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PAID SUMMER GAP YEAR JOBS IN THE UK AND ABROAD

blue square You want to make the most of your gap year and of your summer... How about getting a paid gap year job or a paid summer job in the UK or further afield? This type of gap year is the best of both worlds - have a great summer and get paid for it! Working outdoors, leading activities for some of the UK's best known adventure companies is an ideal gap year. At Best Gap Year we have a variety of paid summer jobs in the UK and overseas, available for you to apply for right now.


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Adventure Instructor

Adventure Instructor

Gap Year Provider: In 2 Action, Forest of Dean, East Anglia, West Sussex and Buckinghamshire
Working in the outdoors is an amazing opportunity to escape the 9-5 routine. Try something new today. Have a job you love, make new friends and change children's lives.

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Multi Activity Instructor

Multi Activity Instructor

Gap Year Provider: Carlingford Adventure Centre, Carlingford (Leinster)
Get bored easily? Every day is different at Carlingford Adventure Centre. The huge variety of activities, scenery and people we work with means every day brings new experiences and challenges. Join us to be part of an instrumental team that coach and inspire people to do make the most of life!



Chalet Host

Chalet Host

France
As an Alpine Elements Chalet Host you will represent the company and be directly responsible for ensuring all of our chalet customer’s holiday expectations are exceeded. You will be responsible for hygiene, cooking, stock-control and budgeting.



Freelance Instructor

Freelance Instructor

Cornwall
Freelance Outdoor Activity Instructors BF Adventure is looking for qualified freelance instructors to work at its busy outdoor centre located near Falmouth in Cornwall. Qualifications required will be at least one or more from the following list: • BCU L1 coach (minimum) • SPA • Arche



Watersports Instructor

Watersports Instructor

Shropshire
We are looking for a watersports instructor to take a range of activities including; Stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and raft building for a mixed group of adults and children at a well-known and established glamping holiday resort in Shrewsbury



Residential Care Worker in Shropshire

Residential Care Worker in Shropshire

Nr Shrewsbury, Shropshire
New Reflexions are a specialist childcare organisation providing support to young people who have experienced trauma in their lives resulting in emotional and behavioural difficulties requiring a high level of intervention. We are currently looking to recruit Residential Care Workers.




Hotel Manager

Hotel Manager

Vassiliki - Surf Hotel
You will be responsible for the day-to-day management of your hotel and its staff, exceeding guest’s holiday expectations at all times. You have commercial accountability for budgeting and financial management, planning, organising and directing all hotel services.



 Waiter

Waiter

France
Reporting to the Hotel Manager/Restaurant Supervisor you will provide an efficient waiting service for up to 26 guests/ or 6 to 7 tables in one of Ski Hotels. You will be serving guests at breakfast and dinner, ensuring a high level of customer service at all times.



Senior Activity Courier

Senior Activity Courier

Various
Take the next step in your outdoor career and lead a small team for activity staff for the season. Do all of this whilst working abroad.



Outdoor Activity Instructors

Outdoor Activity Instructors

South East
Essex Outdoors is now recruiting for both experienced and trainee outdoor activity instructors to work throughout the 2018 season at one of our centres in Bradwell, Danbury, Harlow or Mersea.




Seasonal Outdoor Education Tutor

Seasonal Outdoor Education Tutor

Swanage, Dorset and Bonchurch, Isle of Wight
We're recruiting enthusiastic & positive individuals for our 2018 teams to set up and deliver our exciting and inspirational outdoor sessions. We welcome applications from those with or without experience, though a strong interest in outdoor education and working with children is essential.



Field Studies Instructor

Field Studies Instructor

Osmington Bay, Weymouth, Dorset; Little Canada, Wooton, Isle of Wight
As a PGL Field Studies Instructor, you will have the opportunity to bring the natural world to life introducing our guests to concepts of learning, using the outside world as your classroom.



Hotel Assistant

Hotel Assistant

Vassiliki - Surf Hotel
You will provide a warm, welcoming atmosphere for guests in our Hotels. You will assist with serving breakfast, work at the bar and serve dinner to our guests, ensuring a high level of customer service at all times. You will also carry out daily and weekly housekeeping duties.



Mountain Bike Mechanic

Mountain Bike Mechanic


Reporting to the Head Mountain Bike Mechanic you will assist with the overall smooth running of the Mountain Bike programme - guiding and maintaining our fleet of bikes and setting the bikes up for guests to use.




Assistant Instructor / Rep

Assistant Instructor / Rep

Argeles sur mer / Tossa de mar
An Assistant Instructors role is to support our instructional team delivering watersports activities. Even if you have limited previous experience in watersports our training and support programme will help you progress far quicker than you imagined. We can also offer NGBs.



Residential Care Worker in Wales

Residential Care Worker in Wales

Nr Bala, Gwynedd
New Reflexions are a specialist childcare organisation providing support to young people who have experienced trauma in their lives resulting in emotional and behavioural difficulties requiring a high level of intervention. We are currently looking to recruit Residential Care Workers.



Outdoor Learning/Activities Instructor

Outdoor Learning/Activities Instructor

Hampshire
Working in an enjoyable, busy atmosphere you will be required to deliver high quality activity programmes to a diverse range of groups including; schools, youth groups (including Prince’s Trust and NCS), corporate groups and individuals with additional support needs.



Outdoor Activity Instructor – Torquay

Outdoor Activity Instructor – Torquay

Torquay, Devon
If you love nothing more than being active, meeting new people, inspiring others, and spending time in the great outdoors then apply today to join PGL as an Outdoor Activity Instructor at our Barton Hall centre in Torquay, Devon.




Activities Manager

Activities Manager

Essex
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Management team at Stubbers Adventure Centre. As an Activity Manager at Stubbers you will be one of the key players in the day to day management of the centre and medium term planning.



Permanent Full-Time Senior Instructor

Permanent Full-Time Senior Instructor

Cornwall
An opportunity has become available for an experienced outdoor professional to join the Senior Team at Manor House Activity & Development Centre You will be working during the summer providing activity sessions to schools hens etc and leading elements of our Instructor Training Course in the wint



Axe Throwing Instructor

Axe Throwing Instructor

Birmingham
A Whistle Punks instructor is as reassuring as a mother’s kiss, patient as the day is long and firm as a bed of nails. All the while, channeling the most relentlessly energetic children’s TV presenter you can imagine.



Duke of Edinburgh’s Award County Co-ordinator

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award County Co-ordinator

Essex
Reporting to the County Manager for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), this role will be responsible for supporting the development of the DofE in Essex and implementing the strategy to work within a cost recoverable business model.




Chief instructor

Chief instructor

Argeles sur mer / Tossa de mar
The Chief Instructors principal role is to manage the beach and evening activities. Key accountabilities for this role include support of pre-season training and resort preparation, overseeing activity operations & team management, staff timetabling, health & safety, equipment mangement



Adventure Guide Leadership Program

Adventure Guide Leadership Program

Queenstown
The Adventure Guide Internship was constructed as a stepping stone into the adventure tourism industry, but also is the perfect GAP year option - offering qualifications and adventure all in one - perfect for people who haven’t quite decided what is the next step in life after high school or colle



Youth Squad Instuctor

Youth Squad Instuctor

Greece
As a Youth Squad Instructor you will be leading and assisting RYA sessions for any children/teens on holiday with Ocean Elements. You will provide practical and theory based tuition that adheres to RYA criteria.



Watersports Instructor

Watersports Instructor

Shrewsbury
Based at one of our Centres, Full time, live in seasonal contract. The Watersports Instructor is responsible for the delivery of all water sports activity sessions to our client groups in a safe, enjoyable and professional manner.




Sous Chef

Sous Chef

Vassiliki - Surf Hotel
You will assist in the running every aspect of the Hotel Kitchen. Supporting the Head Chef in the management of a team of chefs (size dependent on property size), you would take responsibility for ensuring the preparation, delivery and service of food within your property.



Residential Care Worker in Cumbria

Residential Care Worker in Cumbria

Penrith, Cumbria
New Reflexions are a specialist childcare organisation providing support to young people who have experienced trauma in their lives resulting in emotional and behavioural difficulties requiring a high level of intervention. We are currently looking to recruit Residential Care Workers.



Multi Activity Instructor

Multi Activity Instructor

Cornwall
At Outdoor Adventure we are currently recruiting qualified activity instructors to work for us during 2018 and beyond. We are particularly interested in hearing from individuals who have previous experience in working with a range of clients, including school groups.



Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor

Blackland Farm (West Sussex) & Foxlease (Hampshire) & Waddow Hall (Lancashire)
Join us this season as an Activity Instructor at one of Girguiding’s adventure-filled Training and Activity Centres! This will escape the traditional 9 to 5 working day and provide a hands-on, all systems-go experience.




Photographer

Photographer

Vassiliki - Surf Hotel
You will be responsible for the capture, promotion and sale of high quality images of our clients. You must be organised and have the ability to meet sales targets. The majority of your day-to-day will be spent either on land or in a powerboat, capturing images of guests partaking in activities.



Activity Courier

Activity Courier

Various
Working overseas is an amazing opportunity for anyone. You will meet lots of new friends and visit some lovely places.



Multi Activity Instructor

Multi Activity Instructor

Upminster, Essex
With a massive range of activities set in 130 acres of Essex countryside in close proximity to London, Stubbers is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors without being miles away from anywhere.



Kitchen Porter

Kitchen Porter

Vassiliki - Surf Hotel
You will be an integral part of the overseas Hotel Team, ensuring our customers’ expectations are exceeded at every opportunity. Reporting to the Head chef and Assistant/Hotel Managers, you are responsible for the hygiene and safety standards within our Hotels Kitchens.




General Assistant

General Assistant

Blackland Farm (West Sussex) & Foxlease (Hampshire) & Waddow Hall (Lancashire)
Join us this season as a General Assistant at one of Girguiding’s adventure-filled Training and Activity Centres! This will escape the traditional 9 to 5 working day and provide a hands-on, all systems-go experience.



Assistant Hotel Manager

Assistant Hotel Manager

Vassiliki
You will, under the Hotel Manager's instruction, be responsible for the day-to-day running of the hotel and its staff, exceeding guests' holiday expectations at all times. You have commercial accountability for budgeting and financial management,planning, organising and directing all hotel services



Senior Instructor

Senior Instructor

France and Italy
Want to further your career in the Outdoor Industry? We are recruiting Senior Activity Instructors who will be responsible for the delivery of activity sessions to our guests at our centres in the France and Italy.



Bar Assistant

Bar Assistant

Vassiliki
You will provide a warm, welcoming atmosphere for guests in our Hotels. You will assist with running the bar ensuring a high level of customer service at all times in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere.




Get trained as a Paddlesports Instructor. No experience necessary!

Get trained as a Paddlesports Instructor. No experience necessary!

Across the UK
Gain free UKCC Paddling qualifications when you join PGL as a Paddlesports Instructor. Share your love of the outdoors at a range of stunning locations in the UK. If you love being active, meeting new people, inspiring others, and spending time in the great outdoors then this is the job for you.



 Kids Club Activity Leader

Kids Club Activity Leader

France
Dependant on location you will report to the Activities Manager or the Childcare Manager where you will assist with the overall smooth running of the Childcare programme 5-6 days a week, including chilled evening activities, such as movie night.



Maintenance Person

Maintenance Person


You will be responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of all Ocean Elements property within resort. You will work on a rota basis to coincide with our chalets within resort but it is expected you possess a flexible attitude as this is an ‘on-call’ role.



Outdoor Activity Instructor

Outdoor Activity Instructor

Various locations across the UK
Discover your new working adventure in the outdoors with PGL.




Beach Senior

Beach Senior

Porto Heli, Leda (Horto),Vassiliki
You will maintain the overall smooth running of the waterfront. As a Beach Senior you will be responsible for providing support to your team of Watersports Instructors, the Activities Supervisor and Activities Manager, occasionally acting in any of these roles in their absence.



Paddlesports Instructor

Paddlesports Instructor

Various
The summer is approaching and time is running out for those who want to work as a Paddlesports Instructor with PGL this summer! You'll use your Level 1 3* Open Canoe qualifications to lead paddling sessions. Apply NOW to work in the sun this summer!



Greece Area Manager

Greece Area Manager


Are you an experienced centre manager, with a background in watersports, activities, yachting or hospitality? This Greece-based, seasonal role is responsible for the direct management of the resort-level managers and their departments, with close involvement with the Yachting and Flotilla Operation.



Seasonal Activity Instructor

Seasonal Activity Instructor

Cornwall
We are looking for confident, outgoing Outdoor Instructors to join our team for 2018! The Manor House is an exceptional activity centre close to the beaches of North Cornwall, providing residential activity courses to schools, hen activity weekends, activity holidays and corporate events.




Dinghy Instructor

Dinghy Instructor

Argeles sur mer / Tossa de mar
Our Instructors are the heart of our activity programmes. Leading watersports sessions and helping deliver all aspects of the Voyager Adventure programme. You'll spend a lot of time on the water, both training and leading activities, you'll also see the region by accompany groups on excursion.



Trainee management program

Trainee management program

Sweden, Holland, Norway, Finland, UK
We are an international outdoor adventure company located in the UK, Central Europe, Australia and Canada. We are currently focused on expanding in Europe and have opportunities at multiple levels. If you are active, love the outdoors, travel we would like to hear from you.



 Kitchen Porter / Night Porter

Kitchen Porter / Night Porter

France
Reporting to the Head Chef and Assistant / Hotel Manager our KPNPs are responsible for the hygiene and safety standards within our Hotels Kitchens and the high standards of customer service during the Night Porter shifts.



Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor

UK, France and Italy
Seasonal positions available from April to September 2018!! Our teams of Activity Instructors deliver taster activity sessions and an evening entertainment programme to our guests.




Paddle Sports instructor

Paddle Sports instructor

Argeles sur mer / Tossa de mar
Our Instructors are the heart of our activity programmes. Leading watersports sessions and helping deliver all aspects of the Voyager Adventure programme. You'll spend a lot of time on the water, both training and leading activities, you'll also see the region by accompany groups on excursion.



Activities Manager

Activities Manager

Greece
You will be responsible for the overall smooth running of the activities offered in resort and delivering our customers’ expectations of outstanding customer service. You will be responsible for providing support to the Instructors.



Chef - 2017

Chef - 2017

Stowmarket, Suffolk
We're looking for a positive, motivated and experienced Chef at our Suffolk based centre, Walnutree Manor. In this role you will provide good quality food to staff and children aged 6 to 18 years of age. This will include breakfast, lunch and dinner for a maximum 300 covers daily in busy period



Senior Instructor

Senior Instructor

Argeles sur mer / Tossa de mar
The Senior Instructors role is to support the Chief Instructor in delivering pre-season training and the daily operational requirements of the Voyager Adventure programme. Leading by example to set the highest professional standards for the resort team.




Cook

Cook

Various locations across the UK
Join modern catering enterprises at PGL's activity centres across the UK. set up to deliver excellence in both service and food, you'll work in a supportive environment and have a fantastic time.



Active Leader

Active Leader

France
As a passionate sports and activities enthusiast, you will ensure our guests' holidays are filled with fun and exciting activities throughout the week.



Bar / Restaurant Supervisor

Bar / Restaurant Supervisor

Vassiliki
You will work closely with the Hotel Manager to deliver excellent customer service and seamless delivery of all beverage services including afternoon tea. You will oversee, manage, develop and inspire the Hotel/Bar Assistants to ensure that the Hospitality staff are performing at the top level!



Cook - France

Cook - France

Northern France
PGL's catering operations are modern enterprises set up to deliver excellence in both service and food at their activity centres. As well as providing supportive and fun environments to work, you'll get the chance to have a fantastic experience in one of the most beautiful regions of the world.




Apprenticeship in outdoor activity leadership

Apprenticeship in outdoor activity leadership

Staffordshire
An apprenticeship with Beaudesert Outdoor Activity Centre is an amazing opportunity. We work with 1st2Achieve to deliver a fantastic NVQ level 2 in outdoor activity leadership. At the end of our apprenticeship you will have real hands on experience enabling you to begin a career in the outdoors



Adventure Manager

Adventure Manager

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.



Assistant Hotel Manager

Assistant Hotel Manager

France
As an Assistant Hotel Manager you will under the Hotel Managers instruction be responsible for the day-to-day running of the hotel and its staff exceeding guest’s holiday expectations at all times.



Activity Manager

Activity Manager

France
The Activity Manager role is ideal for an experienced senior or chief activity instructor with a proven supervisory background looking to progress in the outdoor industry.




Village Manager

Village Manager

Wales and France
Customer Focused, Friendly, Energetic Team Members Wanted! As the Village Manager your main responsibility is to ensure that our guests have a smooth and successful trip or holiday whilst on centre, outside of activity sessions.



River Leader

River Leader

The Ardèche
Want to further your career in Paddlesports? Acorn Adventure are recruiting River Leaders who will be responsible for the delivery of various activity sessions to guests at our centre in Savane in Southern France. We are also launching a 5 Star Open Canoe Training & Assessment Scheme for experience



Apprentice Activity Instructor

Apprentice Activity Instructor

Blackland Farm (West Sussex) & Foxlease (Hampshire) & Waddow Hall (Lancashire)
Join us this season as an Apprentice Activity Instructor at one of Girguiding’s adventure-filled Training and Activity Centres! This will escape the traditional 9 to 5 working day and provide a hands-on, all systems-go experience.





Summer Season Jobs

There are residential summer camps and outdoor activity centres dotted throughout the UK and they all need to pay seasonal staff to run their activities for their visitors. Although professional adventure staff will be the first port of call, many centres need so many staff that previous experience is not always required. For this reason, the paid summer jobs on this page are absolutely perfect for gap year students. Jobs include support staff (Apprentice Activity Leader) to qualified instructors (Outdoor Activity Instructor, Watersports Instructor, Paddlesports Instructor or Adventure Instructor). Applications are welcomed from people who have the energy and enthusiasm to relate to young people. You will need good organisational skills and effective communication skills to be able to deliver exceptional customer service. Your paid gap year job in the UK or paid summer job in the UK will introduce young people to a variety of outdoor activities, from high-ropes, climbing and zip-lining to kayaking, canoeing and canyoning. These outdoor activities must be delivered as a safe and enjoyable experience. Your paid summer job in the UK or paid gap year job in the UK will broaden your experience and give you numerous transferable skills. Most of the paid summer jobs in the UK and paid gap year jobs in the UK come with accommodation provided. These residential summer camps and outdoor activity centres are often great bases to explore the rest of the UK.

If you are looking to train up to be a fully qualified instructor, there are Apprentice Activity Leader programmes available. Often you will be sponsored to take nationally recognised qualifications, paid an apprentice salary and be given subsidised accommodation and board. Getting paid to live and work at a residential summer camp or outdoor activity centre is the best way to qualify as an Instructor. To top it all off, you may be offered a paid job at the end of your training!

Taking a gap year in the UK? Fancy a paid summer job? Have a passion for outdoor activities? If you are thinking about taking a gap year in the UK, a summer job in the UK should be your first port of call.