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.
Bear Grylls Survival Academy - Instructors Course
Gap Year Provider: Bear Grylls Survival Academy, Forest of Dean - Gloucestershire UK
Aside from the opportunity to work alongside Bear’s skilled team as the Academy grows on an international scale, passing the course provides an accredited, professional qualification that equips participants with the necessary skills for leadership & teaching adventurous training at various events
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!
Instructor Training + guaranteed job
Over 2000 qualified ski and snowboard instructors, a 99% pass rate, a great reputation & 29 top resorts across the globe! EA Ski and Snowboard training offer selected courses at the best rates in the industry. Training, exam, accommodation, lift pass, a guaranteed job offer and MORE!
Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Adventure
Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam
A trip to three of South East Asia’s most sought-after destinations. Encompassing both conservation-based volunteer projects and traditional backpacking, the South-East Asia adventure is the perfect first-time trip for anyone looking to set out on one of the world’s most iconic traveller routes.
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.
The Best Way To Become a Ski Instructor - EA Paid Internship Program
EA Ski & Snowboard Training offer paid ski and snowboard instructor internships programs, at 9 world class resorts in Japan! A paid internship is the best way to become a qualified instructor and start working for a prestigious ski school all in one season!
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
Sumatra Orangutan Protection
This 4 week program in the jungles of Sumatra combines volunteering on our unique Orangutan protection project with an amazing South East Asia Island adventure!
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.
Gap Year Snow Jobs
Looking for the ultimate winter Gap Year? Want to get paid to ski (or snowboard) AND get a qualification? EA Ski & Snowboard provide full training and a guaranteed instructing job... Whats the catch? You just need to be a motivated, personable with a passion for 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!
Costa Rica & Nicaragua Adventure
Costa Rica, Nicaragua
See the best of Costa Rica and Nicaragua in this unique Central America gap year adventure. From the deep and dense Cost Rican rainforest to quaint Caribbean beach towns, you will experience paradise in all its glory.
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!
Summer Camp Canada
You will have heard of summer camp in America but did you know there are also summer camps in Canada? A summer at a camp in Canada is your chance to work abroad in one of the most stunning counties in the world. Become a camp counselor or activity leader at an accredited Canadian camp.
Summer Camp in America
Spend 3 months having the most epic summer at camp in America. Travel the states and earn up to $1150 in pocket money. Become a Camp Counselor and push yourself to be a better person, you will walk away from the summer as a problem solver, a communicator and a team player.
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.