While any gap year is technically an adventure, on this page we are looking specifically at the types of courses that involve either some form of physical activity, or allow you to gain valuable teaching or coaching qualifications in one or more outdoor adventure activities. Learn to sail on a Royal Yachting Association course in Italy, gain National Governing Body awards on a five week gap year adventure in the Lake District, or simply enjoy the Canadian wilderness on a Mountain Biking Course.
Adventure Road Trip and Community Development
Gap Year Provider: TRU Experience Travel, Worldwide
Begin with an orientation to the country you have chosen, it is great way to embrace your new environment and become familiar with the new culture. You will visit some of the most beautiful landmarks in your chosen country, and also involved with some local communities along the way.
Watersports Instructor Training
Gap Year Provider: UKSA, Isle of Wight
UKSA’s Watersports Instructor training courses are a great way to kick-start your career. We give you all of the qualifications needed to work as a Watersports Instructor and we will train you in up to four disciplines.
Forest of Dean, East Anglia, West Sussex and Buckinghamshire
Lead an adventure team and strive for the best outdoor residential centre in the UK. You will be responsible for all aspects of the operation from leading the staff team, liaising with the site regarding meals and accommodation and being the main contract for teachers whilst onsite.
Australia, Canada, Thailand, China, Romania, New Zealand
Chose from instructing, hospitality and support roles in one of our Canadian ski resorts. Experience the Aussie Outback or the cosmopolitan city of Sydney or Auckland. We offer the chance to earn money teaching in China or Thailand.Travel, gain experience, get to know the locals and enhance your CV!
Sumatra & Bali Orangutan Conservation
Indonesia, Sumatra, Bali
From the jungles of Sumatra to the beaches of Bali, this 4 to 8 week program combines volunteering on our unique Orangutan protection project with an amazing South East Asia island adventure!
Superyacht Crew - Deckhand, Steward, Stewardess, Yacht Chef
Would you like to work as a deckhand, steward, stewardess or chef on a luxury superyacht?
25 day Adventure Hong Kong to China
This jam-packed tour takes you camping on the Great Wall, bamboo rafting in Yangshuo, and hiking on Hong Kong’s famed Victoria peak. Visit the adorable pandas in Chengdu, see the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, and learn some awesome kungfu moves.
Ski / Snowboard Instructor Course
Set yourself up for a dream career in the snowsports industry with a structured coaching program and internationally recognised qualifications. Our famous instructor courses are amazing life experiences and afterwards you could find yourself living in the mountains.
New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, South Africa
A JST adventure is like no other! Join extraordinary crews on our tall ships, the only in the world that allow disabled and able-bodied people to sail together. We voyage to stunning locations around the world. No matter what sailing experience you have, you're set for a life-changing voyage!
The Ultimate African Adventure
Spend 5, 7 or 10 weeks living and working alongside a remote Tanzanian community whilst working on a life changing water and sanitation project. Protect some of the world's most vulnerable environments and trek through stunning landscapes in the diverse Southern Highlands of Tanzania.
Ski and snowboard instructor paid internships
Coronet Peak, Queenstown
Snow Trainers has teamed up with Coronet Peak to offer you an amazing opportunity to work and train with their legendary ski school. Based in beautiful Queenstown you'll train for your internationally recognised Level 1 & 2 qualifications while gaining valuable work experience at the same time.
Jasper 11-week Ski or Snowboard Instructor Course
Improve your skiing and learn how to teach others to ski on our 11 week instructor course. Get your CSIA level 1 and 2 so you can find work as a ski instructor next season or just have the most amazing gap year in the Canadian Rockies
Explore the Adventure Capital of the World in Queenstown NZ!
Summer in New Zealand. There aren’t many places you can travel the length of country barefoot and get along just fine with a smile and a good attitude. Our program is all about giving you an authentic kiwi experience, an all-inclusive activity-filled program that leaves you to focus on having fun!
Looking for something else? We have plenty more gap year ideas to inspire you.
The adventure industry is a perfect match for the profile of your average gap year student. Whether you are taking a gap year before, during or immediately after a university degree, our providers have a range of adventurous courses in countries around the world. Some gap year adventure courses are experience based, such as trekking in the Himalayas, or trying your hand at cattle ranching in the Australian outback. Others are skills or qualifications based, and these are the most popular. Not only can you get to travel to and live in a new part of the world but you will also be training and working towards gaining a recognised qualification that will look great on your CV and can help jumpstart your career in outdoor adventure.