If you are sports mad, or have sporting teaching or coaching qualifications or skills that you could pass on to others, then spending your gap year on a sports themed project or course makes perfect sense. The gap years below could see you teaching rugby in South Africa, or gaining a professional ski instructor qualification in Canada. There are plenty of choices for every sports enthusiast.
Sports Coaching Volunteer and Internships
Gap Year Provider: TRU Experience Travel, Worldwide
Are you passionate about sport and passing on valuable skills to children? Grab this opportunity to take part in a project aimed at developing children’s sports skills while encouraging their emotional, social, physical and academic growth.
Sports Coaching Jobs in America
Gap Year Provider: Camp Leaders, North America
Coach sports to children in USA Summer Camps with Camp Leaders. The summer camp in America programme offers you the opportunity to gain over 500 hours of hands-on sports coaching, whether it's soccer, tennis, basketball or more.
Whistler Blackcomb & Silver Star
Join our Powder program for Whistler Blackcomb or Silver Star and spend a season with the Operations team - the best partys on the Mountain! Man the main village Gondola or the high Alpine lifts, the best office in the world. 4 x 8 hour shifts per week - best hours on the Mountain!
Affordable Overseas Volunteer Programs From £150
Plan My Gap Year is an award-winning international volunteer placement organisation based in the UK. We provide the worlds most affordable, need-driven and supportive short-term volunteer programmes in Africa and Asia. Our programmes start from just two weeks in duration right up to six months.
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!
Dance Gap Year
New York, New York Cordoba, Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Argentina
Primarily focused on the choreographic process, Dance Gap Year includes dance pedagogy, technique classes and community workshops. Classes are heavily focused in Modern, Contemporary, Improvisation, Hip Hop, and body wellness. Dancers put on a show case and must complete a 50 hour internship.
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 guarantee instructor job... Whats the catch? You just need to be a motivated, personable and reliable team player with a passion for sno
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.
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.
Bear Grylls Survival Academy - Instructors Course
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
Trainee Ski or Snowboard Instructor
Silver Star, BC
Join our Powder program for Silver Star and spend a season with the snowsports team teaching and inspiring the next generation. Suitable candidates will need to take and pass the Level 1 CASI or CSIA course on arrival to join the team.
Food & Beverages Department Whistler Blackcomb
Join the biggest department, serving hungry and cold skiers hearty food on top of the mountain. Some positions require skiing to work each morning all include a free meal every shift ( great for the budget!). Work 4 x 10 hours per week so plenty of time to play !! Please review our profile
Voluntary Sports Teaching & Coaching Projects Worldwide
Make a real difference in one of our outstanding, exciting sports teaching or coaching projects Worldwide - From Polo in Argentina to Football in Brazil to a Sports Internship in Australia, with over 20 projects in 9 countries Travellers Worldwide will have the ideal sports project for you.
Instructor Training + guaranteed job
Over 2000 qualified ski and snowboard instructors, a 99% pass rate, a great reputation & 25 top resorts across the globe! EA Ski and Snowboard training offers selected courses at the best rates in the industry. Training, exam, accommodation, lift pass, a guaranteed job offer and MORE!
Ski Instructor Course
Join the Skiforce team for an unforgettable season in the centre of Val d' Isere, the Mecca of European Snowsports, Skiforce is based in the only ski school in Val D'Isere that runs full Instructor Courses. The Ultimate Val D'Isere Instructor Course with free Heli ski!
Looking for something else? We have plenty more gap year ideas to inspire you.
Most of us only get the chance to indulge in our favourite sports in our free time. But would not it be great if we could play football, go mountain biking or surf some great beaches whenever we liked, rather than squeezing it in to an evening, or at the weekend after a long tiring week at work. Well as part of your gap year there is the chance to take part and get involved in any number of sporting activities. You may wish to volunteer as a sports coach, teaching in disadvantaged local communities to give youngsters sporting skills and experience that we take for granted at home. You may prefer to spend your time on a training course that leads to a professional instructor qualification in sports such as skiing, mountain biking or scuba diving. Or it may be that you just get the opportunity to improve your own sporting abilities with experiences like learning to sail in Australia or horse riding in Argentina.
Some of the sports gap year courses that we advertise even come with the offer of a job at the end of the training period. If you are looking to be involved in sports during your gap year, check out the courses above for lots of great ideas.