Adventure Gap Year Courses

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.

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.


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Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor


As an Activity Instructor you will provide a high standard of instruction to our clients. If you are hard working, a team player, and have the enthusiasm and motivation to work in a diverse environment then Rockley could have a contract to suit you.
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Make an enquiry with Rockley Watersports

Nepal and Tibet Semester Gap Year Program
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Nepal and Tibet Semester Gap Year Program


On this 10 week program in Nepal&Tibet you experience Nepali language&culture immersion whilst home-staying in a rural village.You'll have the opportunity to volunteer on a community development project, trek Annapurna circuit, study yoga&meditation, raft down Kali Gandaki & visit Everest Base Camp.
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Make an enquiry with Pacific Discovery




Farm work in Australia

Farm work in Australia


Working on a farm is a great way to experience life in rural Australia. Starting in the training week and continuing on throughout your employment, learn to ride motorbikes and horses, use machinery such as tractors, and work with livestock. A job is guaranteed after the training course.
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

Summer Camp Counsellor Job
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Summer Camp Counsellor Job


Elevate your summer this year in Canada. Summer camps in Canada are looking to recruit camp counsellors for this summer. Being a camp counsellor at a summer camp means every day is an adventure. Whilst making memories and friends that will last a lifetime.
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Make an enquiry with Camp Canada

6 Week Dinghy Instructor Training Programme

6 Week Dinghy Instructor Training Programme


We have been qualifying watersports instructors for over 30 years and our reputation within the industry is unmatched. We constantly review and adapt our training programmes to ensure they meet the changing needs of the industry. Our 6-week professional outdoor instructor training programme include
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Make an enquiry with Plas Menai

Nepal and Tibet Semester Gap Year Program
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Nepal and Tibet Semester Gap Year Program


On this 10 week program in Nepal&Tibet you experience Nepali language&culture immersion whilst home-staying in a rural village.You'll have the opportunity to volunteer on a community development project, trek Annapurna circuit, study yoga&meditation, raft down Kali Gandaki & visit Everest Base Camp.
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Make an enquiry with Pacific Discovery

Bear Grylls Survival Academy - Instructors Course

Bear Grylls Survival Academy - Instructors Course


Work alongside Bear’s skilled team of adventure and survival experts and as the Academy grows on an international scale work on a wide range of outdoor survival courses. Passing the course provides accredited qualifications for teaching and assisting to teach in the outdoor sector.
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Make an enquiry with Bear Grylls Survival Academy

Abseil Instructor

Abseil Instructor


We are recruiting abseil instructors and ground crew staff to deliver an 85 metre abseil experience from the Arcelormittal Orbit in the Olympic Park, London. This is well paid, mainly weekend work.
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Make an enquiry with Wire & Sky

Activity Specialist at Summer Camp
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Activity Specialist at Summer Camp


This is your chance to experience a summer in Canada on a whole new level. Camps are currently looking to recruit a variety of different activity specialists to spend a summer working on their camps. Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime in the beautiful and authentic Canadian wilderness.
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Make an enquiry with Camp Canada

Marine Conservation Expedition in Timor-Leste

Marine Conservation Expedition in Timor-Leste


You’ll discover unspoiled paradise beaches and dive and snorkel in the turquoise waters of the world’s most biodiverse oceans. You’ll help collect data vital to the locally led management of vibrant coral reefs while experiencing the culture and the surrounding landscapes of this beautiful cou
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Make an enquiry with Blue Ventures

Work on a summer camp in the USA - Outdoor Adventure Instructor

Work on a summer camp in the USA - Outdoor Adventure Instructor


Love the great outdoors and have a strong sense of adventure? Want to spend your summer up in the air on camps high ropes, flying through camp on the zipline or working on the climbing tower? Look no further…
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Make an enquiry with Camp America

Outdoor Instructor Training Programme

Outdoor Instructor Training Programme


Outdoor Instructor Trainee Programme Share Discovery Village based in Co Fermanagh is offering you the opportunity of a lifetime! Apply to become a highly qualified Outdoor Instructor in Ireland’s most prestigious Outdoor Instructor Training Programme. Training lasts for 12 months.
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Make an enquiry with Share Discovery Village

Work an Equestrian Role at a Summer Camp in the USA

Work an Equestrian Role at a Summer Camp in the USA


If spending your entire summer abroad, getting paid to look after and work with ponies and horses, sounds like a dream come true then keep dreaming!
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Make an enquiry with Wildpacks

2 week Whale and Dolphin Expedition in Timor-Leste

2 week Whale and Dolphin Expedition in Timor-Leste


On this exclusive adventure you’ll discover unspoiled beaches and dive (or snorkel) on the world's most biodiverse coral reefs. You’ll participate in cetacean surveys, spotting whales and dolphins as well as experience the immersive culture and the stunning landscapes of this beautiful country.
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Make an enquiry with Blue Ventures

Teach Watersports at a Summer Camp in the USA

Teach Watersports at a Summer Camp in the USA


Love splashing around? Every camp will have a large waterfront program and therefore will need competent and skilled instructors to teach in this area.
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Make an enquiry with Wildpacks

South East Asia Gap Year Semester Program
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South East Asia Gap Year Semester Program


This 10 week South East Asia Program incorporates various service learning projects such as elephant conservation & volunteering with a school. In addition expect a meditation retreat, rock climbing, caving, trekking, river boat, tubing, jungle exploring, visiting temples, muay thai & cookery class
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Make an enquiry with Pacific Discovery

Skiers wanted Become an instructor - training and job included

Skiers wanted Become an instructor - training and job included


Want to get turn your love of skiing or snowboarding into a career? Become a ski or snowboard instructor in 2019. Receive world-class training, gain internationally recognised qualifications and get a guaranteed paid job offer at the ski resort of your choice.
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Make an enquiry with EA Ski and Snowboard

Travel the globe with the coolest job on earth

Travel the globe with the coolest job on earth


EA Ski & Snowboard are the world's largest provider of ski and snowboard instructor internships. Turn your love of skiing or snowboarding into a career. Receive world-class training, gain an internationally recognised qualification and get a guaranteed paid job offer - all in one season.
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Make an enquiry with EA Ski and Snowboard

Gap Year South Africa SUMMER QUEST February to March

Gap Year South Africa SUMMER QUEST February to March


Summer Quest is a 50 day gap year program that runs from February to March in South Africa. The Summer Quest is built around the Toltec Emotional Fitness course, Adventure Pursuits, Community Service, Workplace Ready courses and the Conservation Awareness and Experience components.
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Make an enquiry with Warriors Academy

Adventure Guide Program - Patagonia
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Adventure Guide Program - Patagonia


Patagonia. Where else in the world would you want to perfect your outdoor skills? Rugged, remote, vast and sublime - Patagonia’s beauty is unrivalled, and the trekking is unreal.
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Make an enquiry with Pure Exploration

Teach Performing & Creative Arts at a Summer Camp in the USA

Teach Performing & Creative Arts at a Summer Camp in the USA


If you and your friends have a passion for just about any creative pursuit – ranging from music and dance to glass blowing and art – there could be a great job waiting for you this summer.
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Make an enquiry with Wildpacks

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 program within the French Alps.
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Make an enquiry with Alpine Elements

Volunteer at a rural community South Africa

Volunteer at a rural community South Africa


Volunteer at a rural charity in South Africa. Live and work onsite, get to know a new culture and play a key role in various projects to help uplift the community, teach children, develop local infrastructure and the economy and break the poverty cycle in this personally rewarding experience.
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Make an enquiry with Hamba Africa

Summer hospitality work in the Rockies

Summer hospitality work in the Rockies


Working in housekeeping or the food department in a Canadian hotel is the perfect opportunity to work through summer, exploring a new country and earning money during your stay. With plenty of free time to venture into the surrounding countryside, this role offers a unique opportunity.
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

Work an Adventure Role at a Summer Camp in the USA

Work an Adventure Role at a Summer Camp in the USA


Do you love heights, thrills and have a sense of adventure? If this sounds like you then you should definitely apply for one of the adventure and outdoor jobs at camp.
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Make an enquiry with Wildpacks

Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa

Volunteer with monkeys in South Africa


Volunteer at a primate rehabilitation centre in rural Africa and be prepared for lots of monkey hugs! You'll be a surrogate parent to orphaned and mistreated monkeys and baboons, as they continue on their journey back to life in the wild.
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

Adventure Guide Program - New Zealand
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Adventure Guide Program - New Zealand


Head to NZ for 12 weeks of adventure travel to rival any other. Whether you are looking for a foot in the door to an adventure tourism career or the ultimate adventure holiday, this program will perfect your outdoor survival skills, surround you with awesome people & explore the stunning landscape.
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Make an enquiry with Pure Exploration

Activity Leader – PE - Middlesex

Activity Leader – PE - Middlesex


Join Fit For Sport’s as an Activity Leader – PE. Reporting to the Site Manager you will responsible for the planning and delivery of curriculum driven Physical Education within our Schools Programme in line with our Fit for Sport guidelines and values.
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Make an enquiry with Fit For Sport

Gap Year Programs in Latin America
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Gap Year Programs in Latin America


Gap year programs are transformative. The more life experience you bring to university and to your career the more successful you will be. This is because you are more focused and more aware of what you actually want to do. There are so many great reasons to travel!
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Make an enquiry with Maximo Nivel

Wildlife conservation experience plus travel week (South Africa)

Wildlife conservation experience plus travel week (South Africa)


4 Weeks wildlife placement working on over 12 conservation projects in the greater Kruger National park plus a week dedicated to adventure and travel! Explore South Africa, help wildlife, discover natural wonders and try adrenaline pumping activities.
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Make an enquiry with Hamba Africa

Expedition Leader Program

Expedition Leader Program


This is a comprehensive program for people looking to become globally experienced and qualified Expedition Leaders, capable of leading treks into high altitude and developing world regions.
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Make an enquiry with Pure Exploration

Gain a TESOL and teach in Thailand

Gain a TESOL and teach in Thailand


Join our 120 hour TESOL course in either Hua Hin or Chiang Mai and gain a teaching job in Thailand. The course includes a fun-filled orientation week before the 120 accredited TESOL course begins.
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

Apprentice Activity Leader

Apprentice Activity Leader


We are getting ready for a huge year of adventure, and we would love you to be part of it. If you’re passionate about working in the outdoors, inspiring young people to learn through having fun and helping them to become the best they can be.
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Make an enquiry with Kingswood

Activity Instructor

Activity Instructor


As an Activity Instructor you will provide a high standard of instruction to our clients. If you are hard working, a team player, and have the enthusiasm and motivation to work in a diverse environment then Rockley could have a contract to suit you.
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Make an enquiry with Rockley Watersports

Mountain Bike Instructor

Mountain Bike Instructor


Flying Fish have been delivering courses and getting people qualified in the Outdoor Industry for years. Our Mountain Bike Instructor course is ideal for anyone looking to become more proficient on their bike or who wants to go on and teach. Get in touch for more information.
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Make an enquiry with OutdoorJAC

Multi-activity instructor in Switzerland

Multi-activity instructor in Switzerland


If you enjoy working with children, join our team of international staff in Switzerland for an incredibly rewarding experience in a beautiful mountain resort. You will instruct and assist in a programme of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, climbing, canyoning and orienteering.
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Make an enquiry with Viamonde

Social and Community Development in the Kingdom of Swaziland

Social and Community Development in the Kingdom of Swaziland


Volunteer to help care for orphaned and vulnerable children in Swaziland or South Africa. Assist with pre-school education and facilitating the All Out Africa syllabus of activities, provide meals, helping to guide the children, while giving them care and adult support.
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Make an enquiry with All Out Africa

Activity Leader – Childcare - London

Activity Leader – Childcare - London


Join the Fit For Sport Delivery Team as an Activity Leader – Child Care Qualified. Childcare NVQ level 2 (minimum) or similar you will support the business with your knowledge and experience of compliance e.g. sign in / sign out, headcounts accident and incident reporting procedures as examples.
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Make an enquiry with Fit For Sport

Child Care in Cape Town

Child Care in Cape Town


Volunteer to help care for underprivileged children in Cape Town, South Africa. This project aims to provide support to some of the preschool centers that have opened in townships to assist these children.
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Make an enquiry with All Out Africa

New Zealand Australia Gap Year Semester Program
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New Zealand Australia Gap Year Semester Program


This is our most popular Program,a 10 week program in NZ & Australia. Think service learning conservation projects in diverse national parks, outdoors expeditions, backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, surfing & educational adventure travel in NZ & Australia's mountain, forest and beach environments
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Make an enquiry with Pacific Discovery

Paid Work

Paid Work


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 & enhance your CV.
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide

Teach Sports at a Summer Camp in the USA

Teach Sports at a Summer Camp in the USA


Not only could you be enjoying teaching your sport at camp but you will be having a laugh with people your age, going for nights out and enjoying your days off exploring America.
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Make an enquiry with Wildpacks

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Lifeguard

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Lifeguard


Are you a qualified Lifeguard? Want to move your job from the pool to a lake in the USA? Then Camp America is for you! Spend your summer soaking up the sun with the coolest job on camp. Many of the camps we work with have a picturesque lake or swimming pool which is an amazing way to spend summer!
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Make an enquiry with Camp America

Lionfish Dive Trip in Belize

Lionfish Dive Trip in Belize


Join a National Geographic Tour of a Lifetime at our beautiful dive camp in the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve in order to improve your dive skills, learn about the marine environment, survey and hunt and dissect invasive lionfish, and contribute to valuable marine research.
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Make an enquiry with Blue Ventures

Call for Interns, Instructors and Seniors in Outdoor Education

Call for Interns, Instructors and Seniors in Outdoor Education


At Ecoventure our goal is to increase environmental awareness and inspire young people though outdoor education. We are looking to employ enthusiastic people with a passion for outdoor education and the environment who can help us meet this goal.
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Make an enquiry with Ecoventure

Wildlife volunteer in greater Kruger National Park
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Wildlife volunteer in greater Kruger National Park


Join our 4 weeks all inclusive volunteer placements in the greater Kruger National park, South Africa. Live on a big 5 wildlife reserve, take part in game drives, bush walks and over 12 different and important conservation projects! Perfect both for a gap year experience or wildlife enthusiasts
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Make an enquiry with Hamba Africa

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA


Are you ready to make summer 2020 the best one yet? Get ready for real fun, real travel and real adventure with the real Camp America. Camp America is your chance to spend nine weeks living and working on an amazing summer camp in the USA.
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Make an enquiry with Camp America

Marine Research & Whale Shark Conservation in Mozambique

Marine Research & Whale Shark Conservation in Mozambique


On the Marine Research & Whale Shark Conservation Project, you will help carry out the Marine Research and monitoring for the project under the guidance of our project scientists. You can expect an excellent diving, snorkeling and beach experience whilst gaining first hand Marine Research skills!
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Make an enquiry with All Out Africa

Gap Year South Africa  WINTER QUEST June to August

Gap Year South Africa WINTER QUEST June to August


Winter Quest is a 50 day Gap Year program in South Africa. It's winter! It's really cold! Tracksuits, thermal underwear, beanies, jackets and an extra warmer blanket are now necessary. The Winter Quest has a number of highlights which provide further challenges for the Warriors.
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Make an enquiry with Warriors Academy

Superyacht Crew - Deckhand, Steward, Stewardess, Yacht Chef, Engineers

Superyacht Crew - Deckhand, Steward, Stewardess, Yacht Chef, Engineers


Would you like to work as a deckhand, steward, stewardess, engineer or chef on a luxury superyacht?
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Make an enquiry with Galileo Maritime Academy

Outdoor Activity Instructor (Apprenticeship)

Outdoor Activity Instructor (Apprenticeship)


Walesby Forest is an outdoor activity centre set in over 250 acres of Sherwood Forest, with more than 80 years of heritage and a friendly team at it's core. We offer young people the opportunity to enjoy more than 30 exciting activities including abseiling, climbing, watersports and quad biking.
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Make an enquiry with Walesby Forest

Superyacht Career Entry Courses

Superyacht Career Entry Courses


Start your new career now and join this adventurous industry. Our superyacht career entry packages are designed to get you started as crew on board a luxury superyacht. No experience necessary as we provide everything you need to know to become a successful crew member in this elite industry.
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Make an enquiry with Galileo Maritime Academy

Gap Year South Africa SPRING QUEST August to September

Gap Year South Africa SPRING QUEST August to September


Spring Quest is a 50 day Gap Year program in South Africa. Spring is fresh, and a mixture of the seasons, stay prepared with your clothing... Again we are only at Base Camp for about 15% of the Quest, and now we move over towards the magical and popular Cape Province
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Make an enquiry with Warriors Academy

Watersports Instructor Training UK

Watersports Instructor Training UK


UKSA’s UK Watersports Instructor training course is a great way to kick-start your career. We will train you in four disciplines and give you all of the qualifications needed to work as a Watersports Instructor.
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Make an enquiry with UKSA

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Sports Instructor

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Sports Instructor


American summer camps offer a huge range of sports for the kids, which creates a big need for Sports Counsellors. Camps will normally have Tennis, Gymnastics, Golf, Soccer, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Baseball, Basketball - plus many more! So if you love sports, then we need you!
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Make an enquiry with Camp America

Outdoor Instructor

Outdoor Instructor


As an Outdoor Instructor, you will deliver a range of fun, memorable and tailored adventurous activities, experiences and adventure holidays aimed at families, individuals and groups. Such as snowmobile tours, ice fishing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
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Make an enquiry with Davvi Arctic

RYA Dinghy Instructor

RYA Dinghy Instructor


This comprehensive five-day course (minimum age 16) enables candidates to teach beginners up to Seamanship Skills and Spinnaker courses.
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Make an enquiry with Aqua Sports

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Watersports Instructor

Work on a Summer Camp in the USA - Watersports Instructor


Love spending time in or around the water? Have experience in a water sport activity? Look no further… As waterfront staff, you could be involved in a variety of different roles. Water sports can include; Sailing, Water-skiing, Canoeing, Windsurfing, Paddle boarding and more!
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Make an enquiry with Camp America

Become a qualified ski instructor - Train, qualify and work all in one season

Become a qualified ski instructor - Train, qualify and work all in one season


Do you want a career that will take you across the globe? Do you want to live and work in the world's top ski destinations? Become a ski instructor with EA Ski & Snowboard and fast-track your career in the snow industry. Choose from 26 resorts across five countries.
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Make an enquiry with EA Ski and Snowboard

7 week Level 1 and 2 ski instructor course in Whistler

7 week Level 1 and 2 ski instructor course in Whistler


Gain your ski instructor qualifications and become a pro in just 7 weeks on our course in Whistler Blackcomb. If you are short on time, this is one of the quickest ways to get your CSIA Level 1 and 2. Exam fees included. This course also includes the Avalanche Skills Level 1 course!
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide Ski

Safari to Coast - Southern Africa Adventure

Safari to Coast - Southern Africa Adventure


Not only will you have the amazing opportunity to see some of Africas most incredible wildlife, snorkel with Whale Sharks and paddle to a tropical palm fringed islands but you will also have the opportunity to participate in an important community development projects. Experience the best of SA!
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Make an enquiry with All Out Africa

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Instructor Course and Job

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Instructor Course and Job


Qualify as a Level 1 ski instructor in the world-class resort of Whistler and then teach for the rest of the season! Spend your days on the mountain, earning money and teaching kids to ski. The CSIA Level 1 Ski Instructor training and exam are included. Book now!
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Make an enquiry with Oyster Worldwide Ski

Paid Ski Instructor Courses

Paid Ski Instructor Courses


We are looking for skiers and snowboarders with at least 4 weeks experience to train to become qualified instructors and work the whole length of a winter in a paid instructor job in Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Europe. Think you've got what it takes? Check if you are eligible below!
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Make an enquiry with WE ARE SNO

Outdoor Activity Instructor – Recruiting now for 2019!

Outdoor Activity Instructor – Recruiting now for 2019!


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 in 2020.
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Make an enquiry with PGL

Camp Leader / Senior Instructor

Camp Leader / Senior Instructor


This role involves management of a team of Tribe Leaders and Field Cook, as well as the day-to-day responsibilities of running an inspiring residential camp, you will be looking after your camp through facilitating activities for students during their stay with us.
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Make an enquiry with The Bushcraft Company