a new British Standard has been launched today (23 Apr 07) at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) in response to increased calls to make overseas adventure activities safer. The British Standards Institution (BSI) has published BS 8848: A Specification for adventurous activities, expeditions, visits and fieldwork outside the UK. The new BSI standard has been developed for adventurous activities abroad with the aim of reducing the risk of injury or illness. It specifies requirements that have to be met by an organiser of adventurous trips conforming to good practice. It is aimed at expedition organisers, universities and other organisers of field trips, gap year travel companies and providers of adventurous holidays.
See http://www.bsi-global.com/en/About-BSI/News-Room/BSI-News-Content/General/News-Content/ for more details.
Review of Gap Year Provision for the Department for Education and Skills, 2004
8.1.1 Key Points on Quality Assurance in provision
No sector wide QA currently occurs in the gap year providing sector
A small number of the larger providers have developed a code of practice and are developing QA measures
The large number of small providers combined with the diversity of gap year activities does present considerable difficulty in terms of developing common standards of quality assurance.
See http://www.dfes.gov.uk/research/data/uploadfiles/RB555.pdf for more details.